Keep Kilkenny Beautiful awards 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
Highly commended

O’Lanagain, Rose Inn St.
Rafter Dempsey’s, Friary St.
Rothe House Parliament St.
Winner
Bollard’s public house, Kieran St.
Flowering baskets and attractive seating area

Most improved commercial premises
Highly commended

Mullen’s Butchers, Friary St.
Cake face, Irishtown
Glanbia House, Ring road, Kilkenny
Winner
Kilkenny Inn Hotel, Vicar St.
Nice new outside seating area complemented with colourful planting

Best shop front
Highly commended

D&R Antiques, Rose Inn St.
Langton’s Hotel, John St.
Winner
The Dylan, John St.
Red painted traditional shop front with hanging baskets

Best shop signage
Highly commended

Glendine Inn, Castlecomer Rd.
Kilkenny Crafts, Rose Inn St.
Winner
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.,
Winner
Springhill Court Hotel, Waterford Rd.,
Attractive outside seating area with attractive floral displays

Best Commercial centre
Highly commended
Newpark shopping centre
Market Cross shopping centre
McDonald’s, Hebron Rd.,
McDonagh Junction shopping centre.

Winner
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
Frank Blanch
Regular Clean ups in the Loughboy area

Cathleen Seaver
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
Elaine Bradshaw
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
Runners up

Mary Deevy, Riverside Drive
Joan O’Sullivan, Riverview

BEST OVERALL PRIVATE GARDEN 2017
Winner
Toni Hayes, Glendine Heights

RESIDENTIAL ESTATE HIGHLY COMMENDED ST PATRICK’S PARISH

Dukesmeadows
Edenvale Close
Marble Crest
Gallows Hill

RESIDENTIAL ESTATE HIGHLY COMMENDED ST CANICE’S PARISH

Broguemaker’s Hill
Sycamores/Aylesbury
Talbots Inch

RESIDENTIAL ESTATE HIGHLY COMMENDED ST JOHN’S PARISH

Lacken Drive
Newpark Lawn
Richview

RESIDENTIAL ESTATE HIGHLY COMMENDED ST MARY’S PARISH

Rose Hill Court
Old Callan road

BEST OVERALL RESIDENTIAL ESTATES 2017

2017 Smaller estate
Beech Park

“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
Lakeside

“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 “

Annual KKB awards 2016 announced

The annual KKB awards ceremony took place at Langton’s Hotel, the main results were as follows:

Best Commercial floral display

Highly Commended:

Rafter Dempsey’s,  Friary Street

McCreery Auctioneers, Parliament st

D&R Antiques,  Rose Inn Street

    Winner

O’Lanagain, Rose Inn street  olanagain-p1000886

 

Most Improved Commercial Premises

Highly Commended:

Fish Face,  Upper Patrick street

Maibe Carey, Parliament st

Café 22,  Rose Inn Street

        Winner    

Springhill Court Hotel, Waterford rdspringhill-court-p1000906

  Best Shop Front     

Highly Commended:

Marble City Barbers, John Street.

Mr. Simms Sweet Shoppe,  Market Cross

Marble City Bar, High Street

Winner –    

Syd Harkins, Rose Inn Street.sid-harkins-p1000883

  Best Shop Signage

      Commended:     

Langton’s, John Street

Kilkenny Academy of Music, Ormonde Rd

Shortis Wong,  John Street

   Winner – 

Matt the Millers, John St/John’s Quaymatt-the-millers-p1000888

                Best Kilkenny Hospitality              Display

    Commended:  

Newpark Hotel, Castlecomer rd.,

Park Villa B+B,  Castlecomer Rd.

Winner  

Fanad House, Bennettsbridge fanad-house-img_3579Road

      Best Commercial Centre

Commended:                    Market Cross Shopping Centre

Winner                 McDonagh junction, Shopping centre

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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      st-johns-priory-img_2847

The Brendan Lawless Memorial Award

Commendation:     St Fiacre’s gardens  St. Patrick’s parish   st-fiacres-gardens-p1000936

Winner: Troys Court   troys-court-p1000938

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

Sean Leahy

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 rdglenview-dscf9454

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 Inch11-talbots-inch-dscf9640

Toni Hayes Glendine Heights

Helen Devlin,  Cedarwood Drive  30-ceadarwood-drive-img_4439

 

BEST OVERALL PRIVATE GARDEN 2016

Marian Finlay, Killsallagh, College Gardenskilsallagh-dsc_0107

RESIDENTIAL ESTATE  HIGHLY COMMENDED ST PATRICK’S PARISH 

Cedarwood drive,

Ardnore,

Melville, Bennettsbridge road.

Dukesmeadows,

RESIDENTIAL ESTATE HIGHLY COMMENDED ST CANICE’S  PARISH

Talbots inch  talbots-inch-dscf9645

Riverside Drive

  RESIDENTIAL ESTATE HIGHLY COMMENDED ST JOHN’S PARISH

O’Loughlin Road

Lakeside

RESIDENTIAL ESTATE HIGHLY COMMENDED   ST MARY’S  PARISH

Fr Murphy square

Fatima Place

BEST OVERALL RESIDENTIAL ESTATE  2016

Smaller   estate

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Larger  estate  

Ardilea   ardilea-dscf9478

Parish award  

St Patrick’s Parishst-fiacres-gardens-p1000931

 

Annual Awards 2015

The KKB Annual Awards took place at Langton’s Hotel  on the 2nd November 2015.

Best Commercial floral display  

Commended:              Billy Byrnes,  John street

The Dylan, John street

Bollards, Kieran street

Winner             O’Lanagain, Rose Inn street

Most Improved Commercial Premises 

Commended:              Glendine Inn, Castlecomer Road

Smithwick’s Experience, Parliament Street

Zipyard , Irishtown

Winner             La Rivista, Parliament Street

Best Shop Front   

Commended:              Willoughby’s, High Street

Marble City Barbers, John Street

Bridie’s,  John Street

Winner –           Yesterdays, Patrick Street

Best Shop Signage    

Commended:              Lenehan’s, Castlecomer Rd.

Kilkenny Crafts, Rose Inn Street

Campion Dental, Watergate Street

Winner –           The Gift Horse, Rose Inn Street

attractive hand-painted shop front in prominent location, showing that the art of sign writing is still strong in Kilkenny”

Best Kilkenny Hospitality        Display   

Commended:              Mena House, Castlecomer Road

Kilkenny House Hotel,  Freshford Road

Winner             Fanad House, Bennettsbridge Road

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“once again this year a very attractive floral display provides a colourful welcome to our city’s visitors “

Best Commercial Centre    

Commended:              Market Cross Shopping Centre

“extensive upgrading and decoration of the exterior of the centre took place over the last year improving presentation to the City”

Winner             Aldi, Waterford Road

“Aldi sets a very high standard in relation to providing an  attractive landscaped surrounding to their store”

Heroes in our Community

“These awards are given to people from our community  who have shown leadership in their community over many years. It is through the quiet work of citizens in our community that strengthens our community spirit. The Heroes in our community awards  recipients for 2015   are…

Marty Bambrick

Phylis O’Rourke

Fitzpatrick perpetual shield for Community effort

“This award is in recognition  of  a group from  our  community in Kilkenny who have tackled the problems in their community in a positive hands on way. Whether it was litter picking, cleaning  and brushing;  painting railing and walls  and removal of Graffiti, trimming hedges, improving of the City  Slips or suburban roads or giving a helping  hand to Residents Associations, this group came out to work with the KKB and the Community.   This year’s winner of the Fitzpatrick Perpetual shield for Community Effort is the….

 “Kilkenny Presbyterian group”.

The Brendan Lawless Memorial Environmental award

In 2013 Kilkenny lost one of its most unique sons and a former Chairman of Keep Kilkenny Beautiful, Brendan Lawless. Brendan is remembered for his wonderful artistic skills and his one-off hand painted signs throughout the City. In memory of Brendan, the Keep Kilkenny Beautiful committee present commendations and the  2015  award to those  who have made a special effort in 2015 to Keep Kilkenny Beautiful.

Commendations:    

Switzers Trust,   Bennettsbridge Road                                                                              Attractive garden with  play spaces and  sitting area for historic  residential ensemble Breagagh House,  Kells Road                                                                                           Upkeep of  well maintained communal gardens                                                                   St Canice’s Cathedral                                                                                              Attractive new  interpretative signage for visitors                                                                    Butler Court, Patrick street                                                                                            Upkeep of   archway Access and  Laneway off the main street                                       St John’s Day Centre and residential units                                                                      Well kept premises with  inviting  colourful planting

Environmental Trophy Recipient  2015                      Rothe House and Gardens

“Rothe  House and gardens are very special and unique. The gardens received a special award from the Communities in Bloom judges in July 2015. The gardens were also finalists in the 2015 international awards of the Communities in Bloom competition in Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada where they got special mention and Kilkenny received  a 5 bloom award. Rothe house and Gardens are a worthy recipient of the Brendan Lawless Memorial environmental award 2015”

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Best all year round colour award 2015

This award is presented to city centre premises who  make a special  effort to have all year round planting floral colour. Whether it is winter or spring, autumn  or summer the following recipients worked throughout the year to provide an attractive colourful presentation at their premises.

Recipients:                  6 Patrick Street

The Parade House,  The Parade

Kytelers Inn, Rose Inn Street.

Kilkenny Tourist  Hostel, Parliament Street.

Hall of Fame Award

“The hall of Fame award is awarded in recognition of the contribution of citizens who have given their time and effort to the betterment of Kilkenny and the Tidy Towns movement.

This year’s award is granted to a person who has worked tirelessly for the improvement of Kilkenny city over many years.

The achievement of the Ibal three in a row overall award for Kilkenny and also the winning for a second time by Kilkenny of the National tidy towns award 2014 could not have been achieved without the efforts of many persons and in particular without the efforts of this year’s recipient who was Kilkenny Executive  Engineer until his retirement earlier in the autumn.   The Keep Kilkenny committee are honoured to present this year’s award  to”….

Kieran Fitzgerald.

Parish and City wide residential  Awards

Residential estate competition

The judging criteria for this competition included the following headings. The structure of the garden; Landscaping; Sustainable planting /year round planting; Annual planting/ flowers;  Overall impression.

  • Best Private Gardens, Highly commended, St. Canice’s Parish

Dun Angus,  Castlecomer road

Michael Kelly, Riverside villa, Riverside drive

Michael & Patricia Shortall,  3 Riverside Drive

Breda Slattery, 17 Meadow Hill

  • Best Private Gardens, Highly commended, St. John’s Parish

Ber Delaney,  6 Assumption Heights

Susanne Sheridan,  32 Glenbawn

Nuala and John Byrne,  16 Newpark Drive

Paul & Phyllis O’Callaghan,  5 Lintown Court

  • Best Private Gardens Highly Commended St. Mary’s Parish

Eileen Tynan 71 Old Callan road

Mary Reynolds, 10 St. Francis Terrace

Maureen Logan, 74 Dean Kavanagh place

149 St. Rioch’s St.

  • Best Private Gardens Highly commended, St. Patrick’s Parish

Denis Mulhall, 15  Noremount

Frank & Mary Blanch,  9 Cedarwood Close

Mary Lacey,  38 Riverview

Siobhan O’Keefe, 71 Larchfield

  • City Best overall private garden 2015 –  Runners up

Delaney Family, 40 Richview,  Castlecomer Road

Ray Mccawley, Hill View, Meadow Hill

9 Fr Delahunty Terrace, Old Callan Rd

  • City Best overall private garden 2015- Winner

Noel and Caroline Carroll,  36 Hazel Grove

“this garden forms an oasis to be enjoyed,  there is a variety of planting types and colours with a mixture of annuals and perennials. There is colour at ground level at medium level and in hanging baskets. The ensemble is  supplemented by paved areas and sculptures and is protected by evergreen hedging. “

number 36 Hazel Grove

Residential estate competition

The judging criteria for this competition included the following headings; The Built Environment and streetscape;   Landscaping;  Wildlife and Natural Amenities;  Tidiness & Litter Control;  Sustainable Waste and Resource Management; Overall impression.

Residential estates highly commended

  • Residential estate highly commended St. Patricks Parish

Deans Court, Waterford Road

Dukesmeadows, Bennettsbridge road

  • Residential estate highly commended St. Canices Parish

Sycamores & Aylesbury, Freshford Road

Broguemakers Hill, Greens Bridge

  • Residential estate highly commended St. Johns Parish

Richview, Castlecomer Road

Newpark Close

  • Residential estate highly commended St. Marys Parish

Dean Cavanagh Place

St. Francis Terrace

Section 4: Overall Awards

Best overall residential estates highly commended

  • Highly commended – larger residential estate

Lintown Hall

Robertshill, Circular Road

Talbot’s Inch Freshford Road

  • Highly commended – Best overall smaller, residential estate

Beechpark, Bennettsbridge road

Clarnwood, Freshford Road

Rose Hill Court, Circular Road

  • Winner – Best overall smaller residential estate in Kilkenny

Bishop Birch Place,  

“the judges were amazed by the extent of work which has been completed over the last number of years to improve the estate. There is a vibrant community. The judges found the area litter free. There are also very attractive individual houses with planted gardens and baskets and some are also  recycling water using water butts. There are many incidental planted areas, a pump and trough feature in the green space and an attractive wall planting to cover walls on the entrance road. There are many trees and a large green space. Congratulations to Bishop Birch place on their efforts and the receipt of their overall award in 2015 “

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  • Winner – Best overall larger residential estate in Kilkenny

Melville Heights, Bennettsbridge Rd.,   

“Melville heights is located at an important entry point into the city at the Junction of the ring road and the Bennettsbridge road. There is an extensive sustainable planted bank at the entrance with many different flowers and shrubs. The estate looks after the roadside bank area which has rare orchid flowers. There are open spaces, planted areas, feature rockeries and extensive tree planting throughout the estate. In the last year there was also extensive bulb planting. The estate entrance sign bed has attractive year-round planting. It takes a lot of work to keep a large estate in such a good condition, the judges recognise the extensive efforts and work which has been undertaken on a voluntary basis by the estate, congratulations to Melville on their overall award for 2015 “

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  • Best Tidy Towns Parish in Kilkenny City in 2015

This award is an  initiative by the committee of Keep Kilkenny Beautiful to encourage each of the four City parishes to focus on community spirit  through well-kept neighbourhoods, painted buildings and positive community initiatives to maintain streets, estates, public spaces, gardens, community and religious sites in our City.

This award is not judged by local judges but the decision is based on the National Tidy towns adjudicators report which is available on tidytowns.ie. This award aims to encourage, support and foster greater environmental awareness at a parish community level throughout the City.

St  John’s Parish

Awards Night 2014

Kilkenny City  celebrated  at Hotel Kilkenny   to recognise  and acknowledge all of the hard work  undertaken throughout Kilkenny during the last year. The  Annual Awards 2014 under many categories were presented.   Our Chairman David Fitzgerald thanked all in our City who worked together as a Community to achieve for Kilkenny City  the overall National Tidy Towns Award  2014 as Ireland’s Tidiest Town.

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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.

 

Annual KKB awards 2012

Youth Think group attend the event and receive a presentation for their work in the City : Copyright: Keep Kilkenny Beautiful

 

Newpark Close Junior Litter wardens attend the event and receive a presentation: Copyright: Keep Kilkenny Beautiful

Loreto Secondary School Girls receive a presentation for their work on the Popeye project Mural at the Closh from the Mayor of Kilkenny : Copyright: Keep Kilkenny Beautiful

Some of the many prize winners at the Annual awards event : Copyright: Keep Kilkenny Beautiful

Presentation of the Fitzpatrick Perpetual Shield for the Department of Psychiatry garden at St Luke’s Hospital Copyright: Keep Kilkenny Beautiful

The Good Shepherd Mens Shed, Bird and bat boxes for sale: Keep Kilkenny Beautiful

Keep Kilkenny Beautiful Awards night

Keep Kilkenny Beautiful awards 2012

The 2012 Keep Kilkenny Beautiful awards night took place on the 16th October 2012 at Hotel Kilkenny. See the results at:

KEEP KILKENNY BEAUTIFUL 2012 award winners

Deans court winner division 5 and 6 copyright Keep Kilkenny Beautiful

Cedarwood park winner division 3 & 4 Copyright Keep Kilkenny Beautiful

Newpark Lawn winner division 1 and 2 Copyright Keep Kilkenny Beautiful

Best B+B John Kennedy Fr Murphy Sq. Copyright: Keep Kilkenny Beautiful

Best overall shop front winner Lorimat. Copyright: Keep Kilkenny Beautiful

Matt the millers best floral display commercial section pubs Copyright: Keep Kilkenny Beautiful

 

 

 

How Tidy Towns can Contribute Positively to your Community

Nora Darcy, Keep Kilkenny Beautiful Committee member presented a paper titled “How Tidy Towns can Contribute Positively to your Community” at the Town Clerks Annual Conference 2011 which took place in Clonmel on the 12-13 of May 2011. The Conference was hosted by the IPA (Institute of Public Administration). The themes included:
– Creating great places to live, work and visit.
– Turning houses into homes.
– Keep Kilkenny Beautiful, because it is beautiful.
– Tidy towns, Creating a better community.