Kilkenny has come up tops in the IBAL Anti Litter Survey of 42 towns and cities right across Ireland.
Pipping Cavan and Killarney, Kilkenny has been considered litter free for the past four years according to the annual survey by Irish Businesses Against Litter, and takes the title from last year’s winner, Trim.
This was the first time that Kilkenny has won the IBAL Litter League. It was one of 22 towns to be deemed ‘Cleaner than European Norms’.
An Taisce, which conducts the litter surveys, commented in its report on Kilkenny: “A superb result for Kilkenny with all sites surveyed getting the top litter grade. The approach roads were in particularly good order. The footpath and road surface along High Street have been very attractively paved and The Parade looked fantastic – a wide open sweep, flanked by trees to one side and terraced buildings to the other. The site by the riverbank and Dunnes Stores deserves a special mention as it had previously been problematic – not so this time around and the graffiti has been erased.”
To mark its success, the town will receive a suite of 10 copper beach trees for planting locally. These are provided by the Irish Tree Centre, an IBAL member based in County Cork (www.treecentre.ie).