Congratulations to Letterkenny !

The sun shone and the town was blooming as president Higgins formally presented Letterkenny with the overall National Tidy towns Award 2015. KKB members attended and  represented Kilkenny City at the event.

Present Higgins speaks to the gathering.

President Higgins speaks to all at the event.

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Official unveiling of National Award plaque

Official unveiling of National Award plaque

Some of the large crowd at the event.

Some of the large crowd at the event enjoying the warm weather.

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Community celebration in Kilkenny

President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins  visit to Kilkenny

President  Michael D. Higgins  visited Kilkenny on Saturday 6thJune.  During his visit President  Higgins unveiled a plaque to celebrate the city’s victory in the National SuperValuTidyTowns Competition 2014.

The celebration took place at  Kilkenny Castle Park.  Musical  entertainment was  provided by St Patrick’s Brass and Reed Band. for photographs of the event  click here

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View of  Kilkenny Castle with the Irish Flag flying to welcome   President Higgins.

President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins to visit Kilkenny on the 6th June.

President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins to visit Kilkenny

The excitement is building in the medieval city of Kilkenny as the Keep Kilkenny Beautiful committee (KKB) , Kilkenny County Council and local residents prepare to welcome the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins on Saturday 6thJune. During his visit The President will unveil a plaque to celebrate the city’s victory in the National SuperValuTidyTowns Competition 2014.

The celebrations will kick off in Kilkenny Castle Park at 11am with entertainment provided by St Patrick’s Brass Band.  The President is due to arrive at 11.30.  He will meet members of the KKB committee, local residents, community representatives,  delegates from Kilkenny County Council and the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government.

Everyone in our City  is invited to attend Kilkenny’s Day of Celebration.

Speaking on the run up to the President’s visit Peter Bluett, Chairman of KKB  expressed his satisfaction  at the success of Kilkenny City. He noted that receiving the  National Award was hard won and victory in the Competition was therefore even  sweeter and to be savoured.

This is   the second time  that Kilkenny has won the overall title; the last time was in 1985.  Since  then the  drive and determination to keep the community flourishing has remained constant.  In  2014, Kilkenny scooped an impressive five awards including: National Award Winner, Irelands Tidiest Large Urban Centre Award, a Gold Medal Award, the South East Regional Award and a Best in County Award.

Speaking about the visit, Mr John Mulholland, Acting Chief Executive of Kilkenny County Council noted that Kilkenny’s ongoing success in Tidy Towns is the result of great community collaboration and great team work – just like Kilkenny hurling!  The overall National Tidy Towns Award is testament to the selfless efforts of the ‘Keep Kilkenny Beautiful’ Committee supported by the investment of substantial resources by Kilkenny County Council.”

For further information on the Presidential visit to Kilkenny on the 6th June click here


Gateway to Kilkenny

Gateway to Kilkenny


President Obama to visit Ireland

It was reported today that president Obama may visit Kilkenny during his official visit to Ireland in May 2011. On behalf of Kilkenny City the Keep kilkenny Beautiful Committee look forward to extending a warm welcome to President Obama.

Work is already underway in preparing Kilkenny for the 2011 National tidy Towns Competition. In 2010 kilkenny achieved a gold medal and was also awarded the title of Best large urban centre in the country.

A tomb in the historic St Canice’s Cathedral has the remains of Bishop John Kearney (c.1742–1813), who was Mr Obama’s great-great-great-granduncle. He became provost of Trinity College Dublin in 1799 and was bishop of Ossory 1806-1813. His home in Kilkenny was the historic Bishops palace which is located adjacent to the cathedral and still in use to day by the Heritage council.