what a change when the rains arrive!

After a long dry Summer and Autumn there has now  been plenty of rain, softening up the earth  and  replenishing the ground water.   Our programme of  winter planting of trees and fruit bushes has commenced.

The Lacken walk is almost covered with the rising flood waters

The board walk keeps our feet out of the water and allows the wetlands to be flooded

Board walk at Ossory Bridge, new signage has been erected showing the attractive loop walking routes available

River Breagagh near the Black Abbey in flood

Whole trees are swept away on the river Nore

The Canal walk stream is full

Poop off our pavements!

Congratulations to all who took part in  our poop off our pavements promotional   on the Canal Walk and at McDonagh Junction shopping centre.  KKB had a great time meeting all of the dog owners and their wonderful dogs. It is great to see that all  want a wonderful environment to walk in Kilkenny City  with  their dogs and  that they support the scooping of poop to Keep Kilkenny Beautiful.

A handy poop bag holder was also distributed as were poop off our pavement stickers and sustainable poop bags.

A number of talking lampposts have also appeared along the main walks through out Kilkenny  to  reminding all regarding the need to scoop the poop and Keep Kilkenny Beautiful for all.

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

Great weather to savour a green sustainable Kilkenny

Savour Kilkenny has introduced new green initiatives to  minimise the  environmental impact of the festival with  waste minimisation and also raising  environmental awareness for stall holders and visitors. This includes food waste bins,  (for  cooked /  raw food) in addition general waste bins, compostable packaging, cardboard and newspaper. Reusable shopping bags are also available. This green initiative will divert food waste from landfill and instead the waste will be composted and converted into a usable product. Kilkenny CoCo  and  Savour encourage festival goers to separate their waste into compostable and general waste. visitors can refill their water bottles at provided water points  reducing the need for plastic bottled water.  Visitors are encouraged to  walk, cycle, car pool to get to events which are mostly centered on the City area within easy access.

Click here for further information (Kilkenny Co Co)

Why not Savour Kilkenny City

Savour Kilkenny City during the Halloween Bank Holiday Break. There is plenty to see!

St Johns Church, John Street,  the bee friendly wildlife garden is to the side developed as part of the all Ireland pollinator plan.

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