Annual Kilkenny City Awards 2018

Keep Kilkenny Beautiful Awards 2018  –   Results

Awards evening took  place at Springhill Court Hotel 

Tue. 16th  October  2018

Keep Kilkenny beautiful Awards 2018 Results

 

 
Best commercial floral display  
Highly commended  
   
Bollard’s,  Kieran St.
Kytler’s Inn, Kieran St.
Rafter Dempsey’s,  Friary St.
Topaz service Station, College Rd.
John Joe Cullen, John St.
Rothe House, Parliament  St.
Winner  
Tynan’s Bridge House

Attractive composition of flowers complementing the historic Pub front  which can be viewed from John’s Bridge.

 
Most improved commercial premises  
Highly commended  
Front Room Bar, John St.
Egan’s Pub, John St.
Grapevine, Rose Inn St.
Molly’s Cafe, John St.
Winner  
Brannigan’s Warehousing.

 

Upgrading and extension to existing substantial warehouse buildings with sensitively designed coloured external wall cladding and projecting trims presenting a clean modern  development on an important approach road into Kilkenny City

 
Best shop front  
Highly commended  
Billy Byrnes, John St.
Lenehan’s, Barrack St.
Andrew Ryan, Friary St.
Winner  
Sceilp Inn, College Rd.,

Attractive traditional public house on main entry point into Kilkenny City with appropriate  signage and  flower boxes.

 
Best shop signage  
Highly commended  
Marchioness Boutique, Parliament St.
Yesterday’s, Patrick St.
John Cleere’s public house, Parliament St.
JB Burke Public House, Dublin Rd.
Winner  
Syd Harkin’s, Rose Inn St.

Well maintained Public house  with attractive signage and complementary art work  located on prominent corner site leading to St Mary’s Lane and the Medieval Museum

 
Best Kilkenny hospitality  
Hibernian Hotel, Patrick St.,
Kilkenny Inn Hotel, Vicar St.
Mena House,  Castlecomer Rd.
Springhill Court Hotel, Waterford Rd.
Winner  
Fanad House, Bennettsbridge Rd.,

Attractive display  to welcome visitors to Kilkenny

 
Best commercial centre  
Highly commended  
Flower Power, Carlow Rd.,
Market Cross shopping centre

We also note that the 2018TidyTowns adjudicator remarked on the attractive umbrella presentation in the shopping centre access from High street.

Winner  
Loughboy shopping centre

 

Following their recent upgrade the premises has been provided with  attractive new  building and paving  finishes, planted trees and street furniture. This includes  spaces for bicycles  near the entrance which are well used. The 2018 TidyTowns adjudicator also commented on the high standard that the bring bank area is kept.

Commendation for evening shop display,

 

 
Cake Face, Irishtown

 Presenting attractive shop front display in the evening.

Left Bank, Patrick St./The Parade, 

Creative use of facade lighting in the evening brings out the best in this important land-mark building in the centre of Kilkenny.

Commendation for sustainability  
Kilkenny Ghost  Tours

Providing  a very sustainable walking   tour of our City

Commendation for year round colour and welcome  
McDonagh Railway Station

Providing  a wonderful first impression  on arrival  for visitors to Kilkenny

Tourist Hostel,  Parliament St.

Providing  a colourful  year round floral welcome.

Special Awards – Hidden gems 2018  
Fragola Cafe,  William St.   

For providing character  and  colour  on William street.

Lynch Family, Kennyswell Rd.

For special effort in providing a colourful display and care of adjacent green space which is prominent seen  from the Butts roundabout and bridge.

Kilkenny street of the year

 2018

 
John St.

Accepted by St John’s  on behalf of the street

Heroes in our Community Award  
Kilkenny Aqua Canoe Club

Nore Dragon Paddlers

Kilkenny Lion’s Club

Kilkenny Sub Aqua Club

State Street Bank

 

We honour their  commitment to Keeping Kilkenny Beautiful right through the year! 

   
Fitzpatrick Perpetual Shield for Community Effort                       
War  Memorial,  Peace Park
   
The Brendan Lawless Memorial Award  
Famine Memorial   McDonagh Junction

 

   
   
PRIVATE GARDENS 2018

This element was cancelled for 2018 due to the hose pipe ban, the requirement to save water  and  the unprecedented  extreme drought conditions  during the summer.

The private gardens competition will resume in 2019.

 

 
RESIDENTIAL ESTATE  HIGHLY COMMENDED  
   
ST PATRICK’S PARISH (Area A)  
   
Larchfield Court ,
Cedarwood Close / Loughboy Park / Cedarwood Drive/ Cedarwood Avenue/ Cedarwood Crescent
Dean’s Court, ( off Waterford rd)
ST PATRICK’S PARISH (Area B)  
College Square, (off College Road)
Cashel Downs ,( off  Waterford Road)
Maiden Hill (off Kells road)
Rose Hill  (off Kells road)
St Fiacre’s Place,  (off Nuncio road)
ST JOHN’S PARISH  (Area A)  
Richview
Newpark Lawn
Glendine Heights/ Glendine Court
Lacken Drive, Dublin rd.
ST JOHN’S PARISH  (Area B)  
Bishop Birch Place
The Fairways
O’Loughlin Court
ST CANICE’S  PARISH  
Talbot’s Inch (off Freshford rd)
Parkview/Park View Drive
Clarnwood (off Freshford rd)
Talbot’s Grove /Talbot’s Gate (off Freshford rd)
Ayrfield (off Granges road)
St Maul’s
Broguemakers hill
ST MARY’S  PARISH  
College court/Old Callan road
Rushbrook (off Kilcreen road)
Fr. Murphy Square
Fatima Place  
 
BEST OVERALL RESIDENTIAL ESTATES  2018  
   
Joint runners up smaller residential  estates 2018 :  
Ashurst
Rose Hill Court
 
Smaller  residential  estate overall winner 2018  
 

De La Salle Place

the judges were impressed with the care taken by this small community to look after their estate. The small green space is neatly looked after with colourful flowers and perennial planting with trees. Congratulations to De la Salle Place, on their efforts and the receipt of their overall smaller estate award in 2018

 

 
 
Joint runners up larger estates 2018 :  
Lakeside
Sycamores – Aylesbury
   
Larger  estate overall winner 2018  
 

Dukesmeadows

 

“The judges were amazed by the extent of work which has been completed over the last number of years to improve this estate. The judges were very impressed by the large meadow, variety of trees, the fruit trees, wild flower planting,  colourful flower area and also the composting area. The judges found the estate litter free. The TidyTowns adjudicator 2018 was also impressed with the sending being undertaken to provide suitable all-weather footpaths through the meadow. Congratulations to Dukesmeadows on their efforts and the receipt of their overall award in 2018 “
   

 

Annual Awards 2015

The KKB Annual Awards took place at Langton’s Hotel  on the 2nd November 2015.

Best Commercial floral display  

Commended:              Billy Byrnes,  John street

The Dylan, John street

Bollards, Kieran street

Winner             O’Lanagain, Rose Inn street

Most Improved Commercial Premises 

Commended:              Glendine Inn, Castlecomer Road

Smithwick’s Experience, Parliament Street

Zipyard , Irishtown

Winner             La Rivista, Parliament Street

Best Shop Front   

Commended:              Willoughby’s, High Street

Marble City Barbers, John Street

Bridie’s,  John Street

Winner –           Yesterdays, Patrick Street

Best Shop Signage    

Commended:              Lenehan’s, Castlecomer Rd.

Kilkenny Crafts, Rose Inn Street

Campion Dental, Watergate Street

Winner –           The Gift Horse, Rose Inn Street

attractive hand-painted shop front in prominent location, showing that the art of sign writing is still strong in Kilkenny”

Best Kilkenny Hospitality        Display   

Commended:              Mena House, Castlecomer Road

Kilkenny House Hotel,  Freshford Road

Winner             Fanad House, Bennettsbridge Road

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“once again this year a very attractive floral display provides a colourful welcome to our city’s visitors “

Best Commercial Centre    

Commended:              Market Cross Shopping Centre

“extensive upgrading and decoration of the exterior of the centre took place over the last year improving presentation to the City”

Winner             Aldi, Waterford Road

“Aldi sets a very high standard in relation to providing an  attractive landscaped surrounding to their store”

Heroes in our Community

“These awards are given to people from our community  who have shown leadership in their community over many years. It is through the quiet work of citizens in our community that strengthens our community spirit. The Heroes in our community awards  recipients for 2015   are…

Marty Bambrick

Phylis O’Rourke

Fitzpatrick perpetual shield for Community effort

“This award is in recognition  of  a group from  our  community in Kilkenny who have tackled the problems in their community in a positive hands on way. Whether it was litter picking, cleaning  and brushing;  painting railing and walls  and removal of Graffiti, trimming hedges, improving of the City  Slips or suburban roads or giving a helping  hand to Residents Associations, this group came out to work with the KKB and the Community.   This year’s winner of the Fitzpatrick Perpetual shield for Community Effort is the….

 “Kilkenny Presbyterian group”.

The Brendan Lawless Memorial Environmental award

In 2013 Kilkenny lost one of its most unique sons and a former Chairman of Keep Kilkenny Beautiful, Brendan Lawless. Brendan is remembered for his wonderful artistic skills and his one-off hand painted signs throughout the City. In memory of Brendan, the Keep Kilkenny Beautiful committee present commendations and the  2015  award to those  who have made a special effort in 2015 to Keep Kilkenny Beautiful.

Commendations:    

Switzers Trust,   Bennettsbridge Road                                                                              Attractive garden with  play spaces and  sitting area for historic  residential ensemble Breagagh House,  Kells Road                                                                                           Upkeep of  well maintained communal gardens                                                                   St Canice’s Cathedral                                                                                              Attractive new  interpretative signage for visitors                                                                    Butler Court, Patrick street                                                                                            Upkeep of   archway Access and  Laneway off the main street                                       St John’s Day Centre and residential units                                                                      Well kept premises with  inviting  colourful planting

Environmental Trophy Recipient  2015                      Rothe House and Gardens

“Rothe  House and gardens are very special and unique. The gardens received a special award from the Communities in Bloom judges in July 2015. The gardens were also finalists in the 2015 international awards of the Communities in Bloom competition in Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada where they got special mention and Kilkenny received  a 5 bloom award. Rothe house and Gardens are a worthy recipient of the Brendan Lawless Memorial environmental award 2015”

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Best all year round colour award 2015

This award is presented to city centre premises who  make a special  effort to have all year round planting floral colour. Whether it is winter or spring, autumn  or summer the following recipients worked throughout the year to provide an attractive colourful presentation at their premises.

Recipients:                  6 Patrick Street

The Parade House,  The Parade

Kytelers Inn, Rose Inn Street.

Kilkenny Tourist  Hostel, Parliament Street.

Hall of Fame Award

“The hall of Fame award is awarded in recognition of the contribution of citizens who have given their time and effort to the betterment of Kilkenny and the Tidy Towns movement.

This year’s award is granted to a person who has worked tirelessly for the improvement of Kilkenny city over many years.

The achievement of the Ibal three in a row overall award for Kilkenny and also the winning for a second time by Kilkenny of the National tidy towns award 2014 could not have been achieved without the efforts of many persons and in particular without the efforts of this year’s recipient who was Kilkenny Executive  Engineer until his retirement earlier in the autumn.   The Keep Kilkenny committee are honoured to present this year’s award  to”….

Kieran Fitzgerald.

Parish and City wide residential  Awards

Residential estate competition

The judging criteria for this competition included the following headings. The structure of the garden; Landscaping; Sustainable planting /year round planting; Annual planting/ flowers;  Overall impression.

  • Best Private Gardens, Highly commended, St. Canice’s Parish

Dun Angus,  Castlecomer road

Michael Kelly, Riverside villa, Riverside drive

Michael & Patricia Shortall,  3 Riverside Drive

Breda Slattery, 17 Meadow Hill

  • Best Private Gardens, Highly commended, St. John’s Parish

Ber Delaney,  6 Assumption Heights

Susanne Sheridan,  32 Glenbawn

Nuala and John Byrne,  16 Newpark Drive

Paul & Phyllis O’Callaghan,  5 Lintown Court

  • Best Private Gardens Highly Commended St. Mary’s Parish

Eileen Tynan 71 Old Callan road

Mary Reynolds, 10 St. Francis Terrace

Maureen Logan, 74 Dean Kavanagh place

149 St. Rioch’s St.

  • Best Private Gardens Highly commended, St. Patrick’s Parish

Denis Mulhall, 15  Noremount

Frank & Mary Blanch,  9 Cedarwood Close

Mary Lacey,  38 Riverview

Siobhan O’Keefe, 71 Larchfield

  • City Best overall private garden 2015 –  Runners up

Delaney Family, 40 Richview,  Castlecomer Road

Ray Mccawley, Hill View, Meadow Hill

9 Fr Delahunty Terrace, Old Callan Rd

  • City Best overall private garden 2015- Winner

Noel and Caroline Carroll,  36 Hazel Grove

“this garden forms an oasis to be enjoyed,  there is a variety of planting types and colours with a mixture of annuals and perennials. There is colour at ground level at medium level and in hanging baskets. The ensemble is  supplemented by paved areas and sculptures and is protected by evergreen hedging. “

number 36 Hazel Grove

Residential estate competition

The judging criteria for this competition included the following headings; The Built Environment and streetscape;   Landscaping;  Wildlife and Natural Amenities;  Tidiness & Litter Control;  Sustainable Waste and Resource Management; Overall impression.

Residential estates highly commended

  • Residential estate highly commended St. Patricks Parish

Deans Court, Waterford Road

Dukesmeadows, Bennettsbridge road

  • Residential estate highly commended St. Canices Parish

Sycamores & Aylesbury, Freshford Road

Broguemakers Hill, Greens Bridge

  • Residential estate highly commended St. Johns Parish

Richview, Castlecomer Road

Newpark Close

  • Residential estate highly commended St. Marys Parish

Dean Cavanagh Place

St. Francis Terrace

Section 4: Overall Awards

Best overall residential estates highly commended

  • Highly commended – larger residential estate

Lintown Hall

Robertshill, Circular Road

Talbot’s Inch Freshford Road

  • Highly commended – Best overall smaller, residential estate

Beechpark, Bennettsbridge road

Clarnwood, Freshford Road

Rose Hill Court, Circular Road

  • Winner – Best overall smaller residential estate in Kilkenny

Bishop Birch Place,  

“the judges were amazed by the extent of work which has been completed over the last number of years to improve the estate. There is a vibrant community. The judges found the area litter free. There are also very attractive individual houses with planted gardens and baskets and some are also  recycling water using water butts. There are many incidental planted areas, a pump and trough feature in the green space and an attractive wall planting to cover walls on the entrance road. There are many trees and a large green space. Congratulations to Bishop Birch place on their efforts and the receipt of their overall award in 2015 “

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Bishop Birch place 2

  • Winner – Best overall larger residential estate in Kilkenny

Melville Heights, Bennettsbridge Rd.,   

“Melville heights is located at an important entry point into the city at the Junction of the ring road and the Bennettsbridge road. There is an extensive sustainable planted bank at the entrance with many different flowers and shrubs. The estate looks after the roadside bank area which has rare orchid flowers. There are open spaces, planted areas, feature rockeries and extensive tree planting throughout the estate. In the last year there was also extensive bulb planting. The estate entrance sign bed has attractive year-round planting. It takes a lot of work to keep a large estate in such a good condition, the judges recognise the extensive efforts and work which has been undertaken on a voluntary basis by the estate, congratulations to Melville on their overall award for 2015 “

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  • Best Tidy Towns Parish in Kilkenny City in 2015

This award is an  initiative by the committee of Keep Kilkenny Beautiful to encourage each of the four City parishes to focus on community spirit  through well-kept neighbourhoods, painted buildings and positive community initiatives to maintain streets, estates, public spaces, gardens, community and religious sites in our City.

This award is not judged by local judges but the decision is based on the National Tidy towns adjudicators report which is available on tidytowns.ie. This award aims to encourage, support and foster greater environmental awareness at a parish community level throughout the City.

St  John’s Parish