It is pleasant to visit Kilkenny on these warm summer days!
Ducks on Newpark Marsh – click to view
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.
Thanks to all the volunteers who came out to clean up st Patrick’s historic graveyard. the works included trimming back bushes and weeding the gravel path that meanders through the graveyard. the NIAH notes “A picturesque graveyard containing a collection of markers of artistic design significance exhibiting high quality stone masonry. A number of markers dating to the late seventeenth century represent an important element of the archaeological heritage of Kilkenny while serving as a reminder of the mass house, later a Catholic chapel that existed on site until the late eighteenth century”
For further information on the many historic grave stones within the grave yard see link- click here Kilkenny Archaeological society
The 2021 CBS Green schools committee was introduced to the Kilkenny citizen science small stream macro invertebrate monitoring scheme at the river Breagagh this September. Ann Phelan regional coordinator of LAWPRO, Green schools TY coordinator Peter Mulhall, Pat Boyd chairperson KKB and Tom Turley of KKB.
The Kilkenny cityCitizen science invertebrate monitoring scheme has been undertaken over the last two years with baseline information already in place. It is therefore possible to monitor water quality on an ongoing basis.