Over the last number of weeks we have seen the river Nore rise and rise. The Nore still quite a wild river with many tree-lined natural banks. When the river rises the floodplains turn into lakes. Trees along the riverbank where undermined and weakened are washed down the river. The City boardwalk was just above the flood level.
Our city has had many creative and fantastic murals. These are generally commissioned for specific locations by Kilkenny Co Co, local businesses and voluntary groups and also by Keep Kilkenny Beautiful. Repairs and cleaning of important murals is also undertake as required. This work in conjunction with a “spray it over” and “clean it off” policy has meant that Kilkenny has a very low level of graffitti through out our city.
The official opening and first public crossing of the new Lady Desart Pedestrian and Cycle bridge took place on the 30th January 2014. With the wonderful backdrop of Kilkenny Castle, Mayor Martin Brett and Alan Kelly TD welcomed a large crowd to this unique event. The first new City Centre river crossing in the Kilkenny for many centuries. This new link will further integrate the Johns Quay and Johns Green area to the centre of Kilkenny. It will give a convenient short walking route from the Library car park and will also be a new vantage point from which to see the river Nore, John’s Bridge and Kilkenny Castle. A number of our Primary schools were also represented at the event, to see history being made.
To see a mature otter enjoying the river Nore is a delight! A large crowd again were given a diving and swimming display close to John’s Bridge.
Some of the crowd viewing the otter from John’s bridge. Copyright: Keep Kilkenny Beautiful.
A playful otter welcomed citizens and tourists to John’s bridge over the last number of days. KKB Chairman Sean Leahy and Secretary Elaine Bradshaw both joined the public along the river. Elaine who followed the movements of the otter spotted it catching a fresh Nore fish.
The Irish name for otter is madra uisce” river dog”. The KKB welcomes the return of otters to the city centre area. There is improved natural cover along the river Nore banks over the last number of years.