A one-way walking system has been introduced at all parks in Limerick in an effort to limit too many people gathering in open areas and to help in social and physical distance, as the weather improves and summer time begins this weekend.

Mayor of Limerick city and county Michael Sheahan has said that last weekend, Government and health officials expressed concern that people out enjoying the good weather were not practicing correct social/physical distancing.

He has advised people to keep to the 2 metres apart advice, and asked that people go elsewhere or go home if an amenity area or park is too busy.

"Is your family's health worth a quick walk by a beauty spot or riverwalk or beach?"  he asked.

In order to reduce large crowds gathering and not observing, or being able to observe physical distancing,  Limerick city and county council has announced that a one-way system has been introduced to allow people to maintain the 2 metre distance from other individuals.

These include Mungret Park on the southside of the city,  Shelbourne Park on the city's northside, Castletroy Park, O'Brien Park on Clare Street, Ted Russell Park on the city's North Circular Road, and the Baggott estate located near Ballinacurra on the southside of the city, as well as the River walkway at Adare.

In addition, the narrow walkways and toilet facilities at the popular Lough Gur estate in Co Limerick are to be closed for the time being.

The Limerick Market Trustees have also announced that the traditional and very popular Saturday market in the market courtyard, as well as the on-street market adjacent to the market enclosure will not take place this weekend.

Parks which are now one-way are:

·         Mungret Park

·         Shelbourne Park

·         O'Brien Park (Clare St)

·         Castletroy Park

·         Adare River Walkway

·         Ted Russell Park, North Circular Road

·         Baggot Estate