The annual Limerick Thomond Rotary Remembrance Tree was officially launched on Saturday, November 30th by Limerick City and County Deputy Mayor Adam Teskey. Located at the junction of Bedford Row and O Connell St, the Remembrance Tree will be open from Saturday 30th November 2019 until the 22nd December 2019 from 10.30am to 5pm each day.
With the kind permission of Limerick City and County Council, Limerick Thomond Rotary is providing a wonderful opportunity for citizens and visitors to the city over this festive season to remember their loved ones who are no longer with us at this special time and also to remember family members and friends who are unable to celebrate at home at this time.
Limerick Thomond Rotary is nominating a number of charities to benefit from the voluntary donations received. This year the nominated charities are Pieta House, Cuan Mhuire Bruree and St. Munchins Community Centre. With over €170,000 raised over the last ten years this is a much valued and needed initiative to support the worthwhile activities of these three deserving charities.
The public will have the opportunity to be involved in this project by writing the name of the person they wish to be remembered on a ribbon which will be put on the Remembrance Tree. From the November 30th until December 22nd inclusive the tree will become a sea of yellow with thousands of ribbons fixed to its structure and it is expected that during this period over 20,000 names will be remembered on the tree. Limerick Thomond Rotary is also offering the opportunity for people to request a Virtual Ribbon online for free while also donating to the nominated charities. To order a virtual ribbon .
Pat Fogarty, President of Limerick Thomond Rotary Club said that the location of the Remembrance Tree on Bedford Row will be a focal point of assembly for shoppers and visitors. “It’s a lovely way to remember a loved one by tying a ribbon on the tree in their memory and the tree will stand proudly in the heart of our city centre this December”.
Ger Lynch, Community Chair, added: ”Pieta House, Cuan Mhuire Bruree and St. Munchin's Community Centre are most deserving of support and members of these Charities will be in attendance at the Remembrance Tree daily to encourage participation by all in this unique event in our festive calendar”.