Congratulations to all who came out to work on the balsam removal campaign 2019, there will be further regular evenings during May, June and July. The programme has been extremely successful with almost total removal of balsam throughout the city from Talbot’s inch to Ossory Bridge. The areas previously cleared will also be checked for any new growth and the 2019 campaign is to extend the area cleared to the south-east of Ossory bridge. Congratulations to all who have taken part so far this year. To take part, please contact us and also monitor our events page. Balsam is an invasive species and it’s removal encourages the growth of native species of plants along the riverbank.
Congratulations to Turas Nua and KKB volunteers for all the hard work undertaken Keeping Kilkenny Beautiful. Work included weeding, mulching and maintenance of sustainable planting on the Sion Road and also undertaking removal of invasive Himalayan balsam along the river Nore adjacent to Ossory Bridge.
Many hands make light work!
You can also join the many volunteers, clubs and local businesses who are working to keep Kilkenny beautiful.! See our events page to join and be part of the environmental actions being undertaken to Keep Kilkenny Beautiful.
Over the last number of weeks we have seen the river Nore rise and rise. The Nore still quite a wild river with many tree-lined natural banks. When the river rises the floodplains turn into lakes. Trees along the riverbank where undermined and weakened are washed down the river. The City boardwalk was just above the flood level.
Not a time for swimming as the wild river Nore washes whole trees and their roots down the river
With the water at such a high level the newly completed mural at Ossory bridge looks like it is swimming in the river.
The river boardwalk between Ossory bridge and the City centre is just above the flood level
Our city has had many creative and fantastic murals. These are generally commissioned for specific locations by Kilkenny Co Co, local businesses and voluntary groups and also by Keep Kilkenny Beautiful. Repairs and cleaning of important murals is also undertake as required. This work in conjunction with a “spray it over” and “clean it off” policy has meant that Kilkenny has a very low level of graffitti through out our city.
Ossory bridge mural recently completed.
Repairs to Ossory Bridge Mural being undertaken Summer 2017
Closh Summer youth Group Project “one human family”
Fantastic mural on Ossory bridge newly completed this summer. The large scale the Mural works well with the well used pedestrian Bridge at this location.
Bahai Youth Group with members from all over europe worked to Keep Kilkenny Beautiful this summer. What a great way to work with the community!
Work under way at the Closh!
New mural at Peace Park facing the river Nore. The newly completed mural complements the colourful Peace Park wild flower planting.
Newly repaired St Mary’s Lane Duck, thank you to Paris Texas for comissioning the work!
"You Think" Youth Group from Ossory Youth, Painting a site hoarding: Copyright: Keep Kilkenny Beautiful.
The KKB have received considerable help from Ossory Youth and their “You Think” Youth group. The current project includes the painting of hoardings on a derelict site located at Walkin street. This will improve the environment for the residents in the area. The group has a strong interest on what is going on in Kilkenny. They have a motto of “Think, Talk, Do”. the group is lead by Patrick Bookle Youth Leader.
"You Think" Youth Group from Ossory Youth lead by Patrick Bookle Youth Leader with Sean Leahy, Chairman KKB : Copyright: Keep Kilkenny Beautiful.
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.