Kilkenny's repair directory is catching on fast

Kilkenny-lead initative may become a national project

Sam Matthews

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Kilkenny's repair directory is catching on fast

Cathaoirleach Matt Doran, Mayor Patrick O'Neill and Bernadette Moloney, Enviromental Officer with Margaret Murphy, Carol McCarthy, Cllr Michael McCarthy and Cllr Maurice Shortall.

Sam Matthews sam.matthews@kilkennypeople.ie @SamAMatthewsKP

A Kilkenny initiative to encourage people to re-use and repair items is now being copied by other counties and may soon become a national project.

The first edition of the Kilkenny Repair Directory was launched here last August — the first of its kind in the country. It's a simple listing of repair service providers in Kilkenny.

The directory is an evolving project, and environmental awareness officer Bernadette Moloney — who has lead the project — is currently in talks to see to explore the possibility of a national directory.

This second edition of the directory was launched at the official opening of the Re-Use exhibition recently.

The exhibit is a new waste prevention initiative designed to raise awareness about the economic and environmental beneftis of re-using everyday items and materials that would otherwise go to waste. Donating, refurbishing and repairing items are all forms of re-use and offer people a chance to save or make money, learn a new skill, and be environmentally conscious.

Cathaoirleach of Kilkenny County Council was on hand to open the exhibition.

“I am delighted to officially open the re-use exhibition here in County Hall,” he said.

“It's a wonderful collection of ideas, and it illustrates what can be achieved by using second-hand materials. Re-use is all about trying to enhance awareness around prolonging the life of items that otherwise would be thrown into the waste bin.

“I would like to congratulate the exhibitors on their creative flair, as all the items on display are top class.”