Kilkenny City wins IBAL National Award for 2013

Kilkenny is recipient  the overall National IBAL award for a second time.  Kilkenny achieved  top marks in the latest IBAL survey released on the 6th January 2014.

The City received Grade A for all of the judged areas. The KKB congratulates the City Authorities, Voluntary Groups, Businesses, Resident Associations and all who have worked together over the last year.

Regular KKB clean ups have already commenced and if you wish to take part why not contact us at [email protected] to register your interest.  Tree planting and City tree survey are being undertaken  on the 18th January and the our Tidy Towns Estates initiative is also being launched.

We look forward to seeing you at one of our events.

Courthouse, Parliament street

Courthouse, Parliament street

Kilkenny City Wins overall National Tourism Town Award 2013

Its Official! Kilkenny City  is the best place  to Visit in Ireland.

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Above : Kilkenny City Hall, High street.

Brian Tyrrell, Martin Brett, Nora Darcy and David Fitzgerald from Kilkenny receive the best large town award from Minister Michael Ring at the Fáilte Ireland tourism towns awards in the Gibson Hotel November 28 2013. (Bord Failte)

Above : Brian Tyrrell, Martin Brett, Nora Darcy and David Fitzgerald from Kilkenny City  receive the best large town award from Minister Michael Ring at the Fáilte Ireland tourism towns awards in the Gibson Hotel November 28 2013. (Bord Failte)

Kilkenny City delegation following award. (Bord Failte)

Kilkenny City delegation following award. (Bord Failte)

Brian Tyrrell, Martin Brett, Nora Darcy, David Fitzgerald and Amanda Horan from Kilkenny receive the overall award from Minister Michael Ring at the Fáilte Ireland tourism towns awards (Bord Failte)

Brian Tyrrell, Martin Brett, Nora Darcy, David Fitzgerald and Amanda Horan from Kilkenny City  receive the overall award from Minister Michael Ring at the Fáilte Ireland tourism towns awards (Bord Failte)

Fresh from being crowned the funniest place in Ireland (Cat Laughs), the friendliest city in Europe along with being one of the tastiest places (with two Michelin stars!), most entertaining (with Ireland’s best tourism pub Kytlers, best music pub Langtons, best craft pub Brewers corner), as well as being Ireland’s festival capital, Kilkenny were worthy winners of Failte Ireland’s overall Tourism Town award 2013. Kilkenny received a winning certificate and in addition a €10,000 grant to facilitate further development of Kilkenny as  a tourism destination.

 

As with all awards it was hard fought for and teamwork was vital component. Keep Kilkenny Beautiful worked with Kilkenny Tourism, the local authorities,  the local business community and the  John of God  school pupils, coming  up with a  winning presentation and tour of our City  for the judges. Everyone  gave of their time willingly and enthusiastically which made the task of coordination  so much easier. Kilkenny wanted to show the many facets  its amazing tourism attractions.

The judges were looking for a Sense of Place,  Local Involvement,  Attractions for tourists as well a clear sense of our tourism  plan.   They were impressed with the sense of teamwork with businesses working together to provide a more co-ordinated tourist presentation including such developments as Kieran street traders and Destination Kilkenny.  The Judges certainly enjoyed their Black & Amber train ride through the visitors route.

 

Next year,  Kilkenny’s medieval mile will  link even more of our historic buildings between  St.  Canices cathedral and  the Castle. Come  and visit us  to discover  how amazing a place Kilkenny is to visit and also  how  attractive our city is as a location for work and business.

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Prize winning gardens in the KKB awards 2013

Winner of the best garden in St Mary's parish  and also overall city winner in Kilkenny City in 2013 Catherine Duffy,  Fr Delahunty Place

Winner of the best garden in St Mary’s parish and also overall city winner in Kilkenny City in 2013 Catherine Duffy, Fr Delahunty Place

St Johns Parish overall winner: Dean and Ludmilla Welch, Lintown Avenue, Lintown Hall, Johnswell road

St Johns Parish overall winner: Dean and Ludmilla Welch, Lintown Avenue, Lintown Hall, Johnswell road

St Patricks Parish winner best Garden:Dermot and Eileen Brophy,  Riverview

St Patricks Parish winner best Garden:Dermot and Eileen Brophy, Riverview

St Canices parish: Best garden winner, Timothy and Maura Clifford, Lord Edward St, the Butts

St Canices parish: Best garden winner, Timothy and Maura Clifford, Lord Edward St, the Butts

St Patrick’s Parish wins at KKB annual awards 2013

St Patrick’s Parish wins Best Tidy Towns Parish in Kilkenny award 2013 at the annual Tidy Towns Awards ceremony which took place at Hotel Kilkenny.

St Fiacre's church in St Patrick's Parish

St Fiacre’s church in St Patrick’s Parish

The award of  best garden in Kilkenny city went to Catherine Duffy, No.9 Fr Delahunty Place,    St Mary’s Parish.

The best small estate in Kilkenny was won by                                                           Glendine Court,  Glendine road,   St Johns Parish.

The best large  estate in Kilkenny was won by                                                                    The Sycamores and Aylesbury,    St Canice’s Parish.

 

Kilkenny City wins in National Tidy Towns 2013

Kilkenny City has  performed very strongly in the 2013 National Tidy Towns competition. Presentations took place in Dublin on the 9th September 2013. Receiving a total of  313 marks,  Kilkenny was placed  just 3 marks behind the overall National Tidy Town winner Moynalty, Co Meath. Chairman David Fitzgerald complemented the hard work  and commitment of the Citizens of Kilkenny, City Authorities and the many Voluntary Organisations  in achieving such a  result for Kilkenny City.

Kilkenny city received the following awards:

  • South East Regional  Award
  • Gold Medal
  • County Award
  • Tourism Towns Award
KKB Committee celebrate following the National awards presentations 2013

KKB Committee celebrate following the National awards presentations 2013

Kilkenny improved a total of 4 marks  in the following  categories.

  • Overall development approach.
  • Landscaping.
  • Litter control.
  • Roads streets and back areas.

For further information on our  City’s 2013  Report (link).  National Tidy Towns