One of two new vehicles - a road sweeper and a velocity patcher - which have been purchased by Limerick City and County Council. (Picture: Don Moloney)

No ‘Gritter Thunberg’, ‘Gritsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Anti-Slip Machinery’ or even a wilder card again, ‘Boaty McBoatface’ – they’re all gone!

But Limerick City and County Council is, nonetheless, inviting entries in a competition to name its new winter maintenance vehicles. 

In timely fashion ahead of the snow forecast for this week, the local authority launched a public competition to name its five specialised vehicles, critical to keeping our roads slip and pothole free, with winners set to claim a nice Covid reward for their efforts – each receiving a €100 Limerick restaurant voucher of their choice. 

The vehicles include three ‘velocity patchers’ used to repair potholes and two dedicated road gritters, which are used to spread grit (rock salt), onto Limerick’s roads.

Day and night throughout the year, but particularly in the winter months, these vehicles and council workers ensure that the roads across Limerick are kept safe and open for traffic. And the local authority is now keen to send their drivers to work in vehicles with names that put a smile on their faces.

The public is invited to submit entries via before Sunday, 21 February or on Limerick City and County Council’s social media platforms.

A shortlist of names will then be shared on Limerick City and County Council’s Twitter account @LimerickCouncil, where the public will cast its vote to choose the names for each vehicle.


Mayor of the City and County of Limerick Cllr Michael Collins said: “This competition will be a great bit of fun and God knows we could do with it now. We’re expecting the weird, wacky and wonderful by way of entries.

“The idea of one of our employees driving ‘Gritney Spears’ or ‘Brad Gritt’ to work does put a smile on the face, so we are looking for the public to let the creative juices flow on this.”