Kilkenny railway station gets “A” grade in latest Ibal survey.

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.

Wembers of KKB celebrate with  Kilkenny railway station Staff.  Kilkenny is Ibal  No.1 in Ireland.

Members of KKB celebrate with Kilkenny railway station Staff. Kilkenny  Ibal No.1 in Ireland.

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.