Kilkenny City has received “Clean to European Norms” in the latest survey completed by IBAL confirming the high standards that are maintained in Kilkenny. Congratulations to all who assisted in keeping our City such a great place to visit and to live in.
Huge congratulations to all on Kilkenny City’s performance in the 2018 Tidy Towns Competition.
In a competition made up of 833 contestants Kilkenny City amassed a total of 337 points, the third highest mark awarded in the competition and only two points behind Listowel, the overall winner. In achieving its mark Kilkenny City is one of only 49 contestants to be awarded a Gold Medal and has won the title of Tidiest Urban Centre in the South East of Ireland. In amassing it’s impressive tally of marks Kilkenny City was also awarded the Waters and Communities South East Regional Award for the extent to which invasive species have been eradicated along the Rivers Nore and Bregagh in addition to Nature and Bio-Diversity Plans that have been developed for both Rivers .
Chairman of Keep Kilkenny Beautiful Peter Bluett stated that ‘ the Keep Kilkenny Beautiful Committee are absolutely thrilled with the award of 337 points which represents an increase of 7 marks for Kilkenny City compared to last year’s marks total. It is recognition for the trojan work of our Committee, for the unending support we get from Kilkenny County Council, from local businesses, voluntary organisations, residents associations and individuals. For a town of our size to be only two points away from the highest mark means that Kilkenny City is up there with the best when it comes to Tidy Towns, a competition that is the essence in what community is all about.’
Speaking at the awards ceremony Mayor Peter Chap Cleere said that ‘it’s fantastic to be here today to see Kilkenny City perform so excellently again in Tidy Towns. The presentation and upkeep of our City is a key driver of the local economy and also a means by which we, as Kilkenny people, express the pride we have in our local surroundings. In congratulating Kilkenny City and KKB I would also like to express a huge vote of congratulations to Inistioge and Tullahought villages both of whom were awarded Silver Medals. In addition to their Silver Medal Tullahought had added awards to Paddy and Mary Egan who were highly commended as Tidy Towns Community heroes and the village also won a Pollinator Award. Also congratulations to Windgap Tidy Towns Group who were awarded the Endeavour Award for County Kilkenny. There were 18 applications from County Kilkenny to the Tidy Towns in 2018 and, irrespective of awards, I want to wholeheartedly commend those people who give of their time to make our County and their towns and villages a better place in which to live. They are the people who get out there and make positive things happen. Well done to you all and Thank You.’
Kilkenny City is 2018 South East Regional award winner, gold medal winner and county award winner and has achieves a mark of 337 in the 2018 National Tidy Towns competition. This is a rise of 7 marks from our 2017 result and just 2 marks behind the overall National winner Listowel. This is an excellent result for Kilkenny city.
Kilkenny has also won the South East Regional Waters and Communities award which recognises our work on the River Nore and Breagagh which flow through our City. Congratulation to all who have worked to Keep Kilkenny Beautiful.
Keep Kilkenny Beautiful Awards 2018.
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.
The Irish Business Against Litter results for 2017 have been announced.
Kilkenny City, a three times in a row winner has achieved excellence again with the coveted ” cleaner than European norms” status and joint 6th in the overall rankings for 2017.
Congratulations to Ennis on their receipt of a No.1 ranking in 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
O’Lanagain, Rose Inn St.
Rafter Dempsey’s, Friary St.
Rothe House Parliament St.
Bollard’s public house, Kieran St.
Flowering baskets and attractive seating area
Most improved commercial premises
Mullen’s Butchers, Friary St.
Cake face, Irishtown
Glanbia House, Ring road, Kilkenny
Kilkenny Inn Hotel, Vicar St.
Nice new outside seating area complemented with colourful planting
Best shop front
D&R Antiques, Rose Inn St.
Langton’s Hotel, John St.
The Dylan, John St.
Red painted traditional shop front with hanging baskets
Best shop signage
Glendine Inn, Castlecomer Rd.
Kilkenny Crafts, Rose Inn St.
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.,
Springhill Court Hotel, Waterford Rd.,
Attractive outside seating area with attractive floral displays
Best Commercial centre
Newpark shopping centre
Market Cross shopping centre
McDonald’s, Hebron Rd.,
McDonagh Junction shopping centre.
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
Regular Clean ups in the Loughboy area
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
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
Mary Deevy, Riverside Drive
Joan O’Sullivan, Riverview
BEST OVERALL PRIVATE GARDEN 2017
Toni Hayes, Glendine Heights
RESIDENTIAL ESTATE HIGHLY COMMENDED ST PATRICK’S PARISH
RESIDENTIAL ESTATE HIGHLY COMMENDED ST CANICE’S PARISH
RESIDENTIAL ESTATE HIGHLY COMMENDED ST JOHN’S PARISH
RESIDENTIAL ESTATE HIGHLY COMMENDED ST MARY’S PARISH
Rose Hill Court
Old Callan road
BEST OVERALL RESIDENTIAL ESTATES 2017
2017 Smaller estate
“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
“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 “
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.