President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins to visit Kilkenny
The excitement is building in the medieval city of Kilkenny as the Keep Kilkenny Beautiful committee (KKB) , Kilkenny County Council and local residents prepare to welcome the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins on Saturday 6thJune. During his visit The President will unveil a plaque to celebrate the city’s victory in the National SuperValuTidyTowns Competition 2014.
The celebrations will kick off in Kilkenny Castle Park at 11am with entertainment provided by St Patrick’s Brass Band. The President is due to arrive at 11.30. He will meet members of the KKB committee, local residents, community representatives, delegates from Kilkenny County Council and the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government.
Everyone in our City is invited to attend Kilkenny’s Day of Celebration.
Speaking on the run up to the President’s visit Peter Bluett, Chairman of KKB expressed his satisfaction at the success of Kilkenny City. He noted that receiving the National Award was hard won and victory in the Competition was therefore even sweeter and to be savoured.
This is the second time that Kilkenny has won the overall title; the last time was in 1985. Since then the drive and determination to keep the community flourishing has remained constant. In 2014, Kilkenny scooped an impressive five awards including: National Award Winner, Irelands Tidiest Large Urban Centre Award, a Gold Medal Award, the South East Regional Award and a Best in County Award.
Speaking about the visit, Mr John Mulholland, Acting Chief Executive of Kilkenny County Council noted that Kilkenny’s ongoing success in Tidy Towns is the result of great community collaboration and great team work – just like Kilkenny hurling! The overall National Tidy Towns Award is testament to the selfless efforts of the ‘Keep Kilkenny Beautiful’ Committee supported by the investment of substantial resources by Kilkenny County Council.”
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Bud, a long term resident Swan of the Castle pond decided to fly out of the park and then go walk about in the last few days. A phone call from a local resident had reported a sighting of Bud in her garden. Mr Pat Durkin of Bird watch Ireland was joined by members of the KKB to find Bud. A search followed which found nothing but feathers. Later in the day Bud turned up in Dukesmeadows. Bud walked back with a large crowd from Dukesmeadows under the watchful direction of Pat Durkin.
Kilkenny city provided a colourful welcome to all our visitors along the canal walk and river Nore.