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
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.
OFFICERS OF KKB
AGM 24 November 2022 elected the following officers for 2022-23.
- Chairperson Maria Dollard
- Hon Secretary Regina Byrne
- Hon Treasurer Stuart Day
- Biodiversity officer Carmel Brennan
- PRO Aidan Fitzpatrick
- 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.
– Overall winner : National Tidy Towns winner south east region award in 2013, 2014 and 2018
– 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!
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