The KKB celebrate winning the overall 2014 national award. Many thanks to all in our Beautiful City who have worked together to achieve this award.
Congratulations to Irish Rail for the high standard of our City Railway Station. The assessors noted the following in their recent report:
Kilkenny Train Station – Exterior: Grade A. This was an excellent site – not only was there a complete absence of litter but the overall presentation was very fresh e.g. railings, steps, entrance, signage and visitor information, and planter boxes.
Kilkenny Train Station – Interior: Grade A. The interior of the station had some interesting historical notices and photographs, almost museum / gallery like – a lovely feature. Bins, seating, planting, signage and flooring were all in excellent condition – a real credit to the station staff.
Its Official! Kilkenny City is the best place to Visit in Ireland.
Above : Kilkenny City Hall, High street.
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.
Kilkenny City received a finalist award at the inaugural 2012 Bord Failte Tourism Towns award Ceremony which took place at the the Gibson Hotel in Dublin. The Event showcased the excellent tourist facilities and amenities in our City. The Keep Kilkenny Beautiful Committee thank all of the volunteers and local groups who worked together to present Kilkenny City at its best to the Judges. Congratulations to Portmagee who received the overall winner award. The other finalist award winners included:
- Ballyvaughan, Co Clare
- Clonakilty, Co Cork
- Dundalk, Co Louth
- Ennis, Co Clare
- Killarney, Co Kerry
- Letterkenny, Co Donegal
- Trim, Co Meath
- Westport, Co Mayo
Kilkenny city received a Gold Medal in the recent Tidy Towns South Eastern Regional awards which took place in Emly, County Tipperary. Kilkenny City also received a National Tourism Award and the Kilkenny County award at the event.
Kilkenny wins the Retail Excellence Ireland (REI) award 2012 for best City. This award recognises the excellent retail experience available in Kilkenny City. Our City has a compact retail central core and good parking. Kilkenny has excellent transport and road links from through out the Country.
Kilkenny City Achieves Gold in the 2012 National Tidy towns competition.
Kilkenny City has been awarded “Clean to European Norms” designation in the latest IBAL review issued on the 9th January 2012.
Mr Sean Leahy KKB chairman complements all in the City who have worked to achieve this award during 2011.