Innovative initative by Kieran Street traders

TRADERS on Kieran Street have launched an exciting proactive initiative to improve their streetscape and encourage shoppers back into the street.

TRADERS on Kieran Street have launched an exciting proactive initiative to improve their streetscape and encourage shoppers back into the street.

Martin Crotty, who runs Crottys Coffee House explained that the street project was a collaboration between traders and Keep Kilkenny Beautiful. “We need to make the best of what we have with the resources we have and to identify what work needs to be done,” he said.

Mayor of Kilkenny David Fitzgerald said that it two-year project which would focus on the entirety of Kieran Street. “We will look at everything from painting to waste management to energy use. We will be covering all the categories within the Tidy Towns competition. Our aim is to work together for the betterment of the street on a commercial basis and an environmental basis. The project is supported by Kilkenny Borough Council and Keep Kilkenny Beautiful and there is signage erected entering the street informing people of the project and asking them for their co operation,” he added.

Edel O’Brien of Mimi Boutique said that initative would help to promote the street as a designated shopping area. “We are trying to keep the street tidy and to clean and try and improve the streetscape and shopfronts by putting out plants and making sure that it is painted up. Before Christmas all the traders joined together and decided to try and encourage people back into the street,” she said.

Lynda Walsh of Cameo Bridal described it as ‘a great initative’. “Anything to improve the street and to encourage people to come down is to be welcomed. Kieran Street offers people the opportunity to shop in a lovely environment and coming into summer is the perfect time to launch the project,” she added.