The planting of the link road roundabout, connecting to the motorway, has been completed with over 4,000 herbaceous perennials and grasses. This is one of the largest sustainable roundabout planting schemes in the country. This pilot project is being carried out as a new approach to roundabout management. Once established it will be less maintenance intensive and will not require replanting year on year as is the current practice with bedding. It will take a couple of weeks to settle in and some hot weather to flower but hopefully will look well in time for Tidy Towns judging.
The official opening of the last section of the M9 motorway took place on the 9th September 2010. The Keep Kilkenny Beautiful Committee were represented at the ceremony by Chairman Sean Leahy, Hon. Secretary Elaine Bradshaw and PRO Peter Bluett. The completion of the road diverts heavy traffic away from the historic Kilkenny City. It will also allow for safe access to Kilkenny via a c. 4 km access road directly from the Motorway to our City ring road.