Tidy Towns South East Awards 2018

Keep Kilkenny Beautiful welcomes all  South East winners to Kilkenny on  Tuesday 6th November to the Spring Hill Court Hotel, Waterford rd. located just off the City ring road on the Waterford road.

For information on the location of Hotel  click here (to Google maps).

for information  on Hotel  click here for hotel website

Springhill Court Hotel

Spring Hill Court Hotel

Great weather to savour a green sustainable Kilkenny

Savour Kilkenny has introduced new green initiatives to  minimise the  environmental impact of the festival with  waste minimisation and also raising  environmental awareness for stall holders and visitors. This includes food waste bins,  (for  cooked /  raw food) in addition general waste bins, compostable packaging, cardboard and newspaper. Reusable shopping bags are also available. This green initiative will divert food waste from landfill and instead the waste will be composted and converted into a usable product. Kilkenny CoCo  and  Savour encourage festival goers to separate their waste into compostable and general waste. visitors can refill their water bottles at provided water points  reducing the need for plastic bottled water.  Visitors are encouraged to  walk, cycle, car pool to get to events which are mostly centered on the City area within easy access.

Click here for further information (Kilkenny Co Co)

Why not Savour Kilkenny City

Savour Kilkenny City during the Halloween Bank Holiday Break. There is plenty to see!

St Johns Church, John Street,  the bee friendly wildlife garden is to the side developed as part of the all Ireland pollinator plan.

John Street:- Street of the year award 2018

John street wins Street of the Year award. 

The judges were impressed with the variety of shop types and businesses, the many excellently painted shopfronts and buildings, the range of flowers, planters and the overall impression was very positive.

Congratulations to John Street as winner of the 2018 Kilkenny street of the year


Commercial Awards 2018

Tynans Bridge House:- Best commercial floral display.                                                                                    Attractive composition of flowers complementing the historic Pub front  which can be viewed from John’s Bridge.

Syd Harkins :-Best shop signage.                                                                                                                             Well maintained Public house  with attractive signage and complementary art work  located on prominent corner site leading to St Mary’s Lane and the Medieval Museum

Sceilp Inn:- Best shop front.                                                                                                                            Attractive traditional public house on main entry point into Kilkenny City with appropriate  signage and  flower boxes.

Loughboy shopping centre:-Best commercial centre.                                                                              Following their recent upgrade the premises has been provided with  attractive new  building and paving  finishes, planted trees and street furniture. This includes  spaces for bicycles  near the entrance which are well used. The 2018 TidyTowns adjudicator also commented on the high standard that the bring bank area is kept

Fanad house:-Best Kilkenny hospitality.                                                                                                      Attractive display  to welcome visitors to Kilkenny

Brannigans:- Most improved commercial premises                                                                                  Upgrading and extension to existing substantial warehouse buildings with sensitively designed coloured external wall cladding and projecting trims presenting a clean modern  development on an important approach road into Kilkenny City

 

 

 

Annual Kilkenny City Awards 2018

Keep Kilkenny Beautiful Awards 2018  –   Results

Awards evening took  place at Springhill Court Hotel 

Tue. 16th  October  2018

Keep Kilkenny beautiful Awards 2018 Results

 

 
Best commercial floral display  
Highly commended  
   
Bollard’s,  Kieran St.
Kytler’s Inn, Kieran St.
Rafter Dempsey’s,  Friary St.
Topaz service Station, College Rd.
John Joe Cullen, John St.
Rothe House, Parliament  St.
Winner  
Tynan’s Bridge House

Attractive composition of flowers complementing the historic Pub front  which can be viewed from John’s Bridge.

 
Most improved commercial premises  
Highly commended  
Front Room Bar, John St.
Egan’s Pub, John St.
Grapevine, Rose Inn St.
Molly’s Cafe, John St.
Winner  
Brannigan’s Warehousing.

 

Upgrading and extension to existing substantial warehouse buildings with sensitively designed coloured external wall cladding and projecting trims presenting a clean modern  development on an important approach road into Kilkenny City

 
Best shop front  
Highly commended  
Billy Byrnes, John St.
Lenehan’s, Barrack St.
Andrew Ryan, Friary St.
Winner  
Sceilp Inn, College Rd.,

Attractive traditional public house on main entry point into Kilkenny City with appropriate  signage and  flower boxes.

 
Best shop signage  
Highly commended  
Marchioness Boutique, Parliament St.
Yesterday’s, Patrick St.
John Cleere’s public house, Parliament St.
JB Burke Public House, Dublin Rd.
Winner  
Syd Harkin’s, Rose Inn St.

Well maintained Public house  with attractive signage and complementary art work  located on prominent corner site leading to St Mary’s Lane and the Medieval Museum

 
Best Kilkenny hospitality  
Hibernian Hotel, Patrick St.,
Kilkenny Inn Hotel, Vicar St.
Mena House,  Castlecomer Rd.
Springhill Court Hotel, Waterford Rd.
Winner  
Fanad House, Bennettsbridge Rd.,

Attractive display  to welcome visitors to Kilkenny

 
Best commercial centre  
Highly commended  
Flower Power, Carlow Rd.,
Market Cross shopping centre

We also note that the 2018TidyTowns adjudicator remarked on the attractive umbrella presentation in the shopping centre access from High street.

Winner  
Loughboy shopping centre

 

Following their recent upgrade the premises has been provided with  attractive new  building and paving  finishes, planted trees and street furniture. This includes  spaces for bicycles  near the entrance which are well used. The 2018 TidyTowns adjudicator also commented on the high standard that the bring bank area is kept.

Commendation for evening shop display,

 

 
Cake Face, Irishtown

 Presenting attractive shop front display in the evening.

Left Bank, Patrick St./The Parade, 

Creative use of facade lighting in the evening brings out the best in this important land-mark building in the centre of Kilkenny.

Commendation for sustainability  
Kilkenny Ghost  Tours

Providing  a very sustainable walking   tour of our City

Commendation for year round colour and welcome  
McDonagh Railway Station

Providing  a wonderful first impression  on arrival  for visitors to Kilkenny

Tourist Hostel,  Parliament St.

Providing  a colourful  year round floral welcome.

Special Awards – Hidden gems 2018  
Fragola Cafe,  William St.   

For providing character  and  colour  on William street.

Lynch Family, Kennyswell Rd.

For special effort in providing a colourful display and care of adjacent green space which is prominent seen  from the Butts roundabout and bridge.

Kilkenny street of the year

 2018

 
John St.

Accepted by St John’s  on behalf of the street

Heroes in our Community Award  
Kilkenny Aqua Canoe Club

Nore Dragon Paddlers

Kilkenny Lion’s Club

Kilkenny Sub Aqua Club

State Street Bank

 

We honour their  commitment to Keeping Kilkenny Beautiful right through the year! 

   
Fitzpatrick Perpetual Shield for Community Effort                       
War  Memorial,  Peace Park
   
The Brendan Lawless Memorial Award  
Famine Memorial   McDonagh Junction

 

   
   
PRIVATE GARDENS 2018

This element was cancelled for 2018 due to the hose pipe ban, the requirement to save water  and  the unprecedented  extreme drought conditions  during the summer.

The private gardens competition will resume in 2019.

 

 
RESIDENTIAL ESTATE  HIGHLY COMMENDED  
   
ST PATRICK’S PARISH (Area A)  
   
Larchfield Court ,
Cedarwood Close / Loughboy Park / Cedarwood Drive/ Cedarwood Avenue/ Cedarwood Crescent
Dean’s Court, ( off Waterford rd)
ST PATRICK’S PARISH (Area B)  
College Square, (off College Road)
Cashel Downs ,( off  Waterford Road)
Maiden Hill (off Kells road)
Rose Hill  (off Kells road)
St Fiacre’s Place,  (off Nuncio road)
ST JOHN’S PARISH  (Area A)  
Richview
Newpark Lawn
Glendine Heights/ Glendine Court
Lacken Drive, Dublin rd.
ST JOHN’S PARISH  (Area B)  
Bishop Birch Place
The Fairways
O’Loughlin Court
ST CANICE’S  PARISH  
Talbot’s Inch (off Freshford rd)
Parkview/Park View Drive
Clarnwood (off Freshford rd)
Talbot’s Grove /Talbot’s Gate (off Freshford rd)
Ayrfield (off Granges road)
St Maul’s
Broguemakers hill
ST MARY’S  PARISH  
College court/Old Callan road
Rushbrook (off Kilcreen road)
Fr. Murphy Square
Fatima Place  
 
BEST OVERALL RESIDENTIAL ESTATES  2018  
   
Joint runners up smaller residential  estates 2018 :  
Ashurst
Rose Hill Court
 
Smaller  residential  estate overall winner 2018  
 

De La Salle Place

the judges were impressed with the care taken by this small community to look after their estate. The small green space is neatly looked after with colourful flowers and perennial planting with trees. Congratulations to De la Salle Place, on their efforts and the receipt of their overall smaller estate award in 2018

 

 
 
Joint runners up larger estates 2018 :  
Lakeside
Sycamores – Aylesbury
   
Larger  estate overall winner 2018  
 

Dukesmeadows

 

“The judges were amazed by the extent of work which has been completed over the last number of years to improve this estate. The judges were very impressed by the large meadow, variety of trees, the fruit trees, wild flower planting,  colourful flower area and also the composting area. The judges found the estate litter free. The TidyTowns adjudicator 2018 was also impressed with the sending being undertaken to provide suitable all-weather footpaths through the meadow. Congratulations to Dukesmeadows on their efforts and the receipt of their overall award in 2018 “
   

 

KKB attend 2018 National awards event in the Helix

From left to right; At the Helix for the Super Valu Tidy Towns Awards 1918 were Mayor Peter ‘Chap’ Cleere, Stuart Day (KKB), Elanine Bradshaw (KKB), Maura Geary (KKB) and Simon Walton (Senior City Engineer).

 

Huge congratulations to all  on Kilkenny City’s performance in the 2018 Tidy Towns Competition.

In a competition made up of 833 contestants Kilkenny City amassed a total of 337 points, the third highest mark awarded in the competition and only two points behind Listowel, the overall winner. In achieving its mark Kilkenny City is one of only 49 contestants to be awarded a Gold Medal and has won the title of Tidiest Urban Centre in the South East of Ireland. In amassing it’s impressive tally of marks Kilkenny City was also awarded the Waters and Communities South East Regional Award for the extent to which invasive species have been eradicated along the Rivers Nore and Bregagh in addition to Nature and Bio-Diversity Plans that have been developed for both Rivers .

Chairman of Keep Kilkenny Beautiful Peter Bluett stated that ‘ the Keep Kilkenny Beautiful Committee are absolutely thrilled with the award of 337 points which represents an increase of 7 marks for Kilkenny City compared to last year’s marks total. It is recognition for the trojan work of our Committee, for the unending support we get from Kilkenny County Council, from local businesses, voluntary organisations, residents associations and individuals. For a town of our size to be only two points away from the highest mark means that Kilkenny City is up there with the best when it comes to Tidy Towns, a competition that is the essence in what community is all about.’

Speaking at the awards ceremony Mayor Peter Chap Cleere said  that ‘it’s fantastic to be here today to see Kilkenny City perform so excellently again in Tidy Towns. The presentation and upkeep  of our City is a key driver of the local economy and also a means by which we, as Kilkenny people, express the pride we have in our local surroundings. In congratulating Kilkenny City and KKB I would also like to express a huge vote of congratulations to Inistioge and Tullahought villages both of whom were awarded Silver Medals. In addition to their Silver Medal Tullahought had  added awards to Paddy and Mary Egan who were highly commended as Tidy Towns Community heroes and the village also won a Pollinator Award. Also congratulations to Windgap Tidy Towns Group who were awarded the Endeavour Award for County Kilkenny. There were 18 applications from County Kilkenny to the Tidy Towns in 2018 and, irrespective of awards, I want to wholeheartedly commend those people who give of their time to make our County and their towns and villages a better place in which to live. They are the people who get out there and make positive things happen. Well done to you all and Thank You.’

Kilkenny City excels in 2018 National Tidy Towns Competition

Kilkenny City Adjudicators report 2018

Kilkenny City is 2018 South East Regional award winner, gold medal winner and county award winner and  has achieves a mark of 337 in the 2018 National Tidy Towns  competition.   This is a rise  of 7 marks  from our 2017 result and just 2 marks behind the overall National winner Listowel. This is an excellent result  for Kilkenny city.

Kilkenny has also won the South East Regional  Waters and Communities award which recognises  our work on the River Nore and Breagagh which flow through our City.  Congratulation to all who have worked to Keep Kilkenny Beautiful.