YOUNG and old were out in force in Duagh on Saturday in a major push to brighten the village as it prepares to be judged in the national Tidy Towns for the first year in some time.
School children from the village and from the neighbouring part of the parish in Lyre descended on the village tidying, cleaning and planting.
Organised by the reinvigorated Tidy Towns Committee, the big clean-up was the first time parishioners have come together in such a way to improve the appearance of Duagh.
"We were absolutely delighted with the response to our clean-up on Saturday and it was fantastic to see so many children, from Duagh National School, and from a number of organisations in Lyreacrompane which is also in the parish, helping out. They did fantastic work," Tidy Towns member Bridget McAuliffe said.
"They even found a tenner under a car, which was cashed in for sweets and they were all treated to refreshments at the Presbytery afterwards, courtesy of Fr Pat Moore, Duagh National School and the Tidy Towns!" Bridget added.
Plans are now being considered to improve the Listowel entrance into the village as well as a nature walk near the Church, which local children know as 'the secret walk'. Under the plans, the secret walk will shortly become an even more attractive nature trail for the use of local children and walkers as Duagh fairly brightens up in all areas thanks to the great work of the community.