A campaign by villagers in Kiltyclogher, Co Leitrim to attract new families to live there has exceeded their wildest dreams.

Just a few months ago a group was set up in Kiltyclogher when local people became concerned that the national school was in danger of losing one of its two teachers and ultimately closing because of declining numbers - only 11 children were expected to attend the school this September, which is below the required 15 pupils for a two-teacher school.

The "Kiltylive" campaign, however, has turned things completely around, and on the first day of the new school year in the village there were 13 new students in addition to those already enrolled.

Six families moved to the village this week in response to the campaign, bringing enough new pupils to the school to give it a viable future.

They moved from a number of different areas including Dublin, Athy and Kerry.

Susan Carton of "Kiltylive" said it was a win-win situation for everyone and they were delighted to welcome the new families to the village.