Judge Eddie Breen and Deirdre Shine, Bank of Ireland petting the two Garda horses from the Garda Mounted Support Unit. Erika Keogh from Kilkenny was also admiring the fine animals
Kilkenny put on its very best for the arrival of the National Enterprise Town Awards judges last week.
The Judging delegation of Aine Malone, Bank of Ireland; Eddie Breen retired Chief Executive Wexford County Council and Jack Keyes, retired Chief Executive of Cavan County Council were overwhelmed by their visit to Kilkenny city on Monday as they spent the morning receiving presentations from community and enterprise representatives and visiting various locations throughout the city.
Apart from local business people there were a number of community leaders like Kilkenny hurling manager Brian Cody and Chief Superintendent Dominic Hayes.
The event, which commenced in The Parade Tower, Kilkenny Castle, showcased the very best of community and enterprise within the city followed by a tour of the city on the Kilkenny City Tour train.
Following a visit to the Long Room in Kilkenny Castle, the judges were taken to The Medieval Mile Museum, in St Mary's Church - “800 years of history under one roof” – Kilkenny City’s newest visitor attraction. Next stop on the tour was a visit to Cartoon Saloon – a three time Academy Award, Golden Globe, BAFTA and Emmy nominated animation studio.
A drive through The Abbey Quarter showcased the future for the city - the vision being to create a vibrant new urban quarter in the heart of the medieval city on the former Smithwick’s site and an inclusive place for an inter-generational community to work, live and play.
The tour then travelled across the newly built St. Francis Bridge to take in the breathtaking views of the city over to Mac Donagh Junction, the site of the former Union Workhouse and a presentation on the Famine Memorial Garden at Goods Shed Square.
The final leg of the trip took in the National Crafts and Design Gallery to visit the current exhibition.
The tour finished up with a stroll through the beautifully landscaped Butler House Gardens, with closing comments in Butler House, the Dower House of Kilkenny Castle which has been associated with the Butler Family, Dukes & Earls of Ormonde who resided at Kilkenny Castle for 500 years.
The Bank of Ireland National Enterprise Town Awards is designed to recognise and reward towns where businesses and the community come together to showcase the spirit of enterprise in their local area.
Speaking at the event, Eddie Breen commented that they were “overwhelmed with what Kilkenny city had to offer from both a community and enterprise perspective”. The winners will be announced at the national final which will take place in Lyrath Estate Hotel on November 28.