While in a lot of cases it might prove difficult to pull someone from their warm bed shortly after 8 a.m. of a Sunday morning, it wasn't a problem in Taghmon recently as local residents hit the roads around the village to undertake a huge spring clean.
Organised by Taghmon Action Group (TAG) the morning saw enthusiastic volunteers meet up in the village before fanning out onto the approach roads with gloves and bags to gather up rubbish. As with many rural areas just outside of main towns, Taghmon has seen it's share of illegal dumping in recent times. However, according to local election candidate Paul Codd from TAG, Taghmon has a solid group of volunteers who do their best to keep on top of it. 'The problem is probably no worse than anywhere else,' he said. 'But it would be a concern on the back roads around the village in particular. With our Spring Clean we picked up more than 60 bags of rubbish over the course of the morning. We headed out the road to Larkin's Cross in particular and, with it being so busy, we had to get out early.'
The operation saw nearly 20 volunteers getting their hands dirty and Paul and everyone at TAG were delighted with the results, showing what community spirit and a bit of elbow grease can achieve.