Kilkenny City wins in National Tidy Towns 2013

Kilkenny City has  performed very strongly in the 2013 National Tidy Towns competition. Presentations took place in Dublin on the 9th September 2013. Receiving a total of  313 marks,  Kilkenny was placed  just 3 marks behind the overall National Tidy Town winner Moynalty, Co Meath. Chairman David Fitzgerald complemented the hard work  and commitment of the Citizens of Kilkenny, City Authorities and the many Voluntary Organisations  in achieving such a  result for Kilkenny City.

Kilkenny city received the following awards:

  • South East Regional  Award
  • Gold Medal
  • County Award
  • Tourism Towns Award
KKB Committee celebrate following the National awards presentations 2013

KKB Committee celebrate following the National awards presentations 2013

Kilkenny improved a total of 4 marks  in the following  categories.

  • Overall development approach.
  • Landscaping.
  • Litter control.
  • Roads streets and back areas.

For further information on our  City’s 2013  Report (link).  National Tidy Towns


Winning the War on Litter

Kilkenny is looking even more beautiful. Last Thursday evening KKB joined volunteers including many from the The Butts area to do a clean up around The Butts and Canices Church area. The area has been so well maintained that everyone arrived back before the hour was up as there was so little rubbish. THIS is the result that KKB is looking for.   Well done to all involved
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New Bag to help us bag this years Tidy Towns

The Cats Out of the Bag… well at least on it!
Yesterday saw the launch of the County Councils and KKB new initiative to get more people involved in keeping their own areas clean. The black and amber bags are the perfect size for minor litter on approach roads, or if you can just walking or on the bike.
Why not join those who are helping keep Kilkenny as beautiful as it should be.
Phone/text 086 2514041 for any queries.

Copy of 11 jan 2012  004 litter bag

The Council is Watching Litter Offenders….and Winning

Litter offenders, think twice, the Council is Watching You………

Kilkenny County Council has increased its enforcement capacity by purchasing additional specialised cameras which are in constant use at various locations throughout the County. Deployed at ‘Litter
Hot Spots’ the cameras allow continuous 24 hour monitoring. The Council secured a litter prosecution last month using evidence captured on a camera. A Kilkenny City resident was fined
€300 and ordered to pay legal costs of €518. The evidence presented in court was camera footage that clearly revealed the defendant dumping rubbish onto a road verge.

Since the installation of the new technology, it has captured footage of approximately 70 litter offenders using the cameras. Each litter offence is subject to a litter fine of €150. Failure to pay the
fine may lead to heavier penalties (up to €3,000 in the District Court), as the Kilkenny resident discovered last month. The cameras have been particularly effective at bottle banks. Two bottle
banks which have been notorious litter black spots in the city are yielding on average 5 fines per week and illegal dumping has notably decreased at both locations. After numerous public complaints about the constant volume of refuse dumped adjacent to the bottle banks in
Graiguenamanagh, cameras were recently put in place and have already resulted in eight litter fines.
While it is regrettable to take such enforcement action, it is considered necessary as it’s the only sustainable method to combat illegal dumping and teach offenders a hard lesson; it’s cheaper to
dispose of your refuse in an appropriate manner through a waste collection service or at an amenity centre than to fly tip your waste and risk being caught and fined.

Illegal dumping on public lands can be reported to Kilkenny County Council on the litter line 1800-200-156. All calls are logged, investigated by the enforcement team and then cleared away. In the
current Litter Management Plan, its objectives state that both awareness and enforcement activities will be used to rid the county of litter and the plan acknowledges the requirement of community
participation to succeed in achieving a litter free environment. In 2011, the Council spent €1.4 million on litter management and with decreasing central government funds, the responsibility to
maintain Kilkenny reputation as being a good place to visit lies partly in the hands of the inhabitants of Kilkenny as they hold the key to keeping it clean and litter free.eye

Freebooters clean up in Kilkenny!

Freebooters Football club  join  with the KKB to undertake cleanups in Kilkenny.

Freebooters girls team members with John Scott ( team manager) and Sean Leahy ( KKB Chairman) on a recent clean up in the Newpark area. Copyright: Keep Kilkenny Beautiful

Freebooters girls team members with John Delaney ( Team Coach) and Elaine Bradshaw ( KKB Secretary) on a recent clean up in the Hebron road area. Copyright: Keep Kilkenny Beautiful


Kilkenny Aqua Canoe Club cares for River Nore

Kilkenny Aqua Canoe Club (KACC) members went to work on cleaning the river bank from Greens Bridge to weir at the County Council at the end of January  and collected some eight black bags of rubbish along with a TV and life buoys. Earlier in the month  a further 13 life buoys were collected on the river between Kilkenny and Bennettsbridge, these   have since been returned to the County Council. The KKB compliment the KACC for their continued support and for their dedication  and interest in protecting and enhancing the wonderful river amenity which we have right through Kilkenny City

River clean underway near Kilkenny Castle. Copyright: Kilkenny Aqua Canoe Club

River clean up boat club close to St Francis Abbey Bird sanctuary. Copyright: Kilkenny Aqua Canoe Club