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.

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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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Congratulations to Letterkenny !

The sun shone and the town was blooming as president Higgins formally presented Letterkenny with the overall National Tidy towns Award 2015. KKB members attended and  represented Kilkenny City at the event.

Present Higgins speaks to the gathering.

President Higgins speaks to all at the event.

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Official unveiling of National Award plaque

Official unveiling of National Award plaque

Some of the large crowd at the event.

Some of the large crowd at the event enjoying the warm weather.

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Kilkenny City is 2015 Finalist in Irish Business Against Litter survey!

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.

 Canal Walk, Kilkenny

Canal Walk, Kilkenny

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.

High street Kilkenny

High street Kilkenny

Kilkenny Railway station

Kilkenny Railway station

Kilkenny city is honoured at Southeast regional awards 2015

Clonegal was the venue for the 2015 Southeast Regional Awards. Congratulations to Clonegal for hosting a most enjoyable event. Kilkenny city received their 2015 Gold  Medal award and also the County Award during the event.

Members of the keep Kilkenny beautiful celebrate with Clonegal Tidy Village Association chairman following the award ceremony.

Members of Keep Kilkenny Beautiful celebrate with John Dunne Clonegal Tidy Village Association Chairman following the award ceremony.

 

Annual Awards 2015

The KKB Annual Awards took place at Langton’s Hotel  on the 2nd November 2015.

Best Commercial floral display  

Commended:              Billy Byrnes,  John street

The Dylan, John street

Bollards, Kieran street

Winner             O’Lanagain, Rose Inn street

Most Improved Commercial Premises 

Commended:              Glendine Inn, Castlecomer Road

Smithwick’s Experience, Parliament Street

Zipyard , Irishtown

Winner             La Rivista, Parliament Street

Best Shop Front   

Commended:              Willoughby’s, High Street

Marble City Barbers, John Street

Bridie’s,  John Street

Winner –           Yesterdays, Patrick Street

Best Shop Signage    

Commended:              Lenehan’s, Castlecomer Rd.

Kilkenny Crafts, Rose Inn Street

Campion Dental, Watergate Street

Winner –           The Gift Horse, Rose Inn Street

attractive hand-painted shop front in prominent location, showing that the art of sign writing is still strong in Kilkenny”

Best Kilkenny Hospitality        Display   

Commended:              Mena House, Castlecomer Road

Kilkenny House Hotel,  Freshford Road

Winner             Fanad House, Bennettsbridge Road

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“once again this year a very attractive floral display provides a colourful welcome to our city’s visitors “

Best Commercial Centre    

Commended:              Market Cross Shopping Centre

“extensive upgrading and decoration of the exterior of the centre took place over the last year improving presentation to the City”

Winner             Aldi, Waterford Road

“Aldi sets a very high standard in relation to providing an  attractive landscaped surrounding to their store”

Heroes in our Community

“These awards are given to people from our community  who have shown leadership in their community over many years. It is through the quiet work of citizens in our community that strengthens our community spirit. The Heroes in our community awards  recipients for 2015   are…

Marty Bambrick

Phylis O’Rourke

Fitzpatrick perpetual shield for Community effort

“This award is in recognition  of  a group from  our  community in Kilkenny who have tackled the problems in their community in a positive hands on way. Whether it was litter picking, cleaning  and brushing;  painting railing and walls  and removal of Graffiti, trimming hedges, improving of the City  Slips or suburban roads or giving a helping  hand to Residents Associations, this group came out to work with the KKB and the Community.   This year’s winner of the Fitzpatrick Perpetual shield for Community Effort is the….

 “Kilkenny Presbyterian group”.

The Brendan Lawless Memorial Environmental award

In 2013 Kilkenny lost one of its most unique sons and a former Chairman of Keep Kilkenny Beautiful, Brendan Lawless. Brendan is remembered for his wonderful artistic skills and his one-off hand painted signs throughout the City. In memory of Brendan, the Keep Kilkenny Beautiful committee present commendations and the  2015  award to those  who have made a special effort in 2015 to Keep Kilkenny Beautiful.

Commendations:    

Switzers Trust,   Bennettsbridge Road                                                                              Attractive garden with  play spaces and  sitting area for historic  residential ensemble Breagagh House,  Kells Road                                                                                           Upkeep of  well maintained communal gardens                                                                   St Canice’s Cathedral                                                                                              Attractive new  interpretative signage for visitors                                                                    Butler Court, Patrick street                                                                                            Upkeep of   archway Access and  Laneway off the main street                                       St John’s Day Centre and residential units                                                                      Well kept premises with  inviting  colourful planting

Environmental Trophy Recipient  2015                      Rothe House and Gardens

“Rothe  House and gardens are very special and unique. The gardens received a special award from the Communities in Bloom judges in July 2015. The gardens were also finalists in the 2015 international awards of the Communities in Bloom competition in Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada where they got special mention and Kilkenny received  a 5 bloom award. Rothe house and Gardens are a worthy recipient of the Brendan Lawless Memorial environmental award 2015”

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Best all year round colour award 2015

This award is presented to city centre premises who  make a special  effort to have all year round planting floral colour. Whether it is winter or spring, autumn  or summer the following recipients worked throughout the year to provide an attractive colourful presentation at their premises.

Recipients:                  6 Patrick Street

The Parade House,  The Parade

Kytelers Inn, Rose Inn Street.

Kilkenny Tourist  Hostel, Parliament Street.

Hall of Fame Award

“The hall of Fame award is awarded in recognition of the contribution of citizens who have given their time and effort to the betterment of Kilkenny and the Tidy Towns movement.

This year’s award is granted to a person who has worked tirelessly for the improvement of Kilkenny city over many years.

The achievement of the Ibal three in a row overall award for Kilkenny and also the winning for a second time by Kilkenny of the National tidy towns award 2014 could not have been achieved without the efforts of many persons and in particular without the efforts of this year’s recipient who was Kilkenny Executive  Engineer until his retirement earlier in the autumn.   The Keep Kilkenny committee are honoured to present this year’s award  to”….

Kieran Fitzgerald.

Parish and City wide residential  Awards

Residential estate competition

The judging criteria for this competition included the following headings. The structure of the garden; Landscaping; Sustainable planting /year round planting; Annual planting/ flowers;  Overall impression.

  • Best Private Gardens, Highly commended, St. Canice’s Parish

Dun Angus,  Castlecomer road

Michael Kelly, Riverside villa, Riverside drive

Michael & Patricia Shortall,  3 Riverside Drive

Breda Slattery, 17 Meadow Hill

  • Best Private Gardens, Highly commended, St. John’s Parish

Ber Delaney,  6 Assumption Heights

Susanne Sheridan,  32 Glenbawn

Nuala and John Byrne,  16 Newpark Drive

Paul & Phyllis O’Callaghan,  5 Lintown Court

  • Best Private Gardens Highly Commended St. Mary’s Parish

Eileen Tynan 71 Old Callan road

Mary Reynolds, 10 St. Francis Terrace

Maureen Logan, 74 Dean Kavanagh place

149 St. Rioch’s St.

  • Best Private Gardens Highly commended, St. Patrick’s Parish

Denis Mulhall, 15  Noremount

Frank & Mary Blanch,  9 Cedarwood Close

Mary Lacey,  38 Riverview

Siobhan O’Keefe, 71 Larchfield

  • City Best overall private garden 2015 –  Runners up

Delaney Family, 40 Richview,  Castlecomer Road

Ray Mccawley, Hill View, Meadow Hill

9 Fr Delahunty Terrace, Old Callan Rd

  • City Best overall private garden 2015- Winner

Noel and Caroline Carroll,  36 Hazel Grove

“this garden forms an oasis to be enjoyed,  there is a variety of planting types and colours with a mixture of annuals and perennials. There is colour at ground level at medium level and in hanging baskets. The ensemble is  supplemented by paved areas and sculptures and is protected by evergreen hedging. “

number 36 Hazel Grove

Residential estate competition

The judging criteria for this competition included the following headings; The Built Environment and streetscape;   Landscaping;  Wildlife and Natural Amenities;  Tidiness & Litter Control;  Sustainable Waste and Resource Management; Overall impression.

Residential estates highly commended

  • Residential estate highly commended St. Patricks Parish

Deans Court, Waterford Road

Dukesmeadows, Bennettsbridge road

  • Residential estate highly commended St. Canices Parish

Sycamores & Aylesbury, Freshford Road

Broguemakers Hill, Greens Bridge

  • Residential estate highly commended St. Johns Parish

Richview, Castlecomer Road

Newpark Close

  • Residential estate highly commended St. Marys Parish

Dean Cavanagh Place

St. Francis Terrace

Section 4: Overall Awards

Best overall residential estates highly commended

  • Highly commended – larger residential estate

Lintown Hall

Robertshill, Circular Road

Talbot’s Inch Freshford Road

  • Highly commended – Best overall smaller, residential estate

Beechpark, Bennettsbridge road

Clarnwood, Freshford Road

Rose Hill Court, Circular Road

  • Winner – Best overall smaller residential estate in Kilkenny

Bishop Birch Place,  

“the judges were amazed by the extent of work which has been completed over the last number of years to improve the estate. There is a vibrant community. The judges found the area litter free. There are also very attractive individual houses with planted gardens and baskets and some are also  recycling water using water butts. There are many incidental planted areas, a pump and trough feature in the green space and an attractive wall planting to cover walls on the entrance road. There are many trees and a large green space. Congratulations to Bishop Birch place on their efforts and the receipt of their overall award in 2015 “

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  • Winner – Best overall larger residential estate in Kilkenny

Melville Heights, Bennettsbridge Rd.,   

“Melville heights is located at an important entry point into the city at the Junction of the ring road and the Bennettsbridge road. There is an extensive sustainable planted bank at the entrance with many different flowers and shrubs. The estate looks after the roadside bank area which has rare orchid flowers. There are open spaces, planted areas, feature rockeries and extensive tree planting throughout the estate. In the last year there was also extensive bulb planting. The estate entrance sign bed has attractive year-round planting. It takes a lot of work to keep a large estate in such a good condition, the judges recognise the extensive efforts and work which has been undertaken on a voluntary basis by the estate, congratulations to Melville on their overall award for 2015 “

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  • Best Tidy Towns Parish in Kilkenny City in 2015

This award is an  initiative by the committee of Keep Kilkenny Beautiful to encourage each of the four City parishes to focus on community spirit  through well-kept neighbourhoods, painted buildings and positive community initiatives to maintain streets, estates, public spaces, gardens, community and religious sites in our City.

This award is not judged by local judges but the decision is based on the National Tidy towns adjudicators report which is available on tidytowns.ie. This award aims to encourage, support and foster greater environmental awareness at a parish community level throughout the City.

St  John’s Parish