Congratulations to all the pupils from Colaiste Pobail Osrai for all their hard work and their spring clean of the pedestrian and cycle way serving the Fairways, Beech Lawns, the Orchard and Pococke.
On 27th April, 16 first year students, with their teacher Caoimhin, picked up litter along the Fairways walk way. They were participating in Neat Streets, an anti litter programme for Secondary Schools. After 90 minutes 18 bags of rubbish and a trolley had been removed. Great credit is due to the friendly and enthusiastic students of Colaiste Pobail Osrai for the smashing job they did.
Kilkenny city was featured on Nationwide and Building Ireland on the 31st of March. there were wonderful pictures and review of our New Medieval mile museum on Nationwide and following this on Building Ireland, the history of Kilkenny Castle and its importance to Kilkenny City was celebrated.
The Programmes can be seen on the RTE player website.
Kilkenny has been nominated the prettiest town in Europe 2017 by the Japanese Association of Travel Agents (JATA). Kilkenny was number one of 30 towns from throughout Europe. The citation noted:
On the banks of the River Nore in the province of Leinster, Kilkenny is often referred to as a city though it is the size of a large town. Its heritage is on display in the form of Kilkenny Castle, St Canice’s Cathedral and its medieval walls.
Keep Kilkenny Beautiful congratulate all who have worked to keep our City beautiful and pretty for our citizens and visitors.
Wonderful colours at Kilkenny castle!
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.”
For further information on the Presidential visit to Kilkenny on the 6th June click here
Kilkenny City hosted the South Eastern Regional awards of the Tidy towns on the 4th November 2013. The event took place at the Parade Tower located in the Historic Kilkenny Castle complex. Kilkenny City received the Tidy towns County Award, Tidy towns Gold Medal, the Bord Failte Tourist Town nomination award and the South east regional award at the event.
Kilkenny city receives the South east Regional award 2013. Accepting the South East Regional Award, sponsored by REPAK Ireland, on behalf of Keep Kilkenny Beautiful at the TidyTowns South East Regional Awards Ceremony on November 4th in Kilkenny Castle, were [L to R] Bill Collins, REPAK Ltd; David FitzGerald, Chairman of Keep Kilkenny Beautiful; Phil Hogan T.D. Minister for the Environment, Community & Local Government.(photo: KKB)