Limerick Civic Trust spent 50,000 hours improving the local environment in 2017. The Trust employed more than 70 people under the Community Employment Scheme this year. Individuals working in Community Employment have contributed to a wide variety of projects, including restoration and conservation works.
The Civic Trust has provided participants with on-the-job training and opportunities to improve pre-existing skills and develop new skills. The restoration works presented participants with new challenges and the scheme also assists them to find long-term employment.
David O’Brien, CEO of Limerick Civic Trust, called the workers ‘an army of heroes’ at the Trust’s annual Christmas Business Lunch at No. 1 Pery Square. More than 60 business people attended the lunch.
“The CE scheme workers have dedicated over 50,000 man-hours so far this year on making places more attractive, enjoyable and distinctive,” O’Brien said. “They have cleaned our city’s streets, improved river walks, maintained graveyards and community gardens, restored city boundary markers and more. They are an army of heroes who’ve delivered on so many projects and we know that people in our communities benefit from them, enjoy them and value them.”
O’Brien said the Civic Trust is determined to continue its work over the next two years. The Trust hopes that more and more people will become involved with its work as it continues its efforts to improve and restore local environment and heritage.
The total number of man-hours worked is expected to reach 55,000 by the end of the year with much more work planned for next year. More than 50 restoration projects and heritage improvement projects are expected over the next year.
“My focus for the next two years is about gathering people around us – business people, architects, engineers and people who love Limerick,” O’Brien said. “And we will beg and borrow to get the resources we need to embark and complete some of the 50 plus restoration and heritage improvement projects that we have earmarked; restoration and conservation projects like the Mortuary Chapel at Mount Saint Lawrence’s Cemetery, converting St Munchin’s Church into a museum, the erection of historical plaques and so forth.”
Brian McLoghlin, Chairman of the Trust, was also pleased by the work achieved over the last 11 months.
“Whether it is contributing to the redevelopment of community living in the city centre, the collecting, collating and archiving of the stories of the region through our digital oral achieve or the continued enhancement of the environment through historic plaques, street cleaning, maintenance of public spaces and the renewal of derelict areas, the LCT [Limerick Civic Trust] is very involved,” he said.