Our County Hall looks fantastic in the winter sun. Extensive work is under way on the attractive riverside gardens and paths. The River Nore walk also goes through the grounds. There is a free car park in the grounds at the weekend where you can start a wonderful river and city walk.
The wonderful River Nore walk between Kilkenny and Bennettsbridge was featured in the Irish Times. The trail stretches for 11 km and starts at Canal square under Kilkenny Castle. There is also a very attractive loop and board walk starting at Canal square. this extends as far as the new pedestrian bridge at Ossory Bridge and back on the opposite river side. This loop which meanders through a wooded area along the river Nore is c.5km in length. The City Loop was only completed in 2014 and it is already very popular with visitors.
A start can be made at Kilkenny castle. The walk is directly under the imposing castle.
Under is a view of the extensively wooded valley between Kilkenny castle and Ossory bridge which forms the attractive walking loop close to the City.
The official opening and first public crossing of the new Lady Desart Pedestrian and Cycle bridge took place on the 30th January 2014. With the wonderful backdrop of Kilkenny Castle, Mayor Martin Brett and Alan Kelly TD welcomed a large crowd to this unique event. The first new City Centre river crossing in the Kilkenny for many centuries. This new link will further integrate the Johns Quay and Johns Green area to the centre of Kilkenny. It will give a convenient short walking route from the Library car park and will also be a new vantage point from which to see the river Nore, John’s Bridge and Kilkenny Castle. A number of our Primary schools were also represented at the event, to see history being made.
The Sub Aqua Club did more than their fair share of helping keep their city beautiful with a huge effort from their members in cleaning up the river Nore during the week. Our river Nore is one of our city’s amazing resources and this group of dedicated volunteers collected much as a result of others not appreciating it. Throwing rubbish in the river does not make it disappear!!!!!!
Kilkenny City is taking part in the “one million trees in one day” initiative. We are currently working with our City Authorities and Residents associations to identify and prepare suitable planting locations within our City. The tree planting is to take place during the period Friday 22nd March 2013 – Saturday 23rd March 2013. Planting will begin at 12 noon on Friday and will finish at 12 noon on Saturday.
River Nore Weir and extensive forest on the Canal walk close to Kilkenny City Centre. Copyright: Keep Kilkenny Beautiful
The River Nore and associated wooded areas and meadows reach right into our City centre. The planting of new trees along the river Nore as part of this initiative will enhance our Environment and be of benefit to our wildlife and biodiversity.
If you wish to assist or volunteer on this initiative please contact us at [email protected]
Further information on the initiative can be found at www.onemilliontreesinoneday.com
The river Nore flows through the centre of Kilkenny forming an attractive river wildlife and green area. There are a number of weirs and rock water falls which provides an attractive fishing area for our birds! There are a number of grey herons living and feeding along the river Nore in the area of the City.
Fishing on the river Nore. Copyright: Keep Kilkenny Beautiful