Tourism Towns 2015

Kilkenny City has been short-listed in  the 2015 Tourism Towns competition. The Awards Ceremony takes place in Dublin later in November.  The key judging criteria are set out under:

Kilkenny Castle Park  July 2015

Kilkenny Castle Park July 2015

• Sense of Place – How our City tells its own unique story to visitors, what’s special about it, and what distinguishes it from other towns and Cities.

  • Local Involvement – How our local community works together to provide an authentic visitor experience.

• Tourism Products Available – What our City has to offer visitors.

• Development and promotion of our City – How our City  takes a unified approach to marketing and developing  into a “tourism town”

Celebrating  a successful clean up!

Celebrating a successful clean up!

M9 Motorway completion diverts traffic away from historic Kilkenny City

The official opening of the last section of the M9 motorway took place on the 9th September 2010. The Keep Kilkenny Beautiful Committee were represented at the ceremony by  Chairman Sean Leahy, Hon. Secretary Elaine Bradshaw and PRO Peter Bluett. The completion of the road diverts heavy traffic away from the historic Kilkenny City. It will also allow  for   safe  access to Kilkenny  via a c. 4 km access road directly from the Motorway to our City ring road.

Official opening of Motorway 9th November 2010. Copyright: Keep Kilkenny Beautiful.

Colourful ring road roundabouts provide welcome to Kilkenny City

Colour on the Waterford road roundabout. Copyright: Keep Kilkenny Beautiful

Yellow is the theme on the New Orchard Road roundabout. Copyright: Keep Kilkenny Beautiful

Multi colour welcomes visitors on the Dublin road roundabout. Copyright: Keep Kilkenny Beautiful

The colour in the city’s roundabouts can now be appreciated.  the Ring road is a blaze of colour with each roundabout themed  so that each is a unique experience. Roundabouts are also signed to aid orientation. the ring road forms a green parkway extending from the Waterford rd to the Castlecomer road. sections of the ring road have also been planted with wild flowers. The extensive city pedestrian and cycle way network  has been completed along much of the route.

The roundabout planting also includes trees and permanent planting to provide colour through out the year.  Extensive tree planting has taken place all along the city Ring road, providing screening and cover.

Callan road roundabout adjacent to Hotel Kilkenny . Copyright: Keep Kilkenny Beautiful

A multi-colour bed welcomes all to the Kells road roundabout. Copyright: Keep Kilkenny Beautiful

Bennettsbridge road roundabout sports the Kilkenny colours!. Copyright: Keep Kilkenny Beautiful

Kilkenny Castle and the river Nore

The historic Kilkenny Castle which was built in 1195 continues to be an impressive structure overlooking the river Nore and the City.

Main entrance to Kilkenny Castle from the Parade. Copyright: Keep Kilkenny Beautiful.

Kilkenny Castle from the Castle Park mid-summers day 2010. Copyright: Keep Kilkenny Beautiful.

River Nore viewing point on the Dublin road approach to Kilkenny City. Copyright: Keep Kilkenny Beautiful.

View from the south east of Kilkenny Castle which dominates the river Nore. The Nore linear park and its extensive wooded walks and wild flower meadows extend right into the city centre. Copyright: Keep Kilkenny Beautiful.