President Obama to visit Ireland

It was reported today that president Obama may visit Kilkenny during his official visit to Ireland in May 2011. On behalf of Kilkenny City the Keep kilkenny Beautiful Committee look forward to extending a warm welcome to President Obama.

Work is already underway in preparing Kilkenny for the 2011 National tidy Towns Competition. In 2010 kilkenny achieved a gold medal and was also awarded the title of Best large urban centre in the country.

A tomb in the historic St Canice’s Cathedral has the remains of Bishop John Kearney (c.1742–1813), who was Mr Obama’s great-great-great-granduncle. He became provost of Trinity College Dublin in 1799 and was bishop of Ossory 1806-1813. His home in Kilkenny was the historic Bishops palace which is located adjacent to the cathedral and still in use to day by the Heritage council.

New Year Greetings 2011

New year greetings for 2011 from the Keep Kilkenny Beautiful Committee!

We celebrate the success of  Kilkenny City,  Gold medal winner and also  National winner for large urban centre  in the National Tidy Towns Competition 2010.

The KKB have many projects and enhancements planned for Kilkenny in 2011.

Come and explore our City of Kilkenny in 2011. We look forward to your visit!

Sean Leahy

Chairman Keep Kilkenny Beautiful Committee

St. Canice's steps, Dean street, Kilkenny with St. Canice's Cathedral and historic round tower in the background.

Winter evening in Kilkenny

The recent heavy snow and crisp air  presents Kilkenny in a new light on the evening of the 2nd day of December 2010.  A pleasant walk  a dusk through the historic Irishtown, St Canice’s  and Black Abbey areas of the City!

Black Abbey

Kilkenny City walls and gate.

St Canice's Catholic church

St Canice's cathedral and the historic round tower has seen many snow covered winters over the centuries.

St Canices steps leading from Irishtown to the Cathedral

The marble city welcomes you this summer!

Kilkenny marble colours our City.

The historic Kilkenny courthouse which has recently been restored is located on Parliament street. Copyright: Keep Kilkenny Beautiful.

Saint John's Church, John street. Copyright: Keep Kilkenny Beautiful.

Kilkenny Castle from The Parade. Copyright: Keep Kilkenny Beautiful.

Saint Canice's Cathedral and the early christian round tower : Copyright: Keep Kilkenny Beautiful.

Kilkenny Castle faces the Castle Park. Copyright: Keep Kilkenny Beautiful.Rothe House, Parliament street. Copyright: Keep Kilkenny Beautiful.

City in Bloom 2010

There is flower power colour throughout Kilkenny City this summer.

Flower display on the historic city Parade. Copyright: Keep Kilkenny Beautiful

Flower Baskets provide colour on the railings of St. John's church, John st. Copyright: Keep Kilkenny Beautiful

Flower display on upper John street. Copyright: Keep Kilkenny Beautiful

Kilkenny Castle rose garden with view across of the round tower and Cathedral of St Canice in the distance Copyright: Keep Kilkenny Beautiful