Local groups and businesses honoured at KKB awards

OVER 400 people turned out to this year’s Keep Kilkenny Beautiful (KKB) awards in Hotel Kilkenny on Tuesday, October 16.

More than 60 pieces of crystal were handed out over the course of the evening, to various local residents, business owners and organisations. Some €6000 in gardening vouchers were presented to winners also.

Mary Maher received a Hall of Fame award for her continuing hard work in St Francis’ Terrace, while Mick Brennan was presented with the Endeavour award. In addition, three local groups received special framed plaques to honour their work and committment to keeping Kilkenny beautiful.

The first was a group of 12 boys and girls, organised by Norah Webster, who worked to tidy the Newpark Close area every Saturday morning for six weeks. KKB gave the group yellow jackets, gloves and bags. The group is now continuing its work on a fortnightly basis.

The Transition Year students of Loreto Secondary School received the honour for their mural, painted in the Closh to brighten up the area. The paint for it was supplied by KKB.

Ossory Youth were presented with the plaque for their painting project on the hoardings of a derelict site near Walkin Street. The design was by Mick Greene and the paint came from KKB.

Sean Leahy, the chairman of KKB, has also now invited any local groups in other areas to approach KKB if they are interested in doing something similar.

Mr Leahy has also announced his intention to step down from the role of chairman in January, having occupied it a number of times over the years. However, he pledged his continued support for KKB and to the continuing betterment of Kilkenny City, to ensure that it remains on top as one of the tidiest places in Ireland.

Keep Kilkenny Beautiful thanked all of their sponsors and judges, as well as Hotel Kilkenny and Diageo for their support.