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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.

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


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



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.


Larchfield Court ,
Cedarwood Close / Loughboy Park / Cedarwood Drive/ Cedarwood Avenue/ Cedarwood Crescent
Dean’s Court, ( off Waterford rd)
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)
Newpark Lawn
Glendine Heights/ Glendine Court
Lacken Drive, Dublin rd.
Bishop Birch Place
The Fairways
O’Loughlin Court
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
College court/Old Callan road
Rushbrook (off Kilcreen road)
Fr. Murphy Square
Fatima Place  
Joint runners up smaller residential  estates 2018 :  
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 :  
Sycamores – Aylesbury
Larger  estate overall winner 2018  



“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 “