President Obama to visit Ireland

It was reported today that president Obama may visit Kilkenny during his official visit to Ireland in May 2011. On behalf of Kilkenny City the Keep kilkenny Beautiful Committee look forward to extending a warm welcome to President Obama.

Work is already underway in preparing Kilkenny for the 2011 National tidy Towns Competition. In 2010 kilkenny achieved a gold medal and was also awarded the title of Best large urban centre in the country.

A tomb in the historic St Canice’s Cathedral has the remains of Bishop John Kearney (c.1742–1813), who was Mr Obama’s great-great-great-granduncle. He became provost of Trinity College Dublin in 1799 and was bishop of Ossory 1806-1813. His home in Kilkenny was the historic Bishops palace which is located adjacent to the cathedral and still in use to day by the Heritage council.

Kilkenny wins large urban centre award 2010

There was great excitement as Sean Leahy chairman of the Keep Kilkenny Beautiful collected the national award.
” I am excited and delighted for Kilkenny” said Sean Leahy as he proudly displayed the winning trophy. Sean Leahy thanked all  in the City who gave  great support and  assistance to the KKB in 201o  in achieving this wonderful result. 

Minister Gormley with some of the Kilkenny Delegation following the presentation. Copyright: Keep Kilkenny Beautiful

Minister Gormley with Sean Leahy Chairman and Nora Darcy, KKB Member following awards presentation, Copyright: Keep Kilkenny Beautiful