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2024 Team Limerick Clean-Up (TLC) returned bigger than ever for its 9th year this Good Friday with 22,000 volunteers across the city and county taking part 1 2024 Team Limerick Clean-Up (TLC) returned bigger than ever for its 9th year this Good Friday with 22,000 volunteers across the city and county taking part 1

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Team Limerick Clean-Up 9 2024 returned bigger than ever this Good Friday with 22,000 volunteers across the city and county taking part. Pictured above are TLC Founders JP McManus, Paul O’ Connell and Helen O’Donnell. Plicture: Olena Oleksienko/ilovelimerick

2024 Team Limerick Clean-Up (TLC) returned bigger than ever for its 9th year this Good Friday with 22,000 volunteers across the city and county taking part

2024 Team Limerick Clean-Up (TLC) returned bigger than ever for its 9th year this Good Friday with 22,000 volunteers across the city and county taking part
Castletroy and Monaleen residents pictured above. Picture: Olena Oleksienko/ilovelimerick

Cementing itself as Ireland’s largest one day clean-up event, Team Limerick Clean-Up (TLC) returned bigger than ever for its 9th year this Good Friday with 22,000 volunteers across the city and county taking part.  

Continuing the year-on-year rise in popularity, this year showed a 53% increase in sports clubs signed up to take part.  

Alongside sporting groups, hundreds of other groups took part, from scout groups to men’s sheds, businesses to schools and community and tidy towns groups.


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A longstanding highlight of the event is the tea and coffee gatherings that take place after the clean-ups. For these, groups are supplied with tea, coffee, and hot cross buns at a location of their choice, where they can toast to all their hard work.

Mayor of the City and County of Limerick, Cllr Gerald Mitchell thanked the thousands of volunteers saying, “It is wonderful to see so many schools, residents, businesses, and community groups unite under the banner of Team Limerick Clean-Up in a collective effort to revitalise our city and county. To each and every volunteer I say, ‘thank you!’ TLC is more than just a one-day spring clean; it cultivates a lasting ethos of environmental responsibility. Each piece of litter collected brings us closer to a cleaner and even more beautiful Limerick.”

TLC Co-Founder, Helen O’Donnell commented “To see this event thriving after nine years illustrates the passion that the people of Limerick have for their county. As ever, the event would not be possible without the incredible support of Limerick City & County Council, Mr. Binman and our media partners.”

Now in its ninth edition the cleanup is bigger than, but organisers have seen changes in people’s mentalities around litter over the years.

Speaking to I Love Limerick in the new Patrickswell Community Centre at the event launch, JP McManus who co-founded the initiative with Helen O’Donnell and Paul O’Connell said, “I’m feeling great the way the numbers have grown year-on-year, it’s lovely to be out here to see so many enthusiastic people making sure that Team Limerick Clean-Up 9 is the best.”

Dr Pat Daly, CEO of Limerick City and County Council told I Love Limerick, “It’s a great day, a great buzz, it’s a great day for Limerick, we really look forward to it, a fantastic initiative.”

2024 Team Limerick Clean-Up (TLC) returned bigger than ever for its 9th year this Good Friday with 22,000 volunteers across the city and county taking part 3
Patrickswell Community Centre pictured above. Picture: Olena Oleksienko/ilovelimerick

Mr Daly explained the event wasn’t just about litter, “It’s about community, after this everybody comes back to the village, everyone comes into the village square, have a cup of coffee, catch up with each other it’s a fantastic event.”

Team Limerick Clean-Up is an initiative sponsored by the JP McManus Benevolent Fund and supported by Limerick City and County Council. Founded by JP McManus, Paul O’Connell, and Helen O’Donnell, the official partners include Mr Binman, The Limerick Leader, The Limerick Post, Live95, I Love Limerick, Elive, and Dunnes Stores.  

Joe Cleary, Marketing Director of Mr Binman commented, “We have been involved since the beginning and we do all the behind the scenes stuff, managing all the logistics, volunteers and pick ups. We have 280 points in Limerick City & County we will be collecting from today.”

Since its inception in 2015, TLC has seen over 400 tonnes of litter gathered from the streets by volunteers and event partner Mr. Binman – equating to over 14,500 household wheelie bins with overall participation figures over the 120,000-mark.  

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Pictures: ilovelimerick

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