A large crowd attended a very interesting presentation by Zoe Devlin titled ” Wildflowers of Ireland – a personal record” which recently took place in Kilkenny. The event was coordinated by Bird watch Ireland Kilkenny branch. Zoe reviewed Ireland’s rare flowers and also some of the not so rare flowers including flowers growing in Kilkenny. Invasive species were also reviewed.
The importance of pollinator species was discussed. The event ties in to the theme of improving habitat for our bees in Kilkenny. The importance of many plants to specific insects and having adequate food for birds was noted.
“Talk of the town #2 – a vibrant vision; a green and inclusive Kilkenny 2030”
A very informative talk and debate in relation the environment, the way forward in Kilkenny and our future took place recently in the Pembroke hotel. The evening was coordinated by Malcolm Noonan, chaired by Eamon Ryan TD and with guest speakers Senator Grace O’Sullivan and Etaoin Holahan who provide inspiration in relation to the importance of everyone working together to improve our environment for our families and our children.
The well attended event was really enjoyable. Current environment issues were debated in relation to our city and county and potential ways forward we reviewed. We went away invigorated and with additional energy in relation to our aim of Keeping Kilkenny Beautiful into the future.
A very successful clean up was undertaken to help improve the wildlife habitat along the river Breagagh. The key aim was the removal of plastics in particular which are not biodegradable. Bottles and cans where possible were collected and recycled. Why not join in for the next event!
Breagagh clean up in conjunction with Roberts hill residents association ( 16th February ) meet 10am entrance to Roberts Hill estate off Circular road, Tea ~Coffee after! bring your wellies. All are welcome. Email us at [email protected] or ring 086-1075532 to get details of our environmental actions and clean ups.
KKB were pleased to host a visit to Kilkenny by Cashel Tidy Towns during December. This included a tour of Kilkenny City centre and also a visit to the City Medieval Museum. The visit provided a opportunity for us all to compare and review our experiences of Tidy Towns in action.
Nore Dragon Paddlers overall European Environmental Award
On the 16th of October, the Nore Dragon Paddlers were awarded a “Hero’s in the Community Award” from Keep Kilkenny Beautiful for their continuous environmental contribution on the river Nore along with the Kilkenny Aqua Canoe Club, KACC.
This involved regular litter picks on the river whilst out on the water . As a result of this great achievement, the president of the Irish Dragon Boat Association, Julie Doyle, nominated the Nore Dragon Paddlers for the Environmental Award at the European Dragon Boat Federation Forum (30th of November – 2nd of December ) in Seville, Spain. We are delighted to announce that not only did the Nore Dragon Paddlers make the final, but they actually won the award!
The award ceremony was held on Saturday 1st November in Seville and was attended by representatives of the dragon boat community from 16 Nations including Ireland.
Paddlers launch on to the river Nore
Congratulations to the Paddlers for their international success and working with our community to improve the environment in a sustainable way.
Savour Kilkenny has introduced new green initiatives to minimise the environmental impact of the festival with waste minimisation and also raising environmental awareness for stall holders and visitors. This includes food waste bins, (for cooked / raw food) in addition general waste bins, compostable packaging, cardboard and newspaper. Reusable shopping bags are also available. This green initiative will divert food waste from landfill and instead the waste will be composted and converted into a usable product. Kilkenny CoCo and Savour encourage festival goers to separate their waste into compostable and general waste. visitors can refill their water bottles at provided water points reducing the need for plastic bottled water. Visitors are encouraged to walk, cycle, car pool to get to events which are mostly centered on the City area within easy access.