Poop off our pavements!

Congratulations to all who took part in  our poop off our pavements promotional   on the Canal Walk and at McDonagh Junction shopping centre.  KKB had a great time meeting all of the dog owners and their wonderful dogs. It is great to see that all  want a wonderful environment to walk in Kilkenny City  with  their dogs and  that they support the scooping of poop to Keep Kilkenny Beautiful.

A handy poop bag holder was also distributed as were poop off our pavement stickers and sustainable poop bags.

A number of talking lampposts have also appeared along the main walks through out Kilkenny  to  reminding all regarding the need to scoop the poop and Keep Kilkenny Beautiful for all.

Nore Dragon Paddlers Collecting Litter and international Awards!

Nore Dragon Paddlers overall European Environmental Award

On the 16th of October, the Nore Dragon Paddlers were awarded a “Hero’s in the Community Award” from Keep Kilkenny Beautiful for their  continuous environmental contribution on the river Nore along with the Kilkenny Aqua Canoe Club, KACC.

This involved regular litter picks on the river whilst out on the water . As a result of this great achievement, the president of the Irish Dragon Boat Association, Julie Doyle, nominated the Nore Dragon Paddlers  for the Environmental Award at the European Dragon Boat Federation Forum (30th of November – 2nd of December )  in Seville, Spain. We are delighted to announce that not only did the Nore Dragon Paddlers make the final, but they  actually won the award!

The award ceremony was held on Saturday 1st November in Seville and was attended by representatives of the dragon boat community from 16 Nations including Ireland.

Paddlers launch on to the river Nore

Congratulations to the Paddlers for their international success and working with our community to  improve the environment in a sustainable way.

On the water!

 

 

Tidy Towns South East Awards 2018

Keep Kilkenny Beautiful welcomes all  South East winners to Kilkenny on  Tuesday 6th November to the Spring Hill Court Hotel, Waterford rd. located just off the City ring road on the Waterford road.

For information on the location of Hotel  click here (to Google maps).

for information  on Hotel  click here for hotel website

Springhill Court Hotel

Spring Hill Court Hotel

Great weather to savour a green sustainable Kilkenny

Savour Kilkenny has introduced new green initiatives to  minimise the  environmental impact of the festival with  waste minimisation and also raising  environmental awareness for stall holders and visitors. This includes food waste bins,  (for  cooked /  raw food) in addition general waste bins, compostable packaging, cardboard and newspaper. Reusable shopping bags are also available. This green initiative will divert food waste from landfill and instead the waste will be composted and converted into a usable product. Kilkenny CoCo  and  Savour encourage festival goers to separate their waste into compostable and general waste. visitors can refill their water bottles at provided water points  reducing the need for plastic bottled water.  Visitors are encouraged to  walk, cycle, car pool to get to events which are mostly centered on the City area within easy access.

Click here for further information (Kilkenny Co Co)

Why not Savour Kilkenny City

Savour Kilkenny City during the Halloween Bank Holiday Break. There is plenty to see!

St Johns Church, John Street,  the bee friendly wildlife garden is to the side developed as part of the all Ireland pollinator plan.

John Street:- Street of the year award 2018

John street wins Street of the Year award. 

The judges were impressed with the variety of shop types and businesses, the many excellently painted shopfronts and buildings, the range of flowers, planters and the overall impression was very positive.

Congratulations to John Street as winner of the 2018 Kilkenny street of the year


Commercial Awards 2018

Tynans Bridge House:- Best commercial floral display.                                                                                    Attractive composition of flowers complementing the historic Pub front  which can be viewed from John’s Bridge.

Syd Harkins :-Best shop signage.                                                                                                                             Well maintained Public house  with attractive signage and complementary art work  located on prominent corner site leading to St Mary’s Lane and the Medieval Museum

Sceilp Inn:- Best shop front.                                                                                                                            Attractive traditional public house on main entry point into Kilkenny City with appropriate  signage and  flower boxes.

Loughboy shopping centre:-Best commercial centre.                                                                              Following their recent upgrade the premises has been provided with  attractive new  building and paving  finishes, planted trees and street furniture. This includes  spaces for bicycles  near the entrance which are well used. The 2018 TidyTowns adjudicator also commented on the high standard that the bring bank area is kept

Fanad house:-Best Kilkenny hospitality.                                                                                                      Attractive display  to welcome visitors to Kilkenny

Brannigans:- Most improved commercial premises                                                                                  Upgrading and extension to existing substantial warehouse buildings with sensitively designed coloured external wall cladding and projecting trims presenting a clean modern  development on an important approach road into Kilkenny City

 

 

 

Annual Kilkenny City Awards 2018

Keep Kilkenny Beautiful Awards 2018  –   Results

Awards evening took  place at Springhill Court Hotel 

Tue. 16th  October  2018

Keep Kilkenny beautiful Awards 2018 Results

 

 
Best commercial floral display  
Highly commended  
   
Bollard’s,  Kieran St.
Kytler’s Inn, Kieran St.
Rafter Dempsey’s,  Friary St.
Topaz service Station, College Rd.
John Joe Cullen, John St.
Rothe House, Parliament  St.
Winner  
Tynan’s Bridge House

Attractive composition of flowers complementing the historic Pub front  which can be viewed from John’s Bridge.

 
Most improved commercial premises  
Highly commended  
Front Room Bar, John St.
Egan’s Pub, John St.
Grapevine, Rose Inn St.
Molly’s Cafe, John St.
Winner  
Brannigan’s Warehousing.

 

Upgrading and extension to existing substantial warehouse buildings with sensitively designed coloured external wall cladding and projecting trims presenting a clean modern  development on an important approach road into Kilkenny City

 
Best shop front  
Highly commended  
Billy Byrnes, John St.
Lenehan’s, Barrack St.
Andrew Ryan, Friary St.
Winner  
Sceilp Inn, College Rd.,

Attractive traditional public house on main entry point into Kilkenny City with appropriate  signage and  flower boxes.

 
Best shop signage  
Highly commended  
Marchioness Boutique, Parliament St.
Yesterday’s, Patrick St.
John Cleere’s public house, Parliament St.
JB Burke Public House, Dublin Rd.
Winner  
Syd Harkin’s, Rose Inn St.

Well maintained Public house  with attractive signage and complementary art work  located on prominent corner site leading to St Mary’s Lane and the Medieval Museum

 
Best Kilkenny hospitality  
Hibernian Hotel, Patrick St.,
Kilkenny Inn Hotel, Vicar St.
Mena House,  Castlecomer Rd.
Springhill Court Hotel, Waterford Rd.
Winner  
Fanad House, Bennettsbridge Rd.,

Attractive display  to welcome visitors to Kilkenny

 
Best commercial centre  
Highly commended  
Flower Power, Carlow Rd.,
Market Cross shopping centre

We also note that the 2018TidyTowns adjudicator remarked on the attractive umbrella presentation in the shopping centre access from High street.

Winner  
Loughboy shopping centre

 

Following their recent upgrade the premises has been provided with  attractive new  building and paving  finishes, planted trees and street furniture. This includes  spaces for bicycles  near the entrance which are well used. The 2018 TidyTowns adjudicator also commented on the high standard that the bring bank area is kept.

Commendation for evening shop display,

 

 
Cake Face, Irishtown

 Presenting attractive shop front display in the evening.

Left Bank, Patrick St./The Parade, 

Creative use of facade lighting in the evening brings out the best in this important land-mark building in the centre of Kilkenny.

Commendation for sustainability  
Kilkenny Ghost  Tours

Providing  a very sustainable walking   tour of our City

Commendation for year round colour and welcome  
McDonagh Railway Station

Providing  a wonderful first impression  on arrival  for visitors to Kilkenny

Tourist Hostel,  Parliament St.

Providing  a colourful  year round floral welcome.

Special Awards – Hidden gems 2018  
Fragola Cafe,  William St.   

For providing character  and  colour  on William street.

Lynch Family, Kennyswell Rd.

For special effort in providing a colourful display and care of adjacent green space which is prominent seen  from the Butts roundabout and bridge.

Kilkenny street of the year

 2018

 
John St.

Accepted by St John’s  on behalf of the street

Heroes in our Community Award  
Kilkenny Aqua Canoe Club

Nore Dragon Paddlers

Kilkenny Lion’s Club

Kilkenny Sub Aqua Club

State Street Bank

 

We honour their  commitment to Keeping Kilkenny Beautiful right through the year! 

   
Fitzpatrick Perpetual Shield for Community Effort                       
War  Memorial,  Peace Park
   
The Brendan Lawless Memorial Award  
Famine Memorial   McDonagh Junction

 

   
   
PRIVATE GARDENS 2018

This element was cancelled for 2018 due to the hose pipe ban, the requirement to save water  and  the unprecedented  extreme drought conditions  during the summer.

The private gardens competition will resume in 2019.

 

 
RESIDENTIAL ESTATE  HIGHLY COMMENDED  
   
ST PATRICK’S PARISH (Area A)  
   
Larchfield Court ,
Cedarwood Close / Loughboy Park / Cedarwood Drive/ Cedarwood Avenue/ Cedarwood Crescent
Dean’s Court, ( off Waterford rd)
ST PATRICK’S PARISH (Area B)  
College Square, (off College Road)
Cashel Downs ,( off  Waterford Road)
Maiden Hill (off Kells road)
Rose Hill  (off Kells road)
St Fiacre’s Place,  (off Nuncio road)
ST JOHN’S PARISH  (Area A)  
Richview
Newpark Lawn
Glendine Heights/ Glendine Court
Lacken Drive, Dublin rd.
ST JOHN’S PARISH  (Area B)  
Bishop Birch Place
The Fairways
O’Loughlin Court
ST CANICE’S  PARISH  
Talbot’s Inch (off Freshford rd)
Parkview/Park View Drive
Clarnwood (off Freshford rd)
Talbot’s Grove /Talbot’s Gate (off Freshford rd)
Ayrfield (off Granges road)
St Maul’s
Broguemakers hill
ST MARY’S  PARISH  
College court/Old Callan road
Rushbrook (off Kilcreen road)
Fr. Murphy Square
Fatima Place  
 
BEST OVERALL RESIDENTIAL ESTATES  2018  
   
Joint runners up smaller residential  estates 2018 :  
Ashurst
Rose Hill Court
 
Smaller  residential  estate overall winner 2018  
 

De La Salle Place

the judges were impressed with the care taken by this small community to look after their estate. The small green space is neatly looked after with colourful flowers and perennial planting with trees. Congratulations to De la Salle Place, on their efforts and the receipt of their overall smaller estate award in 2018

 

 
 
Joint runners up larger estates 2018 :  
Lakeside
Sycamores – Aylesbury
   
Larger  estate overall winner 2018  
 

Dukesmeadows

 

“The judges were amazed by the extent of work which has been completed over the last number of years to improve this estate. The judges were very impressed by the large meadow, variety of trees, the fruit trees, wild flower planting,  colourful flower area and also the composting area. The judges found the estate litter free. The TidyTowns adjudicator 2018 was also impressed with the sending being undertaken to provide suitable all-weather footpaths through the meadow. Congratulations to Dukesmeadows on their efforts and the receipt of their overall award in 2018 “