Kilkenny City “cleaner than European norms” 2019

Keep Kilkenny Beautiful are very pleased with the Irish Business against Litter (Ibal) overall 2018 result which gives Kilkenny city a position of 9th in the country and the  status of “Cleaner than European norms ”. Congratulations also to Fermoy for achieving the No.1 position for 2018.
Congratulations to all who have assisted in this excellent result. It  reflects the tremendous work being undertaken on an ongoing basis by many voluntary groups, organisations, businesses and Kilkenny County Council throughout our city over the last year.

Kilkenny railway station

 

An Taisce Report – IBAL Anti-Litter League, Round 2, 2018

Kilkenny: Overall 2018 result: 9th out of 40 towns / cities surveyed. Cleaner than European Norms.

Another excellent result for Kilkenny with 80% of sites getting the top litter grade. Market Cross Shopping Centre was a particularly well presented and clean site – large planter boxes certainly enhance the overall environment. Kilkenny Train Station (Exterior and Interior) was excellent – clearly it is a very well attended site; the streetscape along High Street was excellent and the grounds of Kilkenny Castle were pristine. The Recycle Bank at St. Canice’s presented well on first impression but further inspection revealed a definite litter presence.

L2627 Approach from Clara: Grade A. The overall presentation of this road was a very good one. Pathway was in good order and newly trimmed grass verges skirted the roundabout leading to the town.

Kilkenny Train Station – Exterior: Grade A. This was an impeccable site. The whole environment was very well maintained with footpath, ramp, signage, flowering pots, bins etc. in very good condition.

Kilkenny Train Station – Interior: Grade A. The interior of Kilkenny Train Station was a very fresh environment. Seating, bins, notices boards, plant boxes, hanging baskets and visitor information were in good order.

Series of empty / derelict buildings on Watergate: Grade B. (Numbers 11, 13 & 15). The presentation of this series of buildings was poor with painting peeling and overall impression a negative one. This will only deteriorate further if not addressed.

Recycle Bank by St. Canice’s: Grade B. On first impression the presentation of this recycle facility was a good one with bins and signage relating to the usage of same in good condition. It was, however, let down by a variety of litter items to the rear of the recycle units, between the bushes and bins.

Market Cross Shopping Centre: Grade A. This semi-covered shopping centre was very fresh with plenty of substantial planter boxes throughout. Seating, paving, lamps etc. all presented very well and there was a complete absence of litter throughout.

High Street: Grade A. The High Street in Kilkenny has an excellent streetscape. All aspects of the area surveyed were in very good condition. The road surface has attractive paving, creating a very fresh impression. The paving stones on the footpath looked very well. The street was further enhanced by wooden seating.

Grounds of Kilkenny Castle: Grade A. The grounds of Kilkenny Castle were in excellent order and there was a complete absence of litter throughout.

Loughboy Approach Road: Grade A. This road presented well with road surface, cycle path, signage and markings in good order. There was no obvious litter.

M9 / M10 Connecting Road to Carlow: Grade A. An excellent route. The edging of the roads was clear cut, road surfaces were in very good condition and there didn’t appear to be any visible litter.

Kilkenny castle from Lacken viewing point with river Nore under.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Murals in Kilkenny

Our city has had many creative and fantastic murals. These  are generally commissioned for specific  locations by Kilkenny Co Co, local businesses and voluntary groups  and also by Keep Kilkenny Beautiful. Repairs and cleaning of important murals is also undertake as required. This work in conjunction with a “spray it over” and “clean it off” policy has meant that Kilkenny has a very low level of graffitti through out our city.

Ossory bridge mural recently completed.

Repairs to Ossory Bridge Mural being undertaken Summer 2017

Closh Summer youth Group Project “one human family”

Fantastic mural on Ossory bridge newly completed this summer. The large scale the Mural  works well with the   well used pedestrian Bridge at this location.

Bahai Youth Group  with members from all over europe worked  to Keep Kilkenny Beautiful this summer. What a great way to work with the community!

Work under way at the Closh!

New mural at Peace Park facing the river Nore. The newly completed  mural complements the colourful Peace Park wild flower planting.

Newly repaired St Mary’s Lane Duck, thank you to  Paris Texas for comissioning  the work!

 

Kilkenny spruces up for a royal visit

Preparations are being made  to welcome Prince Charles to Kilkenny City. No doubt Kilkenny Castle and the  wonderful Castle Park will be on his tour. The Parade looks fantastic and  the weekly farmers  market will be in full swing  during the visit on Thursday to our City.

Kilkenny Castle park in May 2017

 

Callan Road pop up park works commence!

The new Callan road city pop up park development  has commenced.  There is a 2 year programme of works and events planned.  Invasive weeds are being removed.  An insect reserve and  wild flower garden area is to be protected. A survey of existing plants has been  undertaken.  Initial grass cutting of access paths and cleaning took place  on mid summers day and this was followed by a KKB  pop up BBQ!

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