Kileknny City IBAL top spot No.1 2019

Kilkenny received the top spot in this 1st round for 2019.

A  very big effort has been made throughout the first 6 months of 2019 to keep Kilkenny litter free and to improve our city’s presentation. There are regular KKB clean ups and improvement works which supplement the extensive work undertaken by Kilkenny Co Co , our many resident associations and local volunteers throughout Kilkenny.

 

We were thrilled that the bring bank at St Canices church car park was found by the adjudicator to be so much better following the renovation work undertaken by Kilkenny Co Co over the last few months. We have been monitoring this location on an ongoing basis as it is very heavily used and the recycle bins fill up quickly. KKB did a clean up in this area last Saturday and ongoing vigilance is required.

The Judges also found the Kells road R697, Dublin road R712 and also the N10 motorway link road in good condition, all of which are regularly checked by KKB to keep them in good condition.

Kilkenny county council must be congratulated for their work on Parliament street and the other street improvements underway currently.

During 2019 many premises in the City have redecorated their buildings. Keep Kilkenny Beautiful continue to encourage premises owners to maintain and decorate the premises.

For anyone who wishes to assist with volunteering they can contact us at [email protected] see our website at keepkilkennybeautiful.com or call our secretary at 086-1687553

 

An Taisce Report – IBAL Anti-Litter League, Round 1, 2019

Kilkenny: 1st out of 40 Towns / Cities Surveyed. Cleaner than European Norms.

Kilkenny returns to a place it has been many times – the top of the IBAL table. The entire area was pristine but some top-ranking sites deserve special mention. The Pedestrian Bridge / River Bank was a lovely riverside environment which was wonderfully presented and maintained. Parliament Street was attractively laid out and scored very well with regard to litter. Market Cross (Pedestrianised shopping mall) was very fresh in terms of presentation and litter. The design of the ‘Bring Bank’ at St. Canice’s was such that there were few opportunities for ‘stuffing’ items between, beneath and behind the recycle units.

R712 Approach Road: Grade A. A well presented route, creating a positive first impression of Kilkenny. Road surface, signage and markings were in good order and it scored well with regard to litter.

Kilkenny Train Station – Exterior: Grade A. The exterior of the train station presented well with flower beds and built environment in good order. It got the top litter grade, but only just. Cigarette butts were noticeable in the flower beds – this needs to be addressed to prevent further build-up. The remainder of the area was very good.

Kilkenny Train Station – Interior: Grade A. All aspects of the interior of the station were in very good condition and fresh in appearance e.g. tiled flooring, seating, bins and signage. There was a complete absence of litter. The industrial ‘blue’ bin was very full / overflowing, potentially causing a litter situation.

Pedestrian Bridge / River Bank: Grade A. This riverside environment has been wonderfully presented and maintained. Grass banks, paving, bin, life-belt, etc. were in very good condition. There was a virtual absence of litter throughout the area surveyed.

Parliament Street: Grade A. As a main shopping street this was beautifully laid out with attractive paving and seating creating an opportunity for relaxing. The overall impression created along Parliament Street was a positive one with regard to presentation and litter. It is very well served by litter bins.

Vacant site – formerly Cheri Lee: Grade A. (on Parliament Street, opposite New Building Lane) This red brick mid-terrace building is no longer operating. It got the top litter grade, but only just, with a virtual absence of litter. It could easily slide to a littered status. The paint / woodwork were decaying.

‘Bring Centre’ at St. Canice’s: Grade A. The design / layout of this facility presents very well, leaving little opportunity for the ‘stuffing’ of items that so regularly happens elsewhere throughout the country. Overall, it was very much deserving of the top litter grade.

Market Cross, Shopping Mall: Grade A.The paving at this pedestrianised shopping area created an artistic effect and the area was enhanced by some large planter boxes. All aspects of the area surveyed were in very good order e.g. seating, bins, planted areas, signage etc.. It was excellent with regard to litter.

R697 Approach Road: Grade A. There was a complete absence of litter along this stretch of road.

M9 – N10 Link Road to Carlow: Grade A. The overall impression created along this route was a clean one with no visible litter issues.

Kilkenny City “cleaner than European norms” 2019

Keep Kilkenny Beautiful are very pleased with the Irish Business against Litter (Ibal) overall 2018 result which gives Kilkenny city a position of 9th in the country and the  status of “Cleaner than European norms ”. Congratulations also to Fermoy for achieving the No.1 position for 2018.
Congratulations to all who have assisted in this excellent result. It  reflects the tremendous work being undertaken on an ongoing basis by many voluntary groups, organisations, businesses and Kilkenny County Council throughout our city over the last year.

Kilkenny railway station

 

An Taisce Report – IBAL Anti-Litter League, Round 2, 2018

Kilkenny: Overall 2018 result: 9th out of 40 towns / cities surveyed. Cleaner than European Norms.

Another excellent result for Kilkenny with 80% of sites getting the top litter grade. Market Cross Shopping Centre was a particularly well presented and clean site – large planter boxes certainly enhance the overall environment. Kilkenny Train Station (Exterior and Interior) was excellent – clearly it is a very well attended site; the streetscape along High Street was excellent and the grounds of Kilkenny Castle were pristine. The Recycle Bank at St. Canice’s presented well on first impression but further inspection revealed a definite litter presence.

L2627 Approach from Clara: Grade A. The overall presentation of this road was a very good one. Pathway was in good order and newly trimmed grass verges skirted the roundabout leading to the town.

Kilkenny Train Station – Exterior: Grade A. This was an impeccable site. The whole environment was very well maintained with footpath, ramp, signage, flowering pots, bins etc. in very good condition.

Kilkenny Train Station – Interior: Grade A. The interior of Kilkenny Train Station was a very fresh environment. Seating, bins, notices boards, plant boxes, hanging baskets and visitor information were in good order.

Series of empty / derelict buildings on Watergate: Grade B. (Numbers 11, 13 & 15). The presentation of this series of buildings was poor with painting peeling and overall impression a negative one. This will only deteriorate further if not addressed.

Recycle Bank by St. Canice’s: Grade B. On first impression the presentation of this recycle facility was a good one with bins and signage relating to the usage of same in good condition. It was, however, let down by a variety of litter items to the rear of the recycle units, between the bushes and bins.

Market Cross Shopping Centre: Grade A. This semi-covered shopping centre was very fresh with plenty of substantial planter boxes throughout. Seating, paving, lamps etc. all presented very well and there was a complete absence of litter throughout.

High Street: Grade A. The High Street in Kilkenny has an excellent streetscape. All aspects of the area surveyed were in very good condition. The road surface has attractive paving, creating a very fresh impression. The paving stones on the footpath looked very well. The street was further enhanced by wooden seating.

Grounds of Kilkenny Castle: Grade A. The grounds of Kilkenny Castle were in excellent order and there was a complete absence of litter throughout.

Loughboy Approach Road: Grade A. This road presented well with road surface, cycle path, signage and markings in good order. There was no obvious litter.

M9 / M10 Connecting Road to Carlow: Grade A. An excellent route. The edging of the roads was clear cut, road surfaces were in very good condition and there didn’t appear to be any visible litter.

Kilkenny castle from Lacken viewing point with river Nore under.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nore Dragon Paddlers Collecting Litter and international Awards!

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.

On the water!

 

 

Tidy Towns South East Awards 2018

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

Springhill Court Hotel

Spring Hill Court Hotel

John Street:- Street of the year award 2018

John street wins Street of the Year award. 

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


Commercial Awards 2018

Tynans Bridge House:- Best commercial floral display.                                                                                    Attractive composition of flowers complementing the historic Pub front  which can be viewed from John’s Bridge.

Syd Harkins :-Best shop signage.                                                                                                                             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

Sceilp Inn:- Best shop front.                                                                                                                            Attractive traditional public house on main entry point into Kilkenny City with appropriate  signage and  flower boxes.

Loughboy shopping centre:-Best commercial 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

Fanad house:-Best Kilkenny hospitality.                                                                                                      Attractive display  to welcome visitors to Kilkenny

Brannigans:- Most improved commercial premises                                                                                  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

 

 

 

Annual Kilkenny City Awards 2018

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  
Highly commended  
   
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.
Winner  
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  
Highly commended  
Front Room Bar, John St.
Egan’s Pub, John St.
Grapevine, Rose Inn St.
Molly’s Cafe, John St.
Winner  
Brannigan’s Warehousing.

 

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  
Highly commended  
Billy Byrnes, John St.
Lenehan’s, Barrack St.
Andrew Ryan, Friary St.
Winner  
Sceilp Inn, College Rd.,

Attractive traditional public house on main entry point into Kilkenny City with appropriate  signage and  flower boxes.

 
Best shop signage  
Highly commended  
Marchioness Boutique, Parliament St.
Yesterday’s, Patrick St.
John Cleere’s public house, Parliament St.
JB Burke Public House, Dublin Rd.
Winner  
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.
Winner  
Fanad House, Bennettsbridge Rd.,

Attractive display  to welcome visitors to Kilkenny

 
Best commercial centre  
Highly commended  
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.

Winner  
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

 2018

 
John St.

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)  
Richview
Newpark Lawn
Glendine Heights/ Glendine Court
Lacken Drive, Dublin rd.
ST JOHN’S PARISH  (Area B)  
Bishop Birch Place
The Fairways
O’Loughlin Court
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 Maul’s
Broguemakers hill
ST MARY’S  PARISH  
College court/Old Callan road
Rushbrook (off Kilcreen road)
Fr. Murphy Square
Fatima Place  
 
BEST OVERALL RESIDENTIAL ESTATES  2018  
   
Joint runners up smaller residential  estates 2018 :  
Ashurst
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 :  
Lakeside
Sycamores – Aylesbury
   
Larger  estate overall winner 2018  
 

Dukesmeadows

 

“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 “