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Cork City Council marks River Lee Clean-Up and launch of “Mainport Lee”

The Lord Mayor Cllr. Brian Bermingham and Cork City Council hosted a Reception on Tuesday, 14th October 2008 to mark the River Lee Clean-Up Project and the official launch of ‘Mainport Lee’.

The River Lee Clean-Up Project was initiated by a group of Common Purpose graduates led by David Ronayne of Irish Mainport Holdings Ltd.  It developed into a partnership of companies such as Ascon, Wm. O’Brien Crane Hire and Loftus, voluntary groups and Cork City Council.

The project was carried out between April and July 2007 with volunteers from the Rotary Club of Bishopstown, Rotary Club of Cork, Meitheal Mara, Naomhoga Chorcaí, O’Connors Funeral Home, Cork Swimmers and Triathlon Club. The project was supported by Cork City Council and the Port of Cork.

To assist in keeping the Lee clean, Irish Mainport Holdings Ltd. kindly purchased a boat named the “Mainport Lee” to be used by Meitheal Mara for clean-ups on the river on a contract basis with the City Council

Speaking ahead of the Reception, Jim O’Donovan, Director of Services, Community & Enterprise, Cork City Council said “Common Purpose is a unique training and development organisation which brings the private, public and voluntary sectors together to develop leadership and innovative approaches to issues and opportunities for local communities. The River Lee clean-up shows what can be done where the private sector in partnership with the public sector and voluntary  groups bring the resources and expertise of the various bodies together to undertake an important project for the city.  All the participants enjoyed the experience and were delighted with its success.”

David Ronayne, Chief Executive, Irish Mainport Holdings Ltd. “Mainport is delighted that this Reception is taking place. The River Lee clean-up operation was a unique project and a huge success due to the effort and help from all parties involved and the volunteers who donated their time generously. Mainport is a marine services company and our work is based around the shipping industry, because of this we felt it was our corporate social responsibility to initiate such a project and to make sure our river is as clean as possible now and in the future. We are very excited about the launch of the Mainport Lee which we will charter to Padraig O’Duinnin and Meitheal Mara who will use it to regularly clean rubbish from the River Lee. I’d like to thank Ascon, Loftus, Wm O’Brien, Port of Cork and the Cork City Council for their willingness to rally round  and make this project a success. Also our thanks to the Lord Mayor for recognising such and initiative and for having this generous Reception for us.”

Cork City Council, An Taisce and the Cork Marketing Partnership all expressed their thanks and gratitude to all parties involved.


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