Water Heritage Day

Celebrate Water heritage day  ( Sunday 25th August  9.30am)  meet at Canal Square!  All are welcome.  Bat Boyd chairman of KKB environmental sub committee and Pat Durkin of Birdwatch Ireland  Kilkenny  lead a  biodiversity walk along the river Nore. Experience the beautiful flora and fauna of the river Nore which flows to the centre of Kilkenny city. The results of the extensive removal of invasive weeds including Himalayan balsam will also be reviewed.

There is a lot of interest along the river bank  and will also review Alien Invasive Species, non natives, indigenous species and endangered species in the context of our riparian biodiversity. These  include the grey squirrel , mink, signal cray fish, mitten crab, and our most recent invasive water mold asphonomyces astaci ( white claw cray fish plague).

We will also talk about immediate threats from the mollusks kingdom Asian Clams and Zebra Mussels.

Plants to be reviewed include the  Impatiens glandulifera  not to be confused with our native Heracluem Sphondaelium ( cow parsley) and Heracleum mantegazzianum (giant hogweed).

We will also be looking at winter heliotrope and other invasive’s present from the Gonnera family. Non-natives but not invasive’s such as the sycamore , horse chestnut and rye grasses as well as native sedge’s.

It will be great fun hope to see you there Email us at mail@keepkilkennybeautiful.com  or ring  086-1075532 to be put on out text list  and to get further details of our environmental  actions and clean  ups.

European Win for Kilkenny

Congratulations to the Kilkenny based  Heritage Council’s Irish Walled Towns Network, winner of Europe’s biggest heritage award, the European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards 2013. Also Congrats to  Kilkenny Archaeology  through their work on Kilkenny’s city walls.

Kilkenny city

Above: Kilkenny City Skyline  with  St Mary’s church, City Hall and St Mary’s Cathedral

Under: View of St Canices Cathedral and the round tower in Kilkenny City

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Heritage open day at Kilkenny Castle

Heraldic Banners and flags of the Butler Family decorate the Castle. Copyright: Keep Kilkenny Beautiful

The 2012 Castle Heritage open day took place on the 11 March 2012. There was a large attendance at the Castle which was open without charge to the public. There were a number of exhibitions including a display of historic Kilkenny City documents  including the Liber Primus Kilkennieness 1231-1537, our city’s earliest book recording events of the Corporation of Kilkenny.

Traditional Horse drawn Coach in the Castle Park Copyright: Keep Kilkenny Beautiful