THEY travelled in force from the mid Kerry village of Beaufort and it certainly wasn't a wasted journey as the many volunteers behind Beaufort Tidy Towns project were duly awarded for what is undoubtedly a community wide effort.
Picking up first prize in the 'Community Spirit and Neighbourliness (Meitheal)' category, the rewards didn't end there as Beaufort will now go on to represent Kerry at the national Pride of Place competition (alongside Rathmore and Ballyspillane).
It's the community group's first entry into the awards - it formed in November 2010 - yet the work in that time is testament to the groundswell of grassroots support. Winning the category in a highly competitive list, Sunday's award rubber stamps that huge level of commitment.
"We are just completely honoured and humbled," Committee Secretary Christina Farrell stated afterwards.
"It's the community of Beaufort that will benefit from this. There's 27 voluntary groups in Beaufort so it is a very, very active community and they all contribute to the society of Beaufort."
Achieving 260 marks in its first foray into the national Tidy Towns competition last year, the Beaufort group now hopes to build on this figure.
"We're very proud of that achievement as there are many groups that are in operation a lot longer than us who are getting around that score," Christina continued.
"It is because of all the other community groups who came on 100 percent behind us and while we may be at the front facing part, it was the energy and effort by everyone else that has driven us on. I could mention a few groups and individuals but I don't want to because I'd probably miss out on one.
"I have to say, though, that the schools were marvellous too and, to be fair, there was a lot of work already going on that we just piggy backed on."
The group is busy developing plans for the 2012 Tidy Towns' competition, work that will also help support a Pride of Place entry now in motion.
"We're building some dry stone walls around the green area at Beaufort Bridge as we realise that first impressions last and there will be a lot of seating, baskets and other items. We'll be launching 'Beaufort in Bloom' as well on May 14 and there's also a heritage trail as well," the secretary added.