Limerick has a new champion – a teen climate change activist by the name of Saoirse Exton – one of the latest recipients of the Limerick Person of the Month award. 

Greta Thunberg you better watch out!

The Limerick Leader reported on the 14-year-old Gaelcholaiste Luimnigh student who has been protesting every Friday for the past six months to raise awareness surrounding climate change as part of the Fridays for Future, a global movement which sees students across the world take action for the cause.

“I was surprised but very honoured,” says Saoirse of being nominated for the award, “I think there are definitely a lot of other people who are a lot more inspirational than me!”

Saoirse and fellow Fridays for Future Limerick representatives led crowds of over 1,000 people through the streets of Limerick as part of the Global Climate Strike on September 20, resulting in one of the largest protests the city has ever seen.

“We’re striking here today because not enough action is being taken by our government locally, nationally or internationally so this is why we are fighting here today,” said Saoirse at the protest.

Hundreds of pupils from numerous schools across the city and county took part in the march, which set off from Arthurs Quay Park at 1.30pm, many of whom carried signs calling for action.

“It felt amazing, I had so many people helping me and we were so happy – and exhausted!” she laughed.

Read the complete Limerick Leader article here

(Pic: Saoirse Exton receiving her person of the month award from Eugene Phelan, editor Limerick Leader, with Mary Riordan, Southern, and Pat Reddan, Clayton Hotel also pictured PICTURE: Adrian Butler)