Nore Dragon Paddlers overall European Environmental Award
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.
Paddlers launch on to the river Nore
Congratulations to the Paddlers for their international success and working with our community to improve the environment in a sustainable way.
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.
Wednesday 8th August 7pm at Canal Walk slip will see Kilkenny Sub Aqua Club (KSAC); Keep Kilkenny Beautiful (KKB) & Kilkenny County Council (KCC) coming together to sweep the city section of the River Nore to clear it of as much waste items as possible. Volunteers from the three organisations are working together to make the best impact as possible. This partnership has worked well over many years and efforts will go toward KKB’s Kilkenny’s submission to the National Tidy Towns Competition 2018.
The current water levels are historically low and this may assist with material that is lodged in areas hard to reach in “normal” years flow, said Lorcan Scott PRO with KSAC. The River Nore is a Special Area of Conservation and the clean-up should enhance conditions for fish and mammals species moving along the river.
Kilkenny city is blessed to have such a recreational and visual asset and as with all urban waterways the Nore can receive waste from a range of sources from excitable party goers to the inconsiderate members of the public.
This exercise will also have the added benefit of removing any potential hazard to divers required in any Search and Recovery activity in the Nore city section.
KSAC and KKB wish to thank Kilkenny County Council for their offer to take any resultant waste for appropriate disposal.
Update due to extreme dry conditions in Kilkenny City:
KKB has taken the decision to cancel the Private Gardens awards element of our Kilkenny City Annual Awards Competition for 2018. This is due to the unprecedented dry spell here in Kilkenny. Irish water has requested all to conserve water and there is also the requirement to observe a hose pipe ban currently. All other award categories are not impacted.
The Private Gardens Awards will be reinstated again in 2019.
Congratulation to the Probation office, supported by KKB and Kilkenny Co Co for the wonderful re-presentation of all three of our historic wells. There has been cleaning , painting, weeding, trimming undertaken and some planting also put in place. Further planting will need to await winter rains. A traditional whitewash was used giving a brilliant white finish.