About us

On behalf of Keep Kilkenny Beautiful we are delighted to welcome you to our website.
Cead mile failte. We hope you get a good taste of what Kilkenny offers its citizens and
visitors alike.

We are thrilled to be emerging from  the pandemic and our many volunteers  now in full swing again encouraging our communities to get Kilkenny looking its best and embracing the many challenges that confront us , every one working together for the good of all the community.

Taking part in the National Tidy towns competitions  has given Kilkenny City the opportunity to show how committed we are in combating the global threats of Climate change and Biodiversity loss at a local level. This was evidenced on 11th July 2021
when we launched the 8000 Tree Climate Change and Biodiversity Challenge project & when we created a double truce event, commemorating Truce Day in The War of Independence and declaring a New Truce, Our Truce with Nature.

During the pandemic we learned just how important access to nature and a healthy environment is for everyone and how blessed we are to have so many quality outdoor amenity areas on our doorstep.

KKB are fully aware of this and many of our projects are about enhancing these areas and creating access to nature for all and in particular those in our communities who benefit most from access to nature as is demonstrated in our Fuchsia Biodiversity Well-being Project.

We are also very pleased  to have  the return of our own annual  tidy towns award night where we acknowledge the actions and achievements of our many communities, local authorities, business partners and the many individual champions who are taking positive action to make Kilkenny a more sustainable and beautiful place for people to
live and visit.

We are open to all and new members are welcome, why not contact us and become part of our fantastic voluntary team here in Kilkenny city. We  hope you enjoy your visit to our  website.  See also our Keep Kilkenny Beautiful  facebook pages.



AGM 11 January  2024 elected the following officers for 2024-25.

  • Chairperson                                               Maria Dollard
  • Hon Secretary                                          Regina Byrne
  • Hon Treasurer                                          Stuart Day
  • Communities & Special Projects officer  Pat Boyd


Keep Kilkenny Beautiful Committee (KKB) founded in 1980, is part of a vibrant City community.  The Committee works in partnership with the City’s citizens, Local Authority and County manager, Businesses and  Voluntary bodies, enhancing our City and creating a wonderful place to live.

Kilkenny has been  overall National Tidy Towns winner  twice, initially   in 1985 and again in 2014.

Kilkenny  City is winner of  many National and Regional awards including,   Large town and Large Urban Centre category and also Gold medal status in the National Tidy Towns  competition for many years.

Since 2010 our Major Awards have included;

 –    Overall winner:  National tidy towns  awards 1985 & 2014

–    Overall winner:  National overall Irish Business Against Litter (Ibal) award  2012 2013, 2014 . (three in a row) and again in 2019.  Also  national winner again  autumn 2020

–     National Tidy towns Gold Medal winners      2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, (2022 no awards  due to Covid), 2021, 2022, 2023

 –    Overall winner : National Tidy Towns winner   south east region award in 2013, 2014, 2018 and 2023

 –   Overall winner : National Tidy Towns  award of “Large Urban Centre” in 2010,  2011 and 2014.

–   Tourism towns overall national winner 2013 and  short list award winner in 2012, 2014 and 2015

–   National representative in the Communities in Bloom International Challenge competition  2015,  Kamloops, Canada.   Recipient of 5 Blooms Bronze.

Other important awards received  include:

  • All Ireland Pollinator Plan local authority pollinator award under the large town category for the south-east of Ireland 2019.
  • National runner-up award under sustainable development for the River Nore walk 2019
  • The Academy of Urbanism’s European great Town award  for  Kilkenny in 2008.
  • The Best Urban Park award for our river Nore Linear Park 2008.
  • National Tidy Towns  Landscaping award for Rothe House  garden in 2008
  • Newpark Marsh  was awarded the top award in the ESB/CVI Community Environmental awards 2001 and the Marsh was also a national winner for Wildlife in the Tidy Towns Competition 2002.

Picture under:  City Hall on High street. Copyright: Keep Kilkenny Beautiful

The KKB develops an  annual programme, marrying the historic with the modern, reinforcing the city spirit. New members are always welcome! Come and have the time of your life!

Pictures under:  under: St Mary’s Cathedral:  and: Castle Park. Copyright: Keep Kilkenny Beautiful

If you would like to use one of our pictures, please contact mail@keepkilkennybeautiful.com or  or via facebook   click here to link to KKB facebook page