Keep Kilkenny Beautiful awards 2017

There was a large attendance at the Keep Kilkenny Beautiful awards 2017 took place on the 7th November.

Keep Kilkenny Beautiful awards 2017 results

Best commercial floral display
Highly commended

O’Lanagain, Rose Inn St.
Rafter Dempsey’s, Friary St.
Rothe House Parliament St.
Winner
Bollard’s public house, Kieran St.
Flowering baskets and attractive seating area

Most improved commercial premises
Highly commended

Mullen’s Butchers, Friary St.
Cake face, Irishtown
Glanbia House, Ring road, Kilkenny
Winner
Kilkenny Inn Hotel, Vicar St.
Nice new outside seating area complemented with colourful planting

Best shop front
Highly commended

D&R Antiques, Rose Inn St.
Langton’s Hotel, John St.
Winner
The Dylan, John St.
Red painted traditional shop front with hanging baskets

Best shop signage
Highly commended

Glendine Inn, Castlecomer Rd.
Kilkenny Crafts, Rose Inn St.
Winner
The Butterslip shop, Rose Inn St. / Kieran St.
Attractive painted shop front and window display.

Best Kilkenny Hospitality
Fanad House, Bennettsbridge Rd.,
Hibernian Hotel, Patrick St.,
Winner
Springhill Court Hotel, Waterford Rd.,
Attractive outside seating area with attractive floral displays

Best Commercial centre
Highly commended
Newpark shopping centre
Market Cross shopping centre
McDonald’s, Hebron Rd.,
McDonagh Junction shopping centre.

Winner
Aldi Waterford rd.,
Imaginative planting following their recent upgrade, the national tidy towns adjudicator also noted “we were most impressed by the planting scheme at and adjacent to Aldi, the judge also said that this is the best supermarket planting we personally have seen”

Commendation For evening shop displays,
Presenting attractive shop front display in the evening.
Gift Horse, Rose Inn St.
Goods, High St.

Heroes in our Community Award
Frank Blanch
Regular Clean ups in the Loughboy area

Cathleen Seaver
Regular Clean ups in the Waterford rd. area.

The Brendan Lawless Memorial Award
Medieval Mile Museum, Mary’s Lane,
” This award is for the attractive restoration of St Mary’s church as the Medieval Mile Museum. The national tidy towns judge stated in the 2017 adjudication report “You have a fantastic built environment which you take care of very well. Your Medieval Mile is looking splendid…. We loved the work carried out to St. Mary’s in true conservation manner and housing all those wonderful artefacts, heretofore hidden in storage, and putting them on display for the public to see is excellent. “

Hidden gems award
Andrea O’Farrell, Tilbury place,
The judges were impressed with this little gem. Making great use of a very small front yard area and bringing life to the laneway. There are fruit plants, flowers, seating area, clothes line, seat, place for bins and toys.

Rinuccini’s, The Parade
For creative vegetable garden behind the railings to front of building.

Tourist hostel, Parliament street
The vertical wall of colour produced on this narrow frontage impressed the judges, the planting is updated during the year and gives a colourful welcome to passers-by and visitors to the Hostel

Hall of Fame Award
Elaine Bradshaw
This hall of Fame award is awarded in recognition of the contribution of a citizen who has selflessly given of her time and effort for the betterment of Kilkenny City and the Tidy Towns movement over many years. Always involved, meeting, greeting, coaxing and cajoling, seeking to get the best for Kilkenny City, Keep Kilkenny Beautiful are honoured to present this year’s award to Elaine Bradshaw.

PRIVATE GARDENS HIGHLY COMMENDED
ST CANICE’S PARISH
Ber Brennan, Parkview Freshford Rd.
Breda Slattery, Meadow Hill
Pat Shortall, Riverside Drive
Martin  Cleere, Connolly St.
Nuala Crotty, Dun Angus, Castlecomer Road

PRIVATE GARDENS HIGHLY COMMENDED ST JOHN’S PARISH

Nuala Byrne, Rosemount, Newpark Drive
Canice and Maura Hickey,  Newpark
Mary Nolan,  Lacken Drive

PRIVATE GARDENS HIGHLY COMMENDED ST MARY’S PARISH
Pauleen Phelan, Dean Kavanagh Place
Maureen Logan, Dean Kavanagh Place
Teresa and Noel Devlin,  Circular road

PRIVATE GARDENS HIGHLY COMMENDED ST PATRICK’S PARISH

Ann Mullhall,  Noremount
Edward Bourke,  Cypress Avenue
Caroline & Noel Carroll, Hazel Grove
Mary and John Cahill, Westfield
Joan Murray, Fr. Hayden road

CITY- BEST OVERALL PRIVATE GARDEN 2016
Runners up

Mary Deevy, Riverside Drive
Joan O’Sullivan, Riverview

BEST OVERALL PRIVATE GARDEN 2017
Winner
Toni Hayes, Glendine Heights

RESIDENTIAL ESTATE HIGHLY COMMENDED ST PATRICK’S PARISH

Dukesmeadows
Edenvale Close
Marble Crest
Gallows Hill

RESIDENTIAL ESTATE HIGHLY COMMENDED ST CANICE’S PARISH

Broguemaker’s Hill
Sycamores/Aylesbury
Talbots Inch

RESIDENTIAL ESTATE HIGHLY COMMENDED ST JOHN’S PARISH

Lacken Drive
Newpark Lawn
Richview

RESIDENTIAL ESTATE HIGHLY COMMENDED ST MARY’S PARISH

Rose Hill Court
Old Callan road

BEST OVERALL RESIDENTIAL ESTATES 2017

2017 Smaller estate
Beech Park

“the judges were impressed with the care taken by this small community to look after their estate. The small green space at the rear is neatly looked after with colourful flowers at the base of the trees. The 2017  national tidy towns adjudication report also noted the estate and in particular mentioned the rose planting at the entrance ”… The lovely rose bed at the entrance to the Tennis club was admired” .. Congratulations to Beech Park, on their efforts and the receipt of their overall award in 2017 “

2017 Larger estate
Lakeside

“the judges were amazed by the extent of work which has been completed over the last number of years to improve this large estate. The judges were very impressed by the lake and all of the wildlife, the fruit trees, wild flower planting,  colourful flower area and also the composting area. The judges found the estate litter free. Congratulations to Lakeside on their efforts and the receipt of their overall award in 2017 “

Kilkenny city excels in the 2017 tidy towns competition

 

Again another excellent result Kilkenny city just two points behind the overall winner Birdhill and reaching a mark of 330 and increase of 5 points from 2016.

Kilkenny also retained the gold medal which has been given  to confirm excellence within our city.  Kilkenny is in the top seven in the country, congratulations to all in our city have work to achieve this great result.

Kilkenny City Adjudicators report 2017

Busy Thursday Market on the Parade

 

 

 

 

Annual KKB awards 2016 announced

The annual KKB awards ceremony took place at Langton’s Hotel, the main results were as follows:

Best Commercial floral display

Highly Commended:

Rafter Dempsey’s,  Friary Street

McCreery Auctioneers, Parliament st

D&R Antiques,  Rose Inn Street

    Winner

O’Lanagain, Rose Inn street  olanagain-p1000886

 

Most Improved Commercial Premises

Highly Commended:

Fish Face,  Upper Patrick street

Maibe Carey, Parliament st

Café 22,  Rose Inn Street

        Winner    

Springhill Court Hotel, Waterford rdspringhill-court-p1000906

  Best Shop Front     

Highly Commended:

Marble City Barbers, John Street.

Mr. Simms Sweet Shoppe,  Market Cross

Marble City Bar, High Street

Winner –    

Syd Harkins, Rose Inn Street.sid-harkins-p1000883

  Best Shop Signage

      Commended:     

Langton’s, John Street

Kilkenny Academy of Music, Ormonde Rd

Shortis Wong,  John Street

   Winner – 

Matt the Millers, John St/John’s Quaymatt-the-millers-p1000888

                Best Kilkenny Hospitality              Display

    Commended:  

Newpark Hotel, Castlecomer rd.,

Park Villa B+B,  Castlecomer Rd.

Winner  

Fanad House, Bennettsbridge fanad-house-img_3579Road

      Best Commercial Centre

Commended:                    Market Cross Shopping Centre

Winner                 McDonagh junction, Shopping centre

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Heroes in our Community Award

Pat Boyd    Environmental improvement

Sr.  Noreen      Troy’s Court

Michael Henebry    Environmental improvement  De La Salle

 

Fitzpatrick Perpetual Shield for Community Effort   

St John’s Priory      st-johns-priory-img_2847

The Brendan Lawless Memorial Award

Commendation:     St Fiacre’s gardens  St. Patrick’s parish   st-fiacres-gardens-p1000936

Winner: Troys Court   troys-court-p1000938

Keep Kilkenny Beautiful  Gems  Award

Timothey Clifford , Lord Edward street

Dave Ryan, New Building lane

Glendine heights  Mr Tree!!    (resident association)

Paul Byrne, Rosewood  Residence

Catherine Kimmins,  Poyntz lane

Ena Duffy,   Fr Delahunty Terrace.

Hall of Fame Award

Sean Leahy

PRIVATE GARDENS HIGHLY COMMENDED  ST CANICE’S  PARISH

Kieran Phelan,   Connolly st.

Martin Cleere  Connolly street

Linda Phelan,   Pearse st

Sadhbh O’Neill,  Talbots Inch

 

PRIVATE GARDENS HIGHLY COMMENDED ST JOHN’S PARISH

Sean and Mairead Delaney, Glenview  Castlecomer rdglenview-dscf9454

Inara Saroka,  Ossory Park

Katherine Duffe,  Glendine Heights

PRIVATE GARDENS HIGHLY COMMENDED ST MARY’S  PARISH

Joan Campion,  Old Callan rd

Brigit Breen,   Dean Kavanagh place

Maureen Logan,  Dean Kavanagh place

Eileen Tynan,  Old Callan road

PRIVATE GARDENS HIGHLY COMMENDED ST PATRICK’S PARISH

Madeleine O’Neill,  Elm Green

Susan and Seamus Butler,  Dukesmeadows Ave., Bennettsbridge  Rd

Linda Sweeney, Haltigan Terrace

Michael & Michele Kealy, Mikaela, Maiden Hill

CITY- BEST OVERALL PRIVATE GARDEN 2016 Runners up

Caroline  Grincell  Talbots Inch11-talbots-inch-dscf9640

Toni Hayes Glendine Heights

Helen Devlin,  Cedarwood Drive  30-ceadarwood-drive-img_4439

 

BEST OVERALL PRIVATE GARDEN 2016

Marian Finlay, Killsallagh, College Gardenskilsallagh-dsc_0107

RESIDENTIAL ESTATE  HIGHLY COMMENDED ST PATRICK’S PARISH 

Cedarwood drive,

Ardnore,

Melville, Bennettsbridge road.

Dukesmeadows,

RESIDENTIAL ESTATE HIGHLY COMMENDED ST CANICE’S  PARISH

Talbots inch  talbots-inch-dscf9645

Riverside Drive

  RESIDENTIAL ESTATE HIGHLY COMMENDED ST JOHN’S PARISH

O’Loughlin Road

Lakeside

RESIDENTIAL ESTATE HIGHLY COMMENDED   ST MARY’S  PARISH

Fr Murphy square

Fatima Place

BEST OVERALL RESIDENTIAL ESTATE  2016

Smaller   estate

de la Salle Placede-la-salle-place-2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Larger  estate  

Ardilea   ardilea-dscf9478

Parish award  

St Patrick’s Parishst-fiacres-gardens-p1000931

 

Kilkenny City retains Tidytowns gold medal for 2016

Congratulations to the National overall winner  Skerries, County Dublin who received 327 points.

 Kilkenny City has retained their  gold medal in the 2016 Tidy towns competition. The Judges awarded 325 marks, an increase of four marks on our 2015 result. This is just two points short of the overall winner.  Click the  link under to see  the full Adjudication report.       adjudication-report-2016-kilkenny-city

KKB chairman Peter Bluett expressed great satisfaction with the results. Kilkenny City  points increased  in four categories.  ( Community Involvement & Planning, Wildlife, Habitats and Natural Amenities,  Sustainable Waste and Resource Management, Tidiness and Litter Control)

This  excellent result places Kilkenny within the top 5 of the competition.  

This  reflects the tremendous ongoing cooperation which takes place in Kilkenny City between community groups, residents, businesses and Kilkenny County Council.

KKB Members at the Helix following the results announcement.

KKB Members at the Helix following the results announcement.C

 

Kilkenny achieves No1 in the IBAL survey 2016

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 railway station

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 Worlds End Bar on ohn street

The Worlds End Bar on John street