Congratulation to all on the hard work undertaken by the National Enterprise Town Award committee who in turn were supported by many organisations and volunteers from through out our City, this included the Kilkenny PPN (Kilkenny Public Participation Network) and Keep Kilkenny Beautiful.
This is a fantastic achievement for Kilkenny, there were over 70 Communities in the running, Kilkenny were victorious in winning the overall prize at the Bank of Ireland National Enterprise Town Awards 2019 including a cash prize of €33,000.
This win is indicative of the hard work and dedication of many businesses and enterprises throughout the city but also our community spirit which is at the heart of everything we do. It is important that local enterprises and community groups are supported in their efforts to create jobs and a sustainable future for their communities.
Pictured representing Kilkenny at the 2019 Bank of Ireland National Enterprise Town Awards are Noel Sherry, Mary O’Hanlon, Maurice O’Connor (PPN Secretariat and Community Radio), Deirdre Dunne, Mayor Martin Brett, Marion Acreman, Colette Byrne, Fiona Deegan, Minister John Paul Phelan, John Hurley, Peter Chap Cleere, Cllr Deirdre Cullen, Deirdre Shine, Bank of Ireland, JJ Keyes, Head of Kilkenny, Bank of Ireland
There are over 80 resident areas and resident associations in Kilkenny City working to keep their areas clean and creating attractive areas to live. KKB support associations through out the year with advise and equipment as required.
Congratulations to Talbot’s Court residents were out in force this week to keep their area in top condition.
Kilkenny received the top spot in this 1st round for 2019.
A very big effort has been made throughout the first 6 months of 2019 to keep Kilkenny litter free and to improve our city’s presentation. There are regular KKB clean ups and improvement works which supplement the extensive work undertaken by Kilkenny Co Co , our many resident associations and local volunteers throughout Kilkenny.
We were thrilled that the bring bank at St Canices church car park was found by the adjudicator to be so much better following the renovation work undertaken by Kilkenny Co Co over the last few months. We have been monitoring this location on an ongoing basis as it is very heavily used and the recycle bins fill up quickly. KKB did a clean up in this area last Saturday and ongoing vigilance is required.
The Judges also found the Kells road R697, Dublin road R712 and also the N10 motorway link road in good condition, all of which are regularly checked by KKB to keep them in good condition.
Kilkenny county council must be congratulated for their work on Parliament street and the other street improvements underway currently.
During 2019 many premises in the City have redecorated their buildings. Keep Kilkenny Beautiful continue to encourage premises owners to maintain and decorate the premises.
For anyone who wishes to assist with volunteering they can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org see our website at keepkilkennybeautiful.com or call our secretary at 086-1687553
An Taisce Report – IBAL Anti-Litter League, Round 1, 2019
Kilkenny: 1st out of 40 Towns / Cities Surveyed. Cleaner than European Norms.
Kilkenny returns to a place it has been many times – the top of the IBAL table. The entire area was pristine but some top-ranking sites deserve special mention. The Pedestrian Bridge / River Bank was a lovely riverside environment which was wonderfully presented and maintained. Parliament Street was attractively laid out and scored very well with regard to litter. Market Cross (Pedestrianised shopping mall) was very fresh in terms of presentation and litter. The design of the ‘Bring Bank’ at St. Canice’s was such that there were few opportunities for ‘stuffing’ items between, beneath and behind the recycle units.
R712 Approach Road: Grade A. A well presented route, creating a positive first impression of Kilkenny. Road surface, signage and markings were in good order and it scored well with regard to litter.
Kilkenny Train Station – Exterior: Grade A. The exterior of the train station presented well with flower beds and built environment in good order. It got the top litter grade, but only just. Cigarette butts were noticeable in the flower beds – this needs to be addressed to prevent further build-up. The remainder of the area was very good.
Kilkenny Train Station – Interior: Grade A. All aspects of the interior of the station were in very good condition and fresh in appearance e.g. tiled flooring, seating, bins and signage. There was a complete absence of litter. The industrial ‘blue’ bin was very full / overflowing, potentially causing a litter situation.
Pedestrian Bridge / River Bank: Grade A. This riverside environment has been wonderfully presented and maintained. Grass banks, paving, bin, life-belt, etc. were in very good condition. There was a virtual absence of litter throughout the area surveyed.
Parliament Street: Grade A. As a main shopping street this was beautifully laid out with attractive paving and seating creating an opportunity for relaxing. The overall impression created along Parliament Street was a positive one with regard to presentation and litter. It is very well served by litter bins.
Vacant site – formerly Cheri Lee: Grade A. (on Parliament Street, opposite New Building Lane) This red brick mid-terrace building is no longer operating. It got the top litter grade, but only just, with a virtual absence of litter. It could easily slide to a littered status. The paint / woodwork were decaying.
‘Bring Centre’ at St. Canice’s: Grade A. The design / layout of this facility presents very well, leaving little opportunity for the ‘stuffing’ of items that so regularly happens elsewhere throughout the country. Overall, it was very much deserving of the top litter grade.
Market Cross, Shopping Mall: Grade A.The paving at this pedestrianised shopping area created an artistic effect and the area was enhanced by some large planter boxes. All aspects of the area surveyed were in very good order e.g. seating, bins, planted areas, signage etc.. It was excellent with regard to litter.
R697 Approach Road: Grade A. There was a complete absence of litter along this stretch of road.
M9 – N10 Link Road to Carlow: Grade A. The overall impression created along this route was a clean one with no visible litter issues.
Community in action, the big Hello with KKB highlighting the wonderful riverside walks in Kilkenny, a great day was had at Riverside /entrance to the riverside Nore walk. The event was sweetened by great cakes from Cakeface cafe, and washed down with tea, coffee and chat. KKB reuseable cups were also showcased. All the faithful dogs being walked were not forgotten about with treats also being enjoyed. The message is to protect the environment, Keep Kilkenny Beautiful and collect after your dog.
Kilkenny comes out on top ! Congratulation to all who worked to achieve this important award. We are national Foodie Destination 2018 winner. This confirms what we already know and enjoy here in Kilkenny. The choice, quality and range of food venues through out our City is fantastic. why not come and enjoy?
There was a large attendance at the Keep Kilkenny Beautiful awards 2017 took place on the 7th November.
Keep Kilkenny Beautiful awards 2017 results
Best commercial floral display
O’Lanagain, Rose Inn St.
Rafter Dempsey’s, Friary St.
Rothe House Parliament St.
Bollard’s public house, Kieran St.
Flowering baskets and attractive seating area
Most improved commercial premises
Mullen’s Butchers, Friary St.
Cake face, Irishtown
Glanbia House, Ring road, Kilkenny
Kilkenny Inn Hotel, Vicar St.
Nice new outside seating area complemented with colourful planting
Best shop front
D&R Antiques, Rose Inn St.
Langton’s Hotel, John St.
The Dylan, John St.
Red painted traditional shop front with hanging baskets
Best shop signage
Glendine Inn, Castlecomer Rd.
Kilkenny Crafts, Rose Inn St.
The Butterslip shop, Rose Inn St. / Kieran St.
Attractive painted shop front and window display.
Best Kilkenny Hospitality
Fanad House, Bennettsbridge Rd.,
Hibernian Hotel, Patrick St.,
Springhill Court Hotel, Waterford Rd.,
Attractive outside seating area with attractive floral displays
Best Commercial centre
Newpark shopping centre
Market Cross shopping centre
McDonald’s, Hebron Rd.,
McDonagh Junction shopping centre.
Aldi Waterford rd.,
Imaginative planting following their recent upgrade, the national tidy towns adjudicator also noted “we were most impressed by the planting scheme at and adjacent to Aldi, the judge also said that this is the best supermarket planting we personally have seen”
Commendation For evening shop displays,
Presenting attractive shop front display in the evening.
Gift Horse, Rose Inn St.
Goods, High St.
Heroes in our Community Award
Regular Clean ups in the Loughboy area
Regular Clean ups in the Waterford rd. area.
The Brendan Lawless Memorial Award
Medieval Mile Museum, Mary’s Lane,
” This award is for the attractive restoration of St Mary’s church as the Medieval Mile Museum. The national tidy towns judge stated in the 2017 adjudication report “You have a fantastic built environment which you take care of very well. Your Medieval Mile is looking splendid…. We loved the work carried out to St. Mary’s in true conservation manner and housing all those wonderful artefacts, heretofore hidden in storage, and putting them on display for the public to see is excellent. “
Hidden gems award
Andrea O’Farrell, Tilbury place,
The judges were impressed with this little gem. Making great use of a very small front yard area and bringing life to the laneway. There are fruit plants, flowers, seating area, clothes line, seat, place for bins and toys.
Rinuccini’s, The Parade
For creative vegetable garden behind the railings to front of building.
Tourist hostel, Parliament street
The vertical wall of colour produced on this narrow frontage impressed the judges, the planting is updated during the year and gives a colourful welcome to passers-by and visitors to the Hostel
Hall of Fame Award
This hall of Fame award is awarded in recognition of the contribution of a citizen who has selflessly given of her time and effort for the betterment of Kilkenny City and the Tidy Towns movement over many years. Always involved, meeting, greeting, coaxing and cajoling, seeking to get the best for Kilkenny City, Keep Kilkenny Beautiful are honoured to present this year’s award to Elaine Bradshaw.
PRIVATE GARDENS HIGHLY COMMENDED
ST CANICE’S PARISH
Ber Brennan, Parkview Freshford Rd.
Breda Slattery, Meadow Hill
Pat Shortall, Riverside Drive
Martin Cleere, Connolly St.
Nuala Crotty, Dun Angus, Castlecomer Road
PRIVATE GARDENS HIGHLY COMMENDED ST JOHN’S PARISH
Nuala Byrne, Rosemount, Newpark Drive
Canice and Maura Hickey, Newpark
Mary Nolan, Lacken Drive
PRIVATE GARDENS HIGHLY COMMENDED ST MARY’S PARISH
Pauleen Phelan, Dean Kavanagh Place
Maureen Logan, Dean Kavanagh Place
Teresa and Noel Devlin, Circular road
PRIVATE GARDENS HIGHLY COMMENDED ST PATRICK’S PARISH
Ann Mullhall, Noremount
Edward Bourke, Cypress Avenue
Caroline & Noel Carroll, Hazel Grove
Mary and John Cahill, Westfield
Joan Murray, Fr. Hayden road
CITY- BEST OVERALL PRIVATE GARDEN 2016
Mary Deevy, Riverside Drive
Joan O’Sullivan, Riverview
BEST OVERALL PRIVATE GARDEN 2017
Toni Hayes, Glendine Heights
RESIDENTIAL ESTATE HIGHLY COMMENDED ST PATRICK’S PARISH
RESIDENTIAL ESTATE HIGHLY COMMENDED ST CANICE’S PARISH
RESIDENTIAL ESTATE HIGHLY COMMENDED ST JOHN’S PARISH
RESIDENTIAL ESTATE HIGHLY COMMENDED ST MARY’S PARISH
Rose Hill Court
Old Callan road
BEST OVERALL RESIDENTIAL ESTATES 2017
2017 Smaller estate
“the judges were impressed with the care taken by this small community to look after their estate. The small green space at the rear is neatly looked after with colourful flowers at the base of the trees. The 2017 national tidy towns adjudication report also noted the estate and in particular mentioned the rose planting at the entrance ”… The lovely rose bed at the entrance to the Tennis club was admired” .. Congratulations to Beech Park, on their efforts and the receipt of their overall award in 2017 “
2017 Larger estate
“the judges were amazed by the extent of work which has been completed over the last number of years to improve this large estate. The judges were very impressed by the lake and all of the wildlife, the fruit trees, wild flower planting, colourful flower area and also the composting area. The judges found the estate litter free. Congratulations to Lakeside on their efforts and the receipt of their overall award in 2017 “
Kilkenny City Harriers and KKB successfully completed the City wide litter pick challenge! It was a good day for all. see also Facebook Kilkenny City Harriers