Community in action, the big Hello with KKB highlighting the wonderful riverside walks in Kilkenny, a great day was had at Riverside /entrance to the riverside Nore walk. The event was sweetened by great cakes from Cakeface cafe, and washed down with tea, coffee and chat. KKB reuseable cups were also showcased. All the faithful dogs being walked were not forgotten about with treats also being enjoyed. The message is to protect the environment, Keep Kilkenny Beautiful and collect after your dog.
KKB and Dukesmeadows residents participated in a UN-backed global initiative which is being spearheaded in Ireland by the charity Crann, Trees for Ireland through their easy treesie project. With support from Kilkenny County Council, children are assisted in planting native and naturalised trees in their local area. Kilkenny City was selected for a ceremonial tree planting in advance of Earth Day next Monday . This project will assist in providing a shelter belt and wildlife corridor, capture carbon and of course beautify our area.The fruit trees are also very important for our wildlife and pollinators.
Many children around the country have already had a chance to join in this environmental learning opportunity, planting over 14,000 trees in their local parks, community gardens, roadside verges and hospitals as part of the challenge for Ireland’s children to plant a million trees by 2023.
The trees have been specially selected by the team of specialists in easy treesie – Crann. Joining in this activity ties in with many curriculum objectives at local schools and will assist in their winning the International Green Flags.
There was a presentation at Dukesmeadows during the planting on the subject of trees and their importance for our city by Orla Farrell of Crann . A great planting was has by all. Our children will have the opportunity to benefit from the fruit of their labours for many years to come.
KKB have been working with many groups throughout Kilkenny over the last number of years to plant hundreds of fruit trees and bushes suitable for their location.A number of community orchards have already been established and additional orchards are being planned. This action continue over the next number of years. Residents associations and voluntary groups who would like to participate in this action are more than welcome to contact KKB for the next planting season.
Keep Kilkenny Beautiful Awards 2018 – Results
Awards evening took place at Springhill Court Hotel
Tue. 16th October 2018
|Keep Kilkenny beautiful Awards 2018 Results
|Best commercial floral display|
|Bollard’s, Kieran St.|
|Kytler’s Inn, Kieran St.|
|Rafter Dempsey’s, Friary St.|
|Topaz service Station, College Rd.|
|John Joe Cullen, John St.|
|Rothe House, Parliament St.|
|Tynan’s Bridge House
Attractive composition of flowers complementing the historic Pub front which can be viewed from John’s Bridge.
|Most improved commercial premises|
|Front Room Bar, John St.|
|Egan’s Pub, John St.|
|Grapevine, Rose Inn St.|
|Molly’s Cafe, John St.|
Upgrading and extension to existing substantial warehouse buildings with sensitively designed coloured external wall cladding and projecting trims presenting a clean modern development on an important approach road into Kilkenny City
|Best shop front|
|Billy Byrnes, John St.|
|Lenehan’s, Barrack St.|
|Andrew Ryan, Friary St.|
|Sceilp Inn, College Rd.,
Attractive traditional public house on main entry point into Kilkenny City with appropriate signage and flower boxes.
|Best shop signage|
|Marchioness Boutique, Parliament St.|
|Yesterday’s, Patrick St.|
|John Cleere’s public house, Parliament St.|
|JB Burke Public House, Dublin Rd.|
|Syd Harkin’s, Rose Inn St.
Well maintained Public house with attractive signage and complementary art work located on prominent corner site leading to St Mary’s Lane and the Medieval Museum
|Best Kilkenny hospitality|
|Hibernian Hotel, Patrick St.,|
|Kilkenny Inn Hotel, Vicar St.|
|Mena House, Castlecomer Rd.|
|Springhill Court Hotel, Waterford Rd.|
|Fanad House, Bennettsbridge Rd.,
Attractive display to welcome visitors to Kilkenny
|Best commercial centre|
|Flower Power, Carlow Rd.,|
|Market Cross shopping centre
We also note that the 2018TidyTowns adjudicator remarked on the attractive umbrella presentation in the shopping centre access from High street.
|Loughboy shopping centre
Following their recent upgrade the premises has been provided with attractive new building and paving finishes, planted trees and street furniture. This includes spaces for bicycles near the entrance which are well used. The 2018 TidyTowns adjudicator also commented on the high standard that the bring bank area is kept.
|Commendation for evening shop display,
|Cake Face, Irishtown
Presenting attractive shop front display in the evening.
|Left Bank, Patrick St./The Parade,
Creative use of facade lighting in the evening brings out the best in this important land-mark building in the centre of Kilkenny.
|Commendation for sustainability|
|Kilkenny Ghost Tours
Providing a very sustainable walking tour of our City
|Commendation for year round colour and welcome|
|McDonagh Railway Station
Providing a wonderful first impression on arrival for visitors to Kilkenny
|Tourist Hostel, Parliament St.
Providing a colourful year round floral welcome.
|Special Awards – Hidden gems 2018|
|Fragola Cafe, William St.
For providing character and colour on William street.
|Lynch Family, Kennyswell Rd.
For special effort in providing a colourful display and care of adjacent green space which is prominent seen from the Butts roundabout and bridge.
|Kilkenny street of the year
Accepted by St John’s on behalf of the street
|Heroes in our Community Award|
|Kilkenny Aqua Canoe Club
Nore Dragon Paddlers
Kilkenny Lion’s Club
Kilkenny Sub Aqua Club
State Street Bank
We honour their commitment to Keeping Kilkenny Beautiful right through the year!
|Fitzpatrick Perpetual Shield for Community Effort|
|War Memorial, Peace Park|
|The Brendan Lawless Memorial Award|
|Famine Memorial McDonagh Junction
|PRIVATE GARDENS 2018
This element was cancelled for 2018 due to the hose pipe ban, the requirement to save water and the unprecedented extreme drought conditions during the summer.
The private gardens competition will resume in 2019.
|RESIDENTIAL ESTATE HIGHLY COMMENDED|
|ST PATRICK’S PARISH (Area A)|
|Larchfield Court ,|
|Cedarwood Close / Loughboy Park / Cedarwood Drive/ Cedarwood Avenue/ Cedarwood Crescent|
|Dean’s Court, ( off Waterford rd)|
|ST PATRICK’S PARISH (Area B)|
|College Square, (off College Road)|
|Cashel Downs ,( off Waterford Road)|
|Maiden Hill (off Kells road)|
|Rose Hill (off Kells road)|
|St Fiacre’s Place, (off Nuncio road)|
|ST JOHN’S PARISH (Area A)|
|Glendine Heights/ Glendine Court|
|Lacken Drive, Dublin rd.|
|ST JOHN’S PARISH (Area B)|
|Bishop Birch Place|
|ST CANICE’S PARISH|
|Talbot’s Inch (off Freshford rd)|
|Parkview/Park View Drive|
|Clarnwood (off Freshford rd)|
|Talbot’s Grove /Talbot’s Gate (off Freshford rd)|
|Ayrfield (off Granges road)|
|ST MARY’S PARISH|
|College court/Old Callan road|
|Rushbrook (off Kilcreen road)|
|Fr. Murphy Square|
|BEST OVERALL RESIDENTIAL ESTATES 2018|
|Joint runners up smaller residential estates 2018 :|
|Rose Hill Court|
|Smaller residential estate overall winner 2018|
De La Salle Place
|“the judges were impressed with the care taken by this small community to look after their estate. The small green space is neatly looked after with colourful flowers and perennial planting with trees. Congratulations to De la Salle Place, on their efforts and the receipt of their overall smaller estate award in 2018 “
|Joint runners up larger estates 2018 :|
|Sycamores – Aylesbury|
|Larger estate overall winner 2018|
|“The judges were amazed by the extent of work which has been completed over the last number of years to improve this estate. The judges were very impressed by the large meadow, variety of trees, the fruit trees, wild flower planting, colourful flower area and also the composting area. The judges found the estate litter free. The TidyTowns adjudicator 2018 was also impressed with the sending being undertaken to provide suitable all-weather footpaths through the meadow. Congratulations to Dukesmeadows on their efforts and the receipt of their overall award in 2018 “|
Celebrating another wonderful year 2017. Best wishes to all who support keeping Kilkenny Beautiful.
There was a large attendance at the Keep Kilkenny Beautiful awards 2017 took place on the 7th November.
Keep Kilkenny Beautiful awards 2017 results
Best commercial floral display
O’Lanagain, Rose Inn St.
Rafter Dempsey’s, Friary St.
Rothe House Parliament St.
Bollard’s public house, Kieran St.
Flowering baskets and attractive seating area
Most improved commercial premises
Mullen’s Butchers, Friary St.
Cake face, Irishtown
Glanbia House, Ring road, Kilkenny
Kilkenny Inn Hotel, Vicar St.
Nice new outside seating area complemented with colourful planting
Best shop front
D&R Antiques, Rose Inn St.
Langton’s Hotel, John St.
The Dylan, John St.
Red painted traditional shop front with hanging baskets
Best shop signage
Glendine Inn, Castlecomer Rd.
Kilkenny Crafts, Rose Inn St.
The Butterslip shop, Rose Inn St. / Kieran St.
Attractive painted shop front and window display.
Best Kilkenny Hospitality
Fanad House, Bennettsbridge Rd.,
Hibernian Hotel, Patrick St.,
Springhill Court Hotel, Waterford Rd.,
Attractive outside seating area with attractive floral displays
Best Commercial centre
Newpark shopping centre
Market Cross shopping centre
McDonald’s, Hebron Rd.,
McDonagh Junction shopping centre.
Aldi Waterford rd.,
Imaginative planting following their recent upgrade, the national tidy towns adjudicator also noted “we were most impressed by the planting scheme at and adjacent to Aldi, the judge also said that this is the best supermarket planting we personally have seen”
Commendation For evening shop displays,
Presenting attractive shop front display in the evening.
Gift Horse, Rose Inn St.
Goods, High St.
Heroes in our Community Award
Regular Clean ups in the Loughboy area
Regular Clean ups in the Waterford rd. area.
The Brendan Lawless Memorial Award
Medieval Mile Museum, Mary’s Lane,
” This award is for the attractive restoration of St Mary’s church as the Medieval Mile Museum. The national tidy towns judge stated in the 2017 adjudication report “You have a fantastic built environment which you take care of very well. Your Medieval Mile is looking splendid…. We loved the work carried out to St. Mary’s in true conservation manner and housing all those wonderful artefacts, heretofore hidden in storage, and putting them on display for the public to see is excellent. “
Hidden gems award
Andrea O’Farrell, Tilbury place,
The judges were impressed with this little gem. Making great use of a very small front yard area and bringing life to the laneway. There are fruit plants, flowers, seating area, clothes line, seat, place for bins and toys.
Rinuccini’s, The Parade
For creative vegetable garden behind the railings to front of building.
Tourist hostel, Parliament street
The vertical wall of colour produced on this narrow frontage impressed the judges, the planting is updated during the year and gives a colourful welcome to passers-by and visitors to the Hostel
Hall of Fame Award
This hall of Fame award is awarded in recognition of the contribution of a citizen who has selflessly given of her time and effort for the betterment of Kilkenny City and the Tidy Towns movement over many years. Always involved, meeting, greeting, coaxing and cajoling, seeking to get the best for Kilkenny City, Keep Kilkenny Beautiful are honoured to present this year’s award to Elaine Bradshaw.
PRIVATE GARDENS HIGHLY COMMENDED
ST CANICE’S PARISH
Ber Brennan, Parkview Freshford Rd.
Breda Slattery, Meadow Hill
Pat Shortall, Riverside Drive
Martin Cleere, Connolly St.
Nuala Crotty, Dun Angus, Castlecomer Road
PRIVATE GARDENS HIGHLY COMMENDED ST JOHN’S PARISH
Nuala Byrne, Rosemount, Newpark Drive
Canice and Maura Hickey, Newpark
Mary Nolan, Lacken Drive
PRIVATE GARDENS HIGHLY COMMENDED ST MARY’S PARISH
Pauleen Phelan, Dean Kavanagh Place
Maureen Logan, Dean Kavanagh Place
Teresa and Noel Devlin, Circular road
PRIVATE GARDENS HIGHLY COMMENDED ST PATRICK’S PARISH
Ann Mullhall, Noremount
Edward Bourke, Cypress Avenue
Caroline & Noel Carroll, Hazel Grove
Mary and John Cahill, Westfield
Joan Murray, Fr. Hayden road
CITY- BEST OVERALL PRIVATE GARDEN 2016
Mary Deevy, Riverside Drive
Joan O’Sullivan, Riverview
BEST OVERALL PRIVATE GARDEN 2017
Toni Hayes, Glendine Heights
RESIDENTIAL ESTATE HIGHLY COMMENDED ST PATRICK’S PARISH
RESIDENTIAL ESTATE HIGHLY COMMENDED ST CANICE’S PARISH
RESIDENTIAL ESTATE HIGHLY COMMENDED ST JOHN’S PARISH
RESIDENTIAL ESTATE HIGHLY COMMENDED ST MARY’S PARISH
Rose Hill Court
Old Callan road
BEST OVERALL RESIDENTIAL ESTATES 2017
2017 Smaller estate
“the judges were impressed with the care taken by this small community to look after their estate. The small green space at the rear is neatly looked after with colourful flowers at the base of the trees. The 2017 national tidy towns adjudication report also noted the estate and in particular mentioned the rose planting at the entrance ”… The lovely rose bed at the entrance to the Tennis club was admired” .. Congratulations to Beech Park, on their efforts and the receipt of their overall award in 2017 “
2017 Larger estate
“the judges were amazed by the extent of work which has been completed over the last number of years to improve this large estate. The judges were very impressed by the lake and all of the wildlife, the fruit trees, wild flower planting, colourful flower area and also the composting area. The judges found the estate litter free. Congratulations to Lakeside on their efforts and the receipt of their overall award in 2017 “