THIRTY large bags of litter were removed from Banna Beach in the space of just one hour as a group of civic minded locals marked International Coastal Clean Up week.
An Taisce organised the clean-up along the Irish coast as part of its Big Beach Clean-Up weekend which saw volunteers hitting Banna and Castlegregory with gloves, bags and admirable enthusiasm.
In just one hour on Saturday morning, they collected 30 large bin bags full of rubbish on Banna Strand and another 12 bags at Maherabeg Beach in Castlegregory on Sunday.
Eighteen volunteers from Banna Beach Coastcare, Tralee Tidy Towns and the Kerry Islamic Outreach Society took part in the Banna clean-up. Most of the litter they removed comprised 'marine litter' and plastic bottles along with a collection of odd shoes and even a discarded hair tongs.
"It's always disappointing to see so much litter washed up on our beautiful coastline but it's amazing how much you can collect in such a short space of time when lots of people help out," organiser Rachel Boyle of the Banna Beach Coastcare group said.