Congratulations to all who took part in our poop off our pavements promotional on the Canal Walk and at McDonagh Junction shopping centre. KKB had a great time meeting all of the dog owners and their wonderful dogs. It is great to see that all want a wonderful environment to walk in Kilkenny City with their dogs and that they support the scooping of poop to Keep Kilkenny Beautiful.
A handy poop bag holder was also distributed as were poop off our pavement stickers and sustainable poop bags.
A number of talking lampposts have also appeared along the main walks through out Kilkenny to reminding all regarding the need to scoop the poop and Keep Kilkenny Beautiful for all.
On the 16th of October, the Nore Dragon Paddlers were awarded a “Hero’s in the Community Award” from Keep Kilkenny Beautiful for their continuous environmental contribution on the river Nore along with the Kilkenny Aqua Canoe Club, KACC.
This involved regular litter picks on the river whilst out on the water . As a result of this great achievement, the president of the Irish Dragon Boat Association, Julie Doyle, nominated the Nore Dragon Paddlers for the Environmental Award at the European Dragon Boat Federation Forum (30th of November – 2nd of December ) in Seville, Spain. We are delighted to announce that not only did the Nore Dragon Paddlers make the final, but they actually won the award!
The award ceremony was held on Saturday 1st November in Seville and was attended by representatives of the dragon boat community from 16 Nations including Ireland.
Congratulations to the Paddlers for their international success and working with our community to improve the environment in a sustainable way.
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
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.
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
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|
|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.|
|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|
|Front Room Bar, John St.|
|Egan’s Pub, John St.|
|Grapevine, Rose Inn St.|
|Molly’s Cafe, John St.|
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|
|Billy Byrnes, John St.|
|Lenehan’s, Barrack St.|
|Andrew Ryan, Friary St.|
|Sceilp Inn, College Rd.,
Attractive traditional public house on main entry point into Kilkenny City with appropriate signage and flower boxes.
|Best shop signage|
|Marchioness Boutique, Parliament St.|
|Yesterday’s, Patrick St.|
|John Cleere’s public house, Parliament St.|
|JB Burke Public House, Dublin Rd.|
|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.|
|Fanad House, Bennettsbridge Rd.,
Attractive display to welcome visitors to Kilkenny
|Best commercial centre|
|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.
|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
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)|
|Glendine Heights/ Glendine Court|
|Lacken Drive, Dublin rd.|
|ST JOHN’S PARISH (Area B)|
|Bishop Birch Place|
|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 MARY’S PARISH|
|College court/Old Callan road|
|Rushbrook (off Kilcreen road)|
|Fr. Murphy Square|
|BEST OVERALL RESIDENTIAL ESTATES 2018|
|Joint runners up smaller residential estates 2018 :|
|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 :|
|Sycamores – Aylesbury|
|Larger estate overall winner 2018|
|“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 “|