There is a special atmosphere in Kilkenny during the Christmas season! Why not come to enjoy the spirit of Christmas in Ireland’s tidiest City!
The annual KKB awards ceremony took place at Langton’s Hotel, the main results were as follows:
Best Commercial floral display
Rafter Dempsey’s, Friary Street
McCreery Auctioneers, Parliament st
D&R Antiques, Rose Inn Street
Most Improved Commercial Premises
Fish Face, Upper Patrick street
Maibe Carey, Parliament st
Café 22, Rose Inn Street
Best Shop Front
Marble City Barbers, John Street.
Mr. Simms Sweet Shoppe, Market Cross
Marble City Bar, High Street
Best Shop Signage
Langton’s, John Street
Kilkenny Academy of Music, Ormonde Rd
Shortis Wong, John Street
Best Kilkenny Hospitality Display
Newpark Hotel, Castlecomer rd.,
Park Villa B+B, Castlecomer Rd.
Fanad House, Bennettsbridge Road
Best Commercial Centre
Commended: Market Cross Shopping Centre
Winner McDonagh junction, Shopping centre
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
The Brendan Lawless Memorial Award
Commendation: St Fiacre’s gardens St. Patrick’s parish
Winner: Troys Court
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
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 rd
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 Inch
Toni Hayes Glendine Heights
BEST OVERALL PRIVATE GARDEN 2016
Marian Finlay, Killsallagh, College Gardens
RESIDENTIAL ESTATE HIGHLY COMMENDED ST PATRICK’S PARISH
Melville, Bennettsbridge road.
RESIDENTIAL ESTATE HIGHLY COMMENDED ST CANICE’S PARISH
RESIDENTIAL ESTATE HIGHLY COMMENDED ST JOHN’S PARISH
RESIDENTIAL ESTATE HIGHLY COMMENDED ST MARY’S PARISH
Fr Murphy square
BEST OVERALL RESIDENTIAL ESTATE 2016
de la Salle Place
St Patrick’s Parish
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.
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.
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.
Welcome to our Arts Festival! The long summer evenings can be wonderful in Kilkenny.