Great launch of 2022 Kilkenny Yule fest, Santa arrives in cycle power chariot. The christmas market on the Parade is a great attraction!
Santa arrives into Kilkenny for the launch of Yulefest.
Keep Kilkenny Beautiful host its first ‘Energy Expo’
KKB have coordinated with Kilkenny Sustainable Energy Community the 2022 Kilkenny Energy Expo which is to take place 27th November 2022, 2-5pm at St. Canice’s Community Hall, Butts Green Kilkenny. All are welcome.
Keep Kilkenny Beautiful are running the first of what they hope we will be regular range of events, to help people learn about how to reduce energy bills and improve the comfort of our homes.
Earlier this year as part of their work on entering the Sustainable “Doing More with Less” category in the National Tidy Towns Competition, KKB set up the first Sustainable Energy Community in Kilkenny city. With support from the South East Energy Agency and mentor Therese Curran, KKB have launched the first ‘Energy Expo’ in Kilkenny, to help citizen learn how they can reduce their bills.
A number of our KKB volunteers, who have made changes themselves, had noticed how there was a lack of accurate information about retrofitting, EV’s and other measures that can really make a difference to the bills we all face. With the support of Keep Kilkenny Beautiful, the ‘Energy Expo’ was launched.
The aim of this event is help people discover on a practical basis how they can save on energy by availing of grants for insulation measures or solar panels. St Canice’s Credit Union will be on hand to explain how they can help customers to bridge any shortfall on the cost. Some citizens are entitled to a free energy upgrade and group members will be available to advise on how to apply.
There will be some providers of services at the event to advise people what can be done and what is involved in terms of the work and timelines. KKB Chairperson noted:-
“We will have people to chat to, who have first-hand experience taking some of these new steps, experts from SEAI to give a talk and information on how to set up your own SEC in order to avail of a free Community Energy Plan for your community”.
Come along for a chat and free information from fellow citizens about how to cut back on bills this winter on 27th Nov 2-5pm in St Canice’s Community Centre, Butts Green, Kilkenny.
Savour Kilkenny has been attracting many visitors notwithstanding the changeable weather this year. This is an official green festival through waste minimisation and also increasing environmental awareness for stall holders and the many visitors attending the festival this year. Stall holders as part of the Festival Green charter have pledged to minimise waste and reduce water and energy consumption.
Local apples are being pressed. there was great crop of fruit this year in Kilkenny
Congratulations to St Brigid’s camogie Club Kilmanagh who have volunteers to assist with Keeping Kilkenny Beautiful during the event
Bolt electric bikes are now available for rent through out our city
Congratulations to Trim on winning the overall award in 2022. KKB know the amount of work that is required to achieve this overall award and great credit is due to the hard-working Trim Tidy Towns committee for all their effort.
Kilkenny City received a fantastic mark of 362 a rise of 11 points on our 2021 result.Increases in points were received in community (+1), streetscape (+3), green spaces(+2), nature and diversity(+3), sustainability (+1), residential streets and housing areas ( +1).
KKB thank all from our city including Kilkenny county council, local residents associations, local businesses, our many voluntary organisations and of course our many volunteers who work together throughout the year and who have helped to contribute to this excellent result.
Link to adjudicators report for Kilkenny city on a new page Kilkenny report 2022
Under:- A view of our new Nore river side walk and tea house
A very successful Annual Awards took place at the Rivercourt Hotel on John street on the 18th October 2022. A large attendance celebrated the best of Kilkenny. Pat Boyd our Chairperson welcomed all. Our keynote speaker was Malcolm Noonan TD Minister of State – Department of Housing, Local Government & Heritage. Our theme was “Biodiversity at the heart of Climate Change”
Some of the large attendance.
The 2022 results were as follows:-
The Entrepreneur award : Kilkenny Cycle Tours
Hidden Gems award winners:-
Antoinette Quigley, Rioch St
Ms Gulnahar Qureshi, St Kieran’s Crescent
Delia Lowery, Nore Therapies, William St
James Lawlor, Glendine Heights
Lynch Family, Kennyswell Rd
Kilkenny Hero:- Pat O’Donnell
Fitzpatrick Shield for Community Effort:- St Johns Priory, John st.
Private garden pollinator award:- Judy & Jimmy Rhatigan, Riverside Drive
Community pollinator award:- Melville Heights, Bennettsbridge Road
Best Commercial Flower Display
Winner:- Langton’s, John Street Highly commended:- Biodecus, James Green
Most improved commercial premises
Winner:- Paris Texas, Mary’s Lane
Highly commended:- Lenehan’s Barrack St/Castlecomer Rd
Best Shop front
Winner:- Haven, John O’Connell’s Pharmacy. Rose Inn Street
Highly commended:- Iris, Parliament street
Winner:- Brennan’s Bottling Hall, Walkin Street
Highly commended:-Tynan’s Bridge House bar, Bateman Quay
Winner:- Newpark Hotel, Castlecomer road
Highly commended:-Fanad house, Bennettsbridge Road
Private Garden awards
Highly Commended :-
Heather & Pat Wood, Pearse St.
Liam McCormack, Greenfield Court
Mary & Noel Deevey, Riverside Drive
Pat & Michael Shortall, Riverside Drive
F Barry, Walkin street
Maurice Brennan, Glendine Heights
Una Thornton, Larchfield
John Lacey. Riverview
Ena Duffy, Fr Delahaunty Tce.
Joan O’Sullivan, Riverview
Dave Ryan, New Building Lane
Karen Bradley Monaghan, Fr Murphy Square
Catherine Duff, Glendine Heights
Joyce Nolan. Old Callan Rd.
Joe Maher, Edenvale Close
Noel Frawley, Cashel Avenue
Canice & Maura Hickey, Newpark Lower
John Butler, Glendine Heights
Mary Prendergast, Walkin street
Overall Winner:- Private Garden awards:- Tony Hayes, Glendine Heights
Runner Up :- Private Garden awards:- Brigid Breen, Dean Kavanagh Place
Residential Estates – Highly Commended:-
De la Salle place,
Best larger & smaller estates:-
Winner:- Old Newpark Winner:- Glendine Heights.
Runner up:- Robertshill Runner up:- St Kieran’s Crescent
Litter Pick Champion’s Award:- Kilkenny Lions Club
Most Sustainable Business Award:- The Cutting Veg, Ormonde street
Outdoor Education Award:- The Acorn Project – Maire Ni Braoinan
Sustainable Travel Activism Award:- Sean O’hArgain
Award for Excellence in Environmental Service
Kilkenny Co Co Streetscape maintenance crew
Kilkenny Street of the Year Award
“During 2022 Ormonde Street extensive upgrade undertaken by Kilkenny Co Co has excelled. The business premises on the street have also played their part in presenting an attractive newly upgraded city centre Street.”