Kilkenny has become the first-ever city or town to retain the annual overall title of ‘Ireland’s Cleanest City’, as chosen by the Irish Business Against Litter (IBAL).
The IBAL programme began in 2002, and Kilkenny City managed its first win in 2012. This year’s result was announced at an awards ceremony on Monday in Dublin’s Conrad Hotel. Mayor of Kilkenny Martin Brett and town clerk Brian Tyrrell accepted the award.
In total, 42 towns and cities were judged for the award. As the overall winner, Kilkenny received a winning certificate, a Dublin Crystal bowl, along with a suite of ten Emporis lime trees to be planted in Kilkenny.
It follows on from a hugely successful 2013 for the city, and becomes the latest in a long list of honours in recent months. In September, Kilkenny showed an overall improvement in its already impressive Tidy Towns marks.
That summer also saw Kilkenny named Europe’s friendliest city by the prestigious Conde Nast travel magazine, an honour which was then followed by Kilkenny scooping two Michelin Awards – one for Campagne and one for the Lady Helen Restaurant in Mount Juliet. Then more recently, in November, Kilkenny won the Failte Ireland 2013 National Tourism Town Award.
The chairman of IBAL Tom Cavanagh congratulated Kilkenny Borough Council, saying that Kilkenny’s standing as a major tourist attraction in Ireland made it an appropriate winner of the IBAL initiative.
The report praised various aspects of the town such as the train station, the recycle facility off Nuncio Road, and the N11 approach from Dublin.
“Tourism is very important to Kilkenny and the local economy and this award will give visitors another reason to visit us in 2014,” said chairman of Kilkenny Tourism Colin Ahern.
“We are delighted to be the one friendliest, tastiest, funniest, best tourist town and now the cleanest in Ireland! Kilkenny’s latest win is a culmination of hard work and commitment from local authorities, with corporation of local businesses and community organisations such as Keep Kilkenny Beautiful.”