August: Friendliest city in Europe, 9th in world

This month, a Kilkenny couple brought a landmark case to the High Court against a decision of the HSE refusing to facilitate a home birth.

This month, a Kilkenny couple brought a landmark case to the High Court against a decision of the HSE refusing to facilitate a home birth.

Aja Teehan, a university lecturer from Thomastown, challenged what she said was a “blanket policy” of refusing to cover home births for women who have previously had caesarean section births.

She lost her challenge to the High Court in September, eventually deciding to move to the United Kingdom for the birth of her baby boy in early November.

An artist who overpaid a traffic fine three years ago was arrested as he tried to mount his exhibition for the Kilkenny Arts Festival.

Ramie Leahy, who has an exhibition taking place at RoseInn Street for the duration of the festival said he was ‘shocked’ when three gardai arrived and he was taken by taxi to the Midlands Prison in Portlaoise.

In 2010 Mr Leahy had written a cheque for €290 but the courts didn’t cash it because it was €20 over the €270 fine.

A court subsequently ordered a bench warrant for his arrest over the non payment of the fine.

In the south of the county, a large fire swept through a warehouse near Belview Port, shutting down much of the area for several hours.

Fire and rescue services from Waterford, Kilkenny and Thomastown attended the scene and the blaze took several hours to put out.

Travel magazine Condé Nast Traveler unveiled the results of its readers’ choice survey of the world’s friendliest cities, and only one Irish city – Kilkenny – made it into the top ten. Readers voted Kilkenny the ninth-friendliest city in the world, while Dublin came in at number 12 and Cork at number 20.

Tourism in Kilkenny City received a boost this month with a number of events, including the always popular annual Kilkenny Arts Festival taking place.

Approximately 30,000 people descended on the Marble City for the 40th year of the Festival giving the local economy a huge boost as patrons filled the city’s hotels and restaurants.

With almost 90,000 hits on his You Tube video in August, Richie O’Gorman was an unexpected internet sensation this month. The South Kilkenny farmer was already known as the face of the Aldi supermarket campaign for Aberdeen Angus steak but his fame reached new proportions following the publication of the clip which is called ‘High Steaks’.