The Kilkenny 2023 social seed swap takes place on the 25th Mardh 2023 at the Home rule Club, John’s Quay at 8pm. All are welcome!
Category Archives: Sustainability
Kilkenny Goes Green for St Patrick’s day
KKB & St Patrick’s Parade 2023
What a wonderful day for Kilkenny. What a great parade!
Fantastic day. Despite the weather there was so much good spirits and camaraderie. So many kids along the route saying to their parents they had Picker Pals in their school.
A thank you to Picker Pals working to raise awareness of Keep Kilkenny Beautiful .
Thank you so much the to fantastic volunteers and their children that made the effort to come out in the bad weather and showed how tough we are and how determined to Keep Kilkenny Beautiful
you are all amazing
IBAL – Kilkenny City Joint 2nd in 2022
A fantastic result for Kilkenny City in 2022. This is a reflection on the tremendous work undertaken by our volunteers, our community, our businesses and Kilkenny CoCo. Congratulations also to Naas who took the No. 1 position in 2022.
An Taisce Report – IBAL Anti-Litter League, Survey 2, 2022
Kilkenny: Joint 2nd out of 40 towns / cities surveyed. Cleaner than European Norms.
Kilkenny is no stranger to high placement in IBAL litter league and this time around it has scored particularly well with nine out of the ten sites surveyed getting the top litter grade. Examples included the approach roads, Kilkenny Train Station (Exterior and Interior), the Main Street / Parliament Street and Market Cross Shopping Centre – there was lovely paving at the latter. The only blemish was the Recycle Bank at St. Canice’s, which was moderately littered.
N10 Approach Road: Grade A. Road surface / markings / signage were in very good order and the overall impression was of a very well presented and maintained route with no litter issues of note.
Kilkenny Train Station – Exterior: Grade A. The overall impression here as a very positive one with paving to the front of the station creating a very fresh impression. There was minimal litter, just some loose food related items and cigarette butts in the shrubs of the bushes in the garden patch and at the base of the litter bins.
Kilkenny Train Station – Interior: Grade A. A sparkling interior with spotless floor tiles, seating, litter bins and visitor information notices in very good order.
River Bank: Grade A. A lovely riverside environment which was very well presented and maintained. The pedestrian bridge was spotless. There was a virtual absence of litter along the grassy banks and associated pathways.
Derelict building by Evans Lane: Grade A. Clearly a careful eye is kept on the tall building as there was no litter directly associated with it.
Recycle Bank, St. Canice’s: Grade B. The recycle units and signage associated with the use of same were freshly presented and in good order. It wasn’t just loose litter, but items had been very deliberately discarded by the units.
Market Cross Shopping Centre: Grade A. The paving of this outdoor shopping environment was particularly attractive and creates a great impression. It was a very freshly presented and clean environment.
Main Street / Parliament Street: Grade A. This was characterised by lovely paving, planter boxes, wooden seating, stainless steel bicycle parking and some attractively presented shop-fronts. There was a virtual absence of litter throughout.
696 Freshford Approach Road: Grade A. All aspects of the area surveyed were in good order – there was no visible litter throughout.
R712 Approach Road: Grade A. (by Leggetsrath Bus. Park) A wide stretch of road with lovely tree planting along both sides. It was excellent with regard to litter, creating a very positive first impression of Kilkenny – this very high standard was sustained for all the remaining sites surveyed
Energy Expo 2022
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 2022
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
Keep Kilkenny Beautiful Awards 2022
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.”