Daingean gets new lease of life

‘LET’S Colour Daingean’ transformed the town over the course of a weekend as the volunteers came out in droves to give their Main Street a new lease of life with a fresh lick of paint.

‘LET’S Colour Daingean’ transformed the town over the course of a weekend as the volunteers came out in droves to give their Main Street a new lease of life with a fresh lick of paint.

Daingean, like many other small towns, has seen its Main Street become dull and shabby and a huge effort has been put in the last number of weeks to join together to take a stand to address this.

Last weekend, the townspeople of Daingean came out in force to give their Main Street a new lease of life and RTE’s Dirty Old Town series was on hand to film the community’s effort. It will now feature as a slot in the second series of the programme as one of four communities, which undertook weekend challenges to transform their towns in a short period of time and will air on April 4 next.

Over the last number of weeks, preparations have been taken place for the weekend challenge and began with a Spring Clean earlier in the month. Last week, van loads of paint, kindly sponsored by Dulux, were seen arriving into the town along with hundreds of bulbs and flowers during the week, all in anticipation for the transformation.

With the weather on their side, Gillian Barrett, of Daingean Development, enthused that the ‘whole weekend was just fantastic’.

According to Gillian, it was fabulous and is so grateful to the huge number of volunteers that turned out over the weekend. “People really got into it. The volunteers came out in their droves. We couldn’t believe it. It was a fantastic turnout. Only for the people of Daingean.”

Gillian was anxious to thank the people of Daingean for supporting the challenge. She said that everyone was also delighted with the results of the work undertaken on the Main Street as it “now looks so well” after its lick of paint.

Continuing, she said that it was a very positive experience for everyone and hoped that the enthusiasm shown over the weekend for improving the town will now continued. “Everyone had a ball,” she added.

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