Nenagh Canoe Club took to the Nenagh River last weekend for a massive clean-up that saw the members remove an assortment of objects from the water.
While the rubbish revealed its usual collection of mineral bottles and plastic bags, as well as footballs, some of the unusual items included a car wheel and a microwave oven. The members also took wooden stakes with barbed wire and old clothes from the river as well as household rubbish.
They took enough rubbish from the river to fill a car trailer and will now dispose of it properly.
“The reasons we carry out the clean-up is to reduce the amount of pollution in the river.
“Hopefully, by letting the public know what is being dumped in this natural resource, we can make make a difference
“We also take part in the clean-up out of respect for the use of the river and to give something back for all the fun we as a club get from using it,” said club PRO Paul Ryan.
He said that their reaction to finding so much needless dumping was that many of the objects could be dangerous to water users whether they were canoeists or swimmers.
“We have taken this rubbish out of the river where it was decomposing and polluting our waters as well as being a potenital threat,” he said.