JOE LAMBE was surprised by his family at the recent Keep Kilkenny Beautiful awards where he was presented with a lifetime achievement award.
Joe’s family hadn’t told him that he was up for an award but seated at the front row Mr Lambe was the guest of honour and received a once off special award.
“Well I was surprised delighted to be the recipient. I wasn’t born in Kilkenny but I have lived here for 75 years. I’ve seen the city grow from a market city to this thriving. I see the role of Keep Kilkenny Beautiful as putting a shine on a beautiful gloss on the vast history of Kilkenny. I hope that it will long bring joy to both visitors and residents.”
Another special guest on the evening was Minister for the Environment, Phil Hogan. It was the first time in the history of Keep Kilkenny Beautiful that the minister for the environment had attended.
“I was delighted to be asked here tonight to say a few words. As minister for the environment and to congratulate all of the various individuals, community representative, residents’ groups, that contribute to keeping Kilkenny beautiful.
“To join with the mayor and the chairman of the county council and thank the Keep Kilkenny Beautiful committee for 31 years of activity to bring us to the stage where Kilkenny now is a renowned beautiful place, beautiful city, beautiful hinterland.
“The first week in September was a of course a good week in Kilkenny, and not for the first time, we won a certain hurling match but thanks to the Keep Kilkenny Beautiful committee we are also Ireland’s tidiest large urban centre for the second year in a row.
“Our Hurlers might be fiercely competitive, their commitment huge and they prepare well but the same can be said of all of you the members of Keep Kilkenny Beautiful. Your work makes Kilkenny look better and indeed feel better.”