Kilkenny City and Keep Kilkenny Beautiful were very pleased to recently welcome visitors to our beautiful city from Athlone Tidy Towns committee and Athlone Municipal District.
Kilkenny City is three in a row overall IBAL (Irish Business Against Litter) winner. The KKB congratulates all who have worked together in our City to achieve this top award for a record third time.
IBAL has again found that Kilkenny City has reached the highest standards in the country in their recent survey of 40 towns and cities through out Ireland.
Kilkenny City received top marks in the first inspection of 2014. Following the second inspection Kilkenny was short-listed with Cavan, Longford and Tramore for the overall 2014 award. The Judges report is set out under.
Kilkenny: in top four out of 40 towns / cities surveyed. Cleaner than European Norms.
Another clean sweep for Kilkenny – one noticeable feature in Kilkenny was the general presentation of the main shopping streets – it had many independent shops / cafes rather than the usual sameness that so often pervades other towns. The sites weren’t just clear of litter but very attractively presented. As well as the shopping / streets other good sites included the River Bank and Kilkenny Railway Station – it was in pristine condition, both interior and exterior.
N10 Waterford Approach Road: Grade A. The overall presentation of this road excellent. Road surface / markings / signage were in good order and walking / cycling paths were all very impressive.
Patrick Street: Grade A. There were lovely old buildings along this city centre street, some brightly painted, others less so. The overall impression created along this street was a positive one.
River Bank: Grade A. The river bank and immediate environs were in very good condition. The grass was neatly cut, black railings were very fresh and the life-bets, path and ornamental trees were in good order – a top ranking site throughout.
John’s Quay: Grade A. This street is characterised by some very fine old buildings, including Carmegie Library building and some clubs. It is particularly well presented with shrubbery, trees, paving, grass etc. in excellent condition – there was a complete absence of litter.
John Street: Grade A. The individual shops were nicely presented and many had attractive signage. There was lovely brick paving along the footpath. The overall impression created here was a very positive one.
Rose Inn Street: Grade A. A busy street for both pedestrians and traffic – despite high levels of both it was clear of litter. Paving, road surface / markings, bollards etc. were all in very good order.
Kilkenny Railway Station – Interior: Grade A. A very clean and fresh looking station interior. All aspects of the area surveyed were not just clear of litter but in very good condition e.g. seating, flooring, bins etc. – excellent throughout.
Kilkenny Railway Station – Exterior: Grade A. The exterior of Kilkenny station was also excellent. The built environment was in very good order but the station staff are clearly very attentive.
Carlow Approach Road: Grade A. This site got the top litter grade, but only just. Along this road stands a McDonald’s and despite plentiful supply of bins at this site they were not always being used. The road proper was in good order.
N76-66 Link Road – Clonmel – Portlaoise: Grade A. All seemed in good order along this old established route. It was generally a well tended site clear of litter.
The KKB celebrate winning the overall 2014 national award. Many thanks to all in our Beautiful City who have worked together to achieve this award.
Kilkenny City has performed very strongly in the 2013 National Tidy Towns competition. Presentations took place in Dublin on the 9th September 2013. Receiving a total of 313 marks, Kilkenny was placed just 3 marks behind the overall National Tidy Town winner Moynalty, Co Meath. Chairman David Fitzgerald complemented the hard work and commitment of the Citizens of Kilkenny, City Authorities and the many Voluntary Organisations in achieving such a result for Kilkenny City.
Kilkenny city received the following awards:
- South East Regional Award
- Gold Medal
- County Award
- Tourism Towns Award
Kilkenny improved a total of 4 marks in the following categories.
- Overall development approach.
- Litter control.
- Roads streets and back areas.
For further information on our City’s 2013 Report (link). National Tidy Towns
Woodies DIY Kilkenny has joined forces with Keep Kilkenny Beautiful to enhance our City and County.
Generous sponsorship of Bulbs by Woodies has facilitated the distribution by the KKB of a colorful range of flowering bulbs to primary and secondary Schools and other groups throughout our City and County.
These included St Patrick’s boys school, John of God, St Canice’s, St John’s senior, Kilkenny College, the Model school, the City Vocational School on New street and the SOS on the Callan Rd.
The KKB also cooperates with Tidy town’s committees through out County Kilkenny. Flowering bulbs were distributed by the KKB in January to Goresbridge, Thomastown, Coon, Urlingford and Inistoge Tidy Towns Committees to help give spring and summer colour.
Kilkenny City Achieves Gold in the 2012 National Tidy towns competition.