Attractive St Johns church

When walking along John street you will come upon  the very attractive St Johns Church. The parishioners  summer flowering baskets have just been erected on the railings.  The grounds are a green  oasis  and the pollinator friendly border planting within the  grounds  is attractive and  colorful.

Kilkenny Cleaner than European Norms in IBAL 2022

Great news for Kilkenny city  and all who are  working to keep Kilkenny beautiful.  Kilkenny has again achieved Cleaner than European Norms in IBAL 2022 round 1.    (Irish Business against Litter).  See our  adjudicators report under.

Congratulations to Naas who have achieved  No. 1 in the current Judging.


Kilkenny: 8th out of 40 towns / cities surveyed. Cleaner than European Norms.
Kilkenny is consistently high-ranking and this takes a lot of work on the part of many within the community. All approach roads got the top litter grade, creating a positive first
impression. This high standard was maintained for many of the remaining sites surveyed, including the Train Station (Exterior and Interior), the Riverside Walk and Parliament Street – the latter scored well, despite plenty of activity within.

N712 Paulstown Approach Road: Grade A. This route presented very well, creating a positive first impression of Kilkenny with cycle paths, roadway and adjoining grasslands clear of litter. Kilkenny Train Station – Exterior: Grade A. A very welcoming environment with colourful planting and a virtual absence of litter throughout. The area could be further improved if cigarette butts weren’t allowed to gather at the base of the planted areas.
Kilkenny Train Station – Interior: Grade A. All aspects of the interior of the station were in pristinecondition e.g., seating, signage, litter bins, visitor information notices etc. There was a virtual absence of litter throughout.

Riverside Walk: Grade A. A wonderful riverside environment which is very well presented and maintained. Planted areas were in good order and the overall impression created was a very positive one.
Derelict buildings at ‘The Ring’ beside Rothe House: Grade A. There was a notable
improvement in the overall presentation and litter situation at one of these buildings. A new coat of paint has made a big difference here. This time around, there was minimal litter to be seen.

Recycle Facility at St. Canice’s; Grade B. Casually discarded litter / items associated with recycling took away from an otherwise freshly presented ‘Bring Facility’. This could easily be top ranking with a little extra care and attention.
Friary Bridge, by City Walls: Grade B. The most obvious litter items were sweet papers and plastic bags with lower levels of fast-food wrappers and cigarette butts.

Parliament Street: Grade A. This busy shopping street has scored very well with regard to litter. it is well served by litter bins and the overall presentation was a very good one.

Bennetsbridge Approach Road: Grade A. There was a complete absence of litter along the stretch of road surveyed. Grass boundaries had been carefully mown. It was an excellent site,overall.

Durrow Approach Road: Grade A. As with the other approach roads into Kilkenny, this was verymuch deserving of the top litter grade. It was well presented and immaculate throughout.


Our City rivers are a fantastic resource

What a fantastic  resource we have  through our City with the  River Nore and its wooded banks.  The spread of invasive species including Himalayan balsam and giant hog weed   within the river Nore corridor   through Kilkenny city  has been  been halted  and  our ongoing inspections and  management  has see a major decline in their occurrence. This has allowed the strong  re-establishment of native Irish riverside species of plants and shrubs which help to stablise the river banks.

Tea Houses on the Riverside Park

Kilkenny county council have recently completed the conservation of the two tea houses located on the river Nore adjacent to the Riverside Park in the centre of Kilkenny.

The gothic style tea houses  also known as  “pleasure houses ”   are of c 1800 construction making a picturesque impression  due to their  location overlooking the River Nore. The extensive works which  have taken place in the former brewery lands has facilitated the opening up the area with a new riverside walk adjacent to the tea houses.

There is an open day to view the newly completed conservation  work  on Monday, 30 May 2022 between 4:30 PM and 6:30 PM all are welcome.