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.
Kilkenny wins “Ireland’s Tidiest Large Urban Centre Award” 2011. The presentation took place at the Helix on the 5th September. Kkb chairman Sean Leahy accepted the award on behalf of Kilkenny City. He thanked all in our City who helped in making it possible to achieve such a prestigious
Award. Kilkenny received 308 points, an increase of two points over the 2011 results and just two points short of Killarney, the overall winner 2011.
The National tidy towns 2011 competition is currently under way. Judging of Kilkenny City is likely to commence over the next few days!
Mr Sean Leahy KKB Chairman urge all in the city to make an extra effort over the next 8 week to Keep Kilkenny Beautiful!
A very successful awards night event took place on the 20th October at Hotel Kilkenny. there was a very large attendance. The event commenced with a video on Kilkenny in 2010 filmed and edited by Simon Bluett a junior KKB member. This was followed by the presentation ceremony. Refreshments and finger food were served following the event. There were a number of environmental stands at the venue.
The following is the results of the Keep Kilkenny Beautiful Awards night.
Private Houses – Group 1
Areas Judged; Ardnore Area – Willow Close – Elm Green, Bennettsbridge Rd. Dukesmeadow, Gallowshill, Melville Heights, Beech Park, Cedarview Close, Cedarview Drive, Cedarview Avenue, Cederview Crescent, Loughboy Park, Marble Crest, Noremount, Sycamore Drive, Riverview, Archers Crescent.
3rd Ann & Denis Mulhall, Noremount,
2nd Teresa & Tony Scanlon, Loughboy Park,
1st Frank & Mary Blanch, Cedarview Close
Private Houses – Group 2
Areas Judged; Glendine Heights, The Weir, Richview, Newpark Lawn, Newpark Drive, Newpark Close, Old Newpark, Lakeside, Ossory Park, De La Salle Place, Ballybough Street, Bridgeview Gardens, St. Mauls, Meadow Way, Castlecomer Road.
3rd Jimmy Leahy, Richview
2nd Tom & Martha Gannon, Glendine,
_1st Liam & Mary Kelly, Newpark Lower
Private Houses – Group 3
Areas Judged; The Fairways, Beechlawns, Rosewood, New Orchard, The Orchard, Pococke Valley, Pococke Upper, Pococke Lower, Ashfield.
3rd Geraldine Wade, New Orchard,
2nd Bridget & May Keogh, The Fairways,
1st Joe Nolan, New Orchard.
Private Houses – Group 4
Areas Judged; College Road, Circular Road, Robertshill, College Court, College Gardens, Goal Road, Walkin Street, College Square, Ashurst, Ashleigh Court, McCauley Place.
3rd Rita Cullen, College Road,
2nd Frances O’Connor, College Court,
1st Jim Sanders, Walkin Street.
Private Houses – Group 5
Areas Judged; Sion Meadows, Altamount, Shandon Park, Leggetsrath, Lacken Drive, O’Loughlin Road, Assumption Place, O’Loughlin Court, Bishop Birch Place, Hebron Park.
3rd Angela Harold, O’Loughlin Court,
2nd Cremin Family, Shandon Park,
1st Eileen & Michael Kinchella, Assumption Pl.
Private Houses – Group 6
Areas Judged; Cypress Grove, Cypress Avenue, Cypress Court, Hazel Grove, Laurel Court, Laurel Avenue, Laurel Grove, Maple Drive, Pinewood Avenue, Riverview, Woodbine Avenue, Archers Court.
3rd Phylis O’Rourke, Laurel Court,
2nd Caroline Carroll, Hazel Grove,
1st Kathleen Fitzmaurice & Bernadette Gaffney, Hazel Grove.
Private Houses – Group 7
Areas Judged; Westfield, Clongowan, Park na Gowan, Cashel Downs, Edenvale Close, Larchfield, Fiacres Place, Patrick’s Close, Fr. Hayden Road, The Paddocks, Loughboy Park,
3rd Liza Brennan, Breda Walsh, Hollybank Lawn,
2nd Caplice Family Cashel Downs,
1st Patsy Hanrahan, Cashel Drive, Cashel Downs
Private Houses – Group 8
Areas Judged; Springfields, Springmount, Haltigan Terrace, Deans Court, Upper New Street, The Sycamores, Freshford Road, Clarnwood, Banim Terrace.
3rd Bernie Cantwell, “Lesheen”, Springmount,
2nd Judy Doran, Deans Court,
1st. Mary Wyse, Haltigan Terrace,
Private Houses – Group 9
Areas Judged; Stephen Street, Fr. Murphy Square, St. Frances Terrace, Fatima Place, Kennyswell Road, Rosehill, Dominic Street, Rioch Street, Fr. Delahunty Terrace, Fr. Albert Place, Old Callan Road, College Gardens, Dean Cavanagh Place.
3rd Mrs. Duffy, Fr. Delahunty Terrace,
2nd Murray Family, Fr. Murphy Square,
1st. Julia Kavanagh, Dominic Street.
Bed & Breakfasts Nominations;
Butler Court, Patrick Street, Abbey Lodge, Butts Roundabout, Castle Lodge, Bennettsbridge Road, Breagagh House, Dean Street, Olinda, Bennettsbridge Road, Dunromin B&B, Dublin Road, Fanad House, Castle Road, Park Villa, Castlecomer Road, Auburndale, Waterford Road.
Runner-up Fanad House, Castle Road:
Winner Dunromin B&B, Dublin Road,
2010 Private Houses Most Unusual Display
Carmel Drennan, Woodbine Avenue
Best Floral Display
Mrs. Reynolds, St. Frances Terrace
Keep Kilkenny Beautiful Awards 2010 Commercial Section
Best Floral Display – Pubs
Runner-up Leydon’s Bar, John Street,
Winner Bollard’s, Kieran Street,
Best Shop Front
Runner-up Kenna’s Butchers, Friary Street,
Winner The Good Earth, Kieran Street,
Best Shop Signage
Runner-up Casa Lamps, High Street,
Winner Lanigan’s, Mary’s Lane,
Best Shop Front – Top & Bottom
Runner-up Pauls, High Street,
Winner Michael Dore, High Street,
Best Floral Display – Commercial
Winner McDonagh Junction
Keep Kilkenny Beautiful Awards 2010 Best Community Effort
Newpark Resource Centre (Allotments)
Individual Community Awards
Donal Croghan, Jude Curran, Joe Nolan, Joe Malone, James Holden,
Keep Kilkenny Beautiful Awards 2010 Special Awards Environmental
Nominations; Borough Council (Canal Square), CBS Primary School, St. Patrick’s Parish Centre Garden, Dept. of Psychiatry Recreation Garden at St. Luke’s Hospital
Winner: St. Patrick’s Parish Centre Garden.
Endeavour Winner: Martin Doheny,
Kilkenny Borough Council – kilkenny City Street Sweepers
Hall of Fame Winner: Jim Brennan, Clubhouse Hotel,
Keep Kilkenny Beautiful Awards 2010 Residential Areas 2010
(New Entries) The Orchard, Hebron Park, The Weir, Larchfield, Robertshill, Altamount, Laurel Court, Newpark Close, Beechlawns, Pococke Lower, Pococke Valley, Seville Grove, Shandon Park,
Best Litter Free The Orchard, (€200 Garden Voucher)
Joint 3rd Larchfield, (€100 Garden Voucher), Laurel Court, (€100 Garden Voucher)
2nd The Weir, (€300 Garden Voucher)
Keep Kilkenny Beautiful Awards 2010 Residential Areas 2010 (Division Three)
Lintown Hall, Riverview, Loughboy Park, College Road, Springmount, Maidenhill, O’Loughlin Court, Greenfields, Fr. Murphy Square, Archers Crescent, Larchfield Court, Rushbrook, Lakeside, Parc na Gowan, Ardnore, Deanscourt, Springfields, Talbots Gate, Talbots Inch, Richview, The Butts.
Best Litter Free College Road, (€100 Garden Voucher)
3rd Springmount, (€200 Garden Voucher)
2nd Fr. Murphy Square, (€200 Garden Voucher)
Keep Kilkenny Beautiful Awards 2010 Residential Areas 2010 (Division Two) Ashurst, Glendine Heights, College Square, Bridgeview Gardens,Newpark Lawn, Cashel Downs, Cedarwood Park, Glendine Court, The Paddocks, Bishops Meadows, Noremount, O’Loughlin Road, Ashfield, Assumption Place, Sycamores/Aylsbury, Loreto Park, Dukesmeadows.
Joint Best Litter Free Ashfield, Loreto Park, (each €100 Garden Voucher)
Joint 3rd Glendine Court, Dukesmeadows, (each €100 Garden Voucher)
2nd Bishops Meadows. (€300 Garden Voucher)
Keep Kilkenny Beautiful Awards 2010 Residential Areas 2010 (Division One) Edenvale Close, Beech Park,Fatima Place,Broguemakers Hill,The Fairways,St. Maul’s,Ashleigh Court,Melville Heights,Smithland Court,Clarnwood,Lacken Drive, Parkview / Parkview Drive,Cedarwood Avenue, St. Frances Terrace, College Square, Newpark Lawn.
Joint Best Litter Free The Fairways, Melville Heights, (each €100 Garden Voucher)
3rd Edenvale Close, (€200 Garden Voucher)
2nd Broguemakers Hill. (€300 Garden Voucher)
Keep Kilkenny Beautiful Awards 2010 Residential Areas 2010 Special Draw
€100 Vouchers sponsored by McDonalds
New Entries; Robertshill, Pococke Lower
Division 3; Lintown Hall, Rush Brook,
Division 2; Cashel Downs, The Paddocks,
Division 1; Lintown Hall, Newpark Lawn
Keep Kilkenny Beautiful Awards 2010 Residential Areas 2010 Overall Winners
New Entries; Shandon Park, (Clubhouse Trophy & €300 GardenVoucher)
Division 3; Maidenhill, (Eddie Corr Trophy & €300 Garden Voucher)
Division 2; Ashurst, (KKB Crystal & €400 Garden Voucher)
Division 1; Parkview / Parkview Drive (KKB Crystal & €500 Garden Voucher)