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 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.