Students at a secondary school in Ballymun in Dublin have launched an ambitious initiative to inspire locals to take pride in their community.

The 'Better Ballymun Day' was developed by the students of Trinity Comprehensive, a secondary school at the heart of the community in Ballymun.

Now in its second year, the project is going from strength to strength and extends well beyond the school gates.

"Everybody here has a passion and what we want to do is to put Ballymun on the map for all of the positive and good reasons" said Frances Neary, Principal of Trinity Comprehensive.

Ms Neary said the students are determined to show the country the best of Ballymun.

"Sometimes the negative stories can take the light away from the fantastic community that we have.

"The students are taking ownership of their area and they're saying we are proud of where we live and we're going to make it absolutely beautiful and a lovely place to be," she told RTÉ News.

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Among the many projects taking place at the school, students have organised groups to pick up litter.

They have also installed organic chicken coops at the school, a community book exchange initiative, an art works exhibition and planted the school garden with fruit and vegetables that will be used for school lunches and distributed in the community.

"When I was growing up [Ballymun] used to be not clean at all, you'd walk around and you'd see needles, canisters everywhere," said 16-year-old David Ogunniyi.

David believes Ballymun has changed over the years and it is "safer and cleaner" than when he was a child.

"We know ourselves that we can come together and do things like this. We can make the place better for us anyway. That's why it is called better Ballymun," he said.

Katelyn Enright, 16, said the project has inspired her friends and family.

"Everyone is out and making a difference in the community, making their area and where they live a place they can be proud of," Ms Enright told RTÉ News.

'Better Ballymun Day' is supported by Ballymun Tidy Towns and Dublin City Council.