Kilkenny Arts festival 2017 commenced in warm sunny weather. There were large crowds attending the many street events which took place during the opening weekend. Great colour was to be seen and the flower displays were fantastic. Congratulations to all!
Kilkenny City Harriers and KKB successfully completed the City wide litter pick challenge! It was a good day for all. see also Facebook Kilkenny City Harriers
Kilkenny city was featured on Nationwide and Building Ireland on the 31st of March. there were wonderful pictures and review of our New Medieval mile museum on Nationwide and following this on Building Ireland, the history of Kilkenny Castle and its importance to Kilkenny City was celebrated.
The Programmes can be seen on the RTE player website.
Clonegal was the venue for the 2015 Southeast Regional Awards. Congratulations to Clonegal for hosting a most enjoyable event. Kilkenny city received their 2015 Gold Medal award and also the County Award during the event.
Kilkenny city has again been honoured with the receipt of a coveted 2015 tourism town’s award.
This is Kilkenny’s fourth consecutive success in the Tourism Towns competition receiving a highly commended award. Kilkenny was crowned the National Tourism Town winner in 2013 and was also highly commended in 2012 and 2014.
We congratulate Tralee the overall large town winner 2015 and our joint large town highly commended winners of Cobh, Co. Cork and Killarney, Co Kerry.
There has been very strong cooperation through out Kilkenny city between public and private sector, voluntary groups and businesses working together to reach the level of success achieved in this competition.
Kilkenny city is a unique place to visit and enjoy! The Keep Kilkenny beautiful committee are proud partners and congratulate all who have worked together to achieve once again this prestigious award within our city.
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
View of Kilkenny Castle with the Irish Flag flying to welcome President Higgins.
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.
Following an overall win in the competition in 2013, Kilkenny City is again a finalist in the 2014 competition, the presentations take place shortly in Dublin. Congratulations to all the hard work by our Tourism sector!