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Rotary Virtual Remembrance Tree Christmas 2020

Rotary Virtual Remembrance Tree – Members of the Limerick Thomond Rotary Club at the Launch of the Limerick Thomond Rotary Club Virtual Remembrance Tree Launch at Bedford Row. Picture Brendan Gleeson

Rotary Virtual Remembrance Tree Christmas 2020

By I Love Limerick correspondent Mary Caroline McCarthy

Rotary Virtual Remembrance Tree

Tony Brazil, Ger Lynch, President, Mayor of Limerick, Michael Collins and Fergus Quinlivan, wishing Limerick the best in the All Ireland at the launch of the Limerick Thomond Rotary Club Virtual Remembrance Tree at Bedford Row. Picture Brendan Gleeson

Every year the Limerick Thomond Rotary club puts up their remembrance tree on Bedford Row so that everyone in Limerick City can remember the ones they have lost throughout the year, and unfortunately this year more people then not have suffered a loss of some kind in their family.

Each year since 2009, Limerick Thomond Rotary Club has run its annual Remembrance Tree. The tree provides a public space for people to remember loved ones who have passed on or who are unable to be with them for Christmas. It is always free to put a ribbon on the tree, but donations are always welcomed for whatever charity the donations are benefitting.

Limerick Thomond Rotary was founded in 1984. Over the years this club has pioneered projects both on a National and International stage that aims to support and assist people and communities. The Rotary motto is “Service above Self” and which is demonstrated by its members who volunteer their time, energy, and know-how to the many projects that are planned each year.

They have spearheaded and managed initiatives across a number of areas including youth events, local community, and several fundraising activities including the annual Remembrance Tree. Internationally Limerick Thomond Rotary is part of the Rotary campaign and supports entrepreneurs in third-world countries through the provision of finance under the Lend with Care process.

This year due to Covid-19 things are different and Limerick Thomond Rotary club has had to go a different way, but they are adamant that people will get the chance to remember their loved ones this Christmas.

They do have a virtual Remembrance tree where people may remember their loved ones at this special time by visiting their website and writing a name on a virtual ribbon.


The beneficiaries of the 2020 Virtual Tree are Pieta House and Cuan Mhuire. Pieta House provides free therapy to those engaging in self-harm, with suicidal ideation, or people who are bereaved by suicide. Cuan Mhuire is Ireland’s largest voluntary provider of addiction treatment services and residential rehabilitation. Limerick Thomond Rotary is delighted to support such worthwhile causes that are so important locally in Limerick.

Names placed on the virtual ribbons will be then placed on the altar at a remembrance service which will be taking place in the Augustinians Church, O’Connell St. Limerick in the new year.

Ger Lynch, President of Limerick Thomond Rotary Club, said, “This is a wonderful opportunity for visitors and citizens to have their own ribbons on the Virtual Remembrance Tree while also contributing to nominated organisations. Over €190k has been collected and distributed since this project was first introduced in 2009 and we welcome your support in continuing the unique project.”


To put a ribbon on their virtual tree, go HERE

To Donate to their fundraiser, go HERE

For more stories on Limerick Thomond Rotary Club, go HERE

Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.