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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Kilkenny City honored at Tourism Town Awards Ceremony 2012

 

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: a Sense of Place. Copyright: Keep Kilkenny Beautiful

Kilkenny City receives Tidy Towns Gold Medal at South Eastern Regional awards

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.

Elaine Bradshaw Hon Secretary of the KKB receives the Gold medal on behalf of Kilkenny City. Copyright: Keep Kilkenny Beautiful

 

Kilkenny City Achieves gold

Kilkenny City Achieves Gold in the 2012 National Tidy towns competition.

Members of KKB with Mayor of Kilkenny celebrating the success of Kilkenny City  following National Tidy Towns 2012 Award ceremony. Copyright: Keep Kilkenny Beautiful

 

Mr Sean Leahy KKB Chairman Tidytown  Hero Award recipient with Minister Phil Hogan  and  Mayor of Kilkenny Sean O’hArgain following National Tidy Towns 2012 Award ceremony. Copyright: Keep Kilkenny Beautiful

Tidy towns awards presentation 2011

Minister Hogan with Mayor David Fitzgerald and members of the Kilkenny City Keep Kilkenny Beautiful Tidy Towns Committee at the National Tidy Towns awards ceremony 2011. Copyright: Keep Kilkenny Beautiful.

Mayor David Fitzgerald and members of the Kilkenny City Keep Kilkenny Beautiful Tidy Towns Committee at the National Tidy Towns awards ceremony 2011. Copyright: Keep Kilkenny Beautiful.

On the 5th September There was a large crowd in Kilkenny to welcome the Kilkenny Hurling Team back following their all Ireland Hurling Win. The major Tidy Towns success was also celebrated. Sean Leahy Chairman of the KKB presented the Tidy Towns 2011 winning cup to the crowd. Copyright: Keep Kilkenny Beautiful.

 

Kilkenny city wins major Tidy Towns award 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.

Tidy Towns judging of Kilkenny under way

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!

Castle Park Kilkenny May 2011. Copyright: Keep Kilkenny Beautiful

 

Keep kilkenny Beautiful Awards 2010: Wednesday 20th October Hotel Kilkenny

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.

RESULTS

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.

RESULTS

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.

RESULTS

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.

RESULTS

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.

RESULTS

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.

RESULTS

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,

RESULTS

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.

RESULTS

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.

RESULTS

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.

RESULTS

Runner-up Fanad House, Castle Road:

BEST B+B runner up Fanad House, Bennettsbridge rd., Kilkenny. Copyright: Keep Kilkenny Beautiful

Winner Dunromin B&B, Dublin Road,

Best B+B Dunromin, Dublin Rd, Kilkenny. Copyright: Keep Kilkenny Beautiful

2010  Private Houses  Most Unusual Display

Carmel Drennan, Woodbine Avenue

Best Floral Display

Mrs. Reynolds, St. Frances Terrace

Mrs. Reynolds, St. Frances Terrace. BEST FLORAL DISPLAY - PRIVATE HOUSES. Copyright: Keep Kilkenny beautiful

Keep Kilkenny Beautiful Awards 2010  Commercial Section

Best Floral Display – Pubs

Runner-up Leydon’s Bar, John Street,

Winner Bollard’s, Kieran Street,

BOLLARD'S, ST KIERAN ST. COMMERCIAL SECTION BEST FLORAL DISPLAY - PUBS: Copyright: Keep Kilkenny Beautiful

Best Shop Front

Runner-up Kenna’s Butchers, Friary Street,

Winner The Good Earth, Kieran Street,

The Good Earth St Kieran's street. Copyright: Keep Kilkenny Beautiful

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,

M Dore, High Street, Best Shop Front top and bottom. Copyright: Keep Kilkenny Beautiful

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.

St patrick's parish centre garden. Copyright: Keep Kilkenny Beautiful

St Patrick's parish centre garden. Copyright: Keep Kilkenny Beautiful

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,

RESULTS

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.

RESULTS

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.

RESULTS

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.

RESULTS

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)

Maiden hill division 3 overall winner. Copyright: Keep Kilkenny Beautiful

Division 2; Ashurst, (KKB Crystal & €400 Garden Voucher)

Ashurst overall winner division 2. Copyright: Keep Kilkenny Beautiful

Division 1; Parkview / Parkview Drive (KKB Crystal & €500 Garden Voucher)

Division 1 Parkview, Parkview drive overall winner. Copyright: Keep Kilkenny Beautiful