Saturday 17 August 2019

International students join forces to give River God a heavenly makeover

Lions club exchange students help clean up the River God at New Ross marina
Lions club exchange students help clean up the River God at New Ross marina

David Looby

A group of young, engaged people from countries as varied as Turkey, Finland, Canada, Hungary, France, Germany and even Ireland were invited to New Ross by the Lions Club for a tour of the town, during which they joined forces to clean up the River God sculpture at the marina.

As well as getting to know Ireland, the group were keen to bring service to the communities they are visiting as part of Lions Club of Ireland and Lions Club International.

Their visit started with a Rebellion Tour by New Ross Lions Club member and man behind New Ross Street Focus, Myles Courtney.

Then it was off to work. The project was suggested by New Ross Tidy Towns, who are very proud of the lovely new river walk starting at the marina, and were very appreciative of the help with making the River God sculpture stand out and look very impressive again, as it had, after earlier planting efforts, become very overgrown with weeds. 18 very busy young people, accompanied by their coach driver and a few members of Waterford Lions Club and New Ross Lions Club, worked hard on a Friday morning recently for over three hours weeding, removing stones, sweeping, litter picking and finishing off by spreading compost over the freshly cleaned up area.

Before leaving New Ross, the youths got to experience an up close and personal insight into Irish history by a visit to the Dunbrody Famine Ship. Anya of New Ross Lions Club said the group are wished a big thank you, as are all the organisations, groups and individuals for turning this day and project into a big success.

New Ross Standard