Kilkenny City Harriers and KKB successfully completed the City wide litter pick challenge! It was a good day for all. see also Facebook Kilkenny City Harriers
Congratulations to all the pupils from Colaiste Pobail Osrai for all their hard work and their spring clean of the pedestrian and cycle way serving the Fairways, Beech Lawns, the Orchard and Pococke.
On 27th April, 16 first year students, with their teacher Caoimhin, picked up litter along the Fairways walk way. They were participating in Neat Streets, an anti litter programme for Secondary Schools. After 90 minutes 18 bags of rubbish and a trolley had been removed. Great credit is due to the friendly and enthusiastic students of Colaiste Pobail Osrai for the smashing job they did.
Kilkenny’s position as Ireland’s tidiest town has been further confirmed in the 2016 IBAL (Irish Business Against Litter) survey which has been just released. Kilkenny has achieved No1 in the latest survey with Enniscorthy and Kildare receiving joint second.
The result reflects the hard work being undertaken by all our our Community in Keeping Kilkenny Beautiful.
Kilkenny: 1st out of 40 towns / cities surveyed. Cleaner than European Norms.
Yet another success for Kilkenny with nine out of the ten sites surveyed getting the top litter grade. What sets Kilkenny and other very high scoring towns apart is not just the lack of litter but the care and attention in the presentation of the environment. Kilkenny even has an example of a vacant building on Tholand Street which, although vacant, was still carefully presented. Other examples of very good sites were Kilkenny Train Station (Exterior), Riverbank and Market Cross Shopping Centre.
Kilkenny Train Station – Exterior: Grade A. This was an excellent site. Abundant flowering at the bottom of the steps and wheelchair ramp are a lovely feature. All aspects of the area surveyed were in very good order and there was a complete absence of litter throughout.
Kilkenny Train Station – Interior: Grade A. The interior of the station was pristine. The seating, bins, plants and hanging baskets etc. were all in excellent order. The walls were adorned with plenty of sepia photographs, a nice touch to the station interior.
John Street: Grade A. This shopping street made the top litter grade, but only just. The general presentation was good with attractive paving, hanging baskets and shop fronts.
St. John’s Junior School: Grade A. A neat and clean environment which was well presented and maintained. No major litter issues to report.
River Bank: Grade A. This was a lovely setting which has been very carefully maintained. The lawns running down to the riverbank were immaculately cut and abundant flower boxes lined some stretches of the river. The whole area surveyed was spotless throughout.
Market Cross Shopping Centre: Grade A. This is a town centre shopping centre – between High Street and James’s Street. Like so many other features in Kilkenny it has been very attractively laid out with paving, seating, plants etc. all contributing to the overall appearance. It was free of litter throughout.
Vacant Building beside Tholand: Grade A. The street level of this building has been covered in newspapers. While unoccupied, it was neat and clean and located beside some more wonderful flower boxes and hanging baskets which added a nice splash of colour.
Bottle Bank: Grade B. (beside ESB substation / box) On first impression all appeared in good order at this small bottle bank facility. The bins themselves were generally clean and the front was mostly clear of litter. However, the area to the rear of the bins had a definite litter presence – cans, fast-food wrappers and glass bottles were the most prevalent types of litter found.
N77 Durrow Approach Road: Grade A. This was an excellent route in and out of Kilkenny. The road surface, signage and markings were in good order and the cycle paths and grass areas to the side of the road were well maintained – a top ranking site throughout.
N10 Carlow – Kilkenny Connecting Road: Grade A. All appeared in very good order along this route – the overall impression was of a well planned and executed route which was fresh, clean and tidy.
The entrance to the Riverside drive access to the Nore riverside walk looks a lot better today after the great spring cleaning work which has been completed. We thank the support of the Presbyterian Church in Kilkenny who came out in large numbers to work for the community. their aim is “Faith in Deed”, what a great way to do it!
The Kilkenny City Spring Clean continues. Tyndall Mountain Club members joined forces with KKB over the last number of weeks to Keep Kilkennny Beautiful. The results were fantastic! Clean ups included many bags of recyclable materials, glass and plastics.
If you are interested in our City and want to make a difference, why not contact Keep Kilkennny Beautiful and join our winning team!
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We are currently working around the city, the Ring road and all our City’s approach roads. Be empowered to look after our unique City, come out to experience our City….
Kilkenny City has again been nominated as finalist and ranked third in Ireland in the 2015 IBAL Awards. Congratulations also to Longford, Dungarvan, Dun Laoghaire and Drogheda our co-finalists. We also congratulate Longford on achieving the overall award for 2015.
Keep Kilkenny Beautiful Committee wish to acknowledge all of the work which has been completed over the last year by Voluntary Groups and clubs, Residents Associations, Businesses supported by their Associations and Kilkenny County Council in relation to their help in achieving this excellent result for Kilkenny City.
This excellent result follows an unprecedented 3 overall wins by Kilkenny city in the annual survey for the years 2012 – 2014.
Under is the adjudicators report:
Kilkenny: ?? out of 40 towns / cities surveyed. Cleaner than European Norms.
The Kilkenny sites were excellent. Some towns manage to have the town centre sites in good order but are let down by approach roads – not so with Kilkenny. It is clear that it is a very well respected and cared for environment, particularly those areas associated with Kilkenny Castle.
Approach from Dublin: Grade A. All was in excellent condition along this road and no litter was reported.
Riverwalk by Kilkenny Castle: Grade A. A wonderfully laid out and cared for environment – it was in excellent condition and there was a complete absence of litter throughout.
High Street: Grade A. There were many ‘olde’ style shop fronts along this well presented shopping street – paving and planter boxes were in very good condition. It was spotless.
St. Kieran’s College: Grade A. The area directly outside the entrance was clear of litter and all appeared in good order in the grounds within.
Kilkenny Castle – Outside the grounds: Grade A. The Parade and surrounding area were superb. The overall presentation was excellent and it is clearly very well maintained.
Kilkenny Castle – Grounds: Grade A. Extensive grounds surround the Castle and they were in very good condition. There was a complete absence of litter in the area surveyed.
Recycle Facility: Grade B. A mix of bottle and clothing recycling – a moderately littered site – at the base of the recycle bins.
SuperValu Car Park: Grade A. All was in good order at this car park and the supermarket entrance was spotless.
Rose Inn Street: Grade A. Another excellent town centre site – well presented and freshly maintained with an absence of litter.
Kilkenny Train Station: Grade A. The train station was in good order and very well served by litter bins. There didn’t appear to be any litter.
Kilkenny – Clonmel Link Road: Grade A. This was an excellent route. It passes through two local authorities and there was no major difference between the two in terms of litter.