Revealed: Kilkenny's top shopfronts and business winners at KKB awards

Full list of winners in the 'Commercial Awards' category

Sam Matthews


Sam Matthews



Cathaoirleach David Fitzgerald with award winners Yvonne, Kingston, Paddy O'Keeffe, William Sainsbury and Patrick Mullins during the Keep Kilkenny Beautiful Awards Night

Some of Kilkenny City's most wonderful shopfronts were recognised by Keep Kilkenny Beautiful at its annual awards night last week.

Awards were presented for a variety of commercial categories, such as ‘best shopfront’ or ‘best signage’.

When the Dylan won ‘Best Shopfront’, Mr Candler revealed the secret is watering the hanging baskets every morning. He also criticised the onset of plastic signage around the city, and said some shops should be looking at their neighbours to make sure if they’re in keeping. A large round of applause greeted this comment.

Mayor of Kilkenny Michael Doyle noted that the Tidy Towns adjudication report mentions the KKB awards night in a positive light.

“The amount of work that goes into keeping the city and your homes and streets beautiful is unbelievable,” he said.

“The city is at a really high level. The citizens, staff of Kilkenny County Council - they do a fantastic job working together.”

Full list of Commercial winners:

Best commercial floral display
Winner: Bollard’s public house, Kieran Street.
Highly commended:
O’Lanagain, Rose Inn Street;
Rafter Dempsey’s, Friary Street;
Rothe House Parliament Street

Most improved commercial premises
Winner: Kilkenny Inn Hotel, Vicar Street.
Highly commended:
Mullen’s Butchers, Friary Street;
Cake face, Irishtown;
Glanbia House, Ring Road.

Best shop front
Winner: The Dylan, John Street.
Highly commended:
D&R Antiques, Rose Inn Street;
Langton’s Hotel, John Street.

Best shop signage
Winner: The Butterslip shop, Rose Inn St. / Kieran Street.
Highly commended: Glendine Inn, Castlecomer Road;
Kilkenny Crafts, Rose Inn Street.

Best Kilkenny Hospitality
Winner: Springhill Court Hotel, Waterford Road.
Highly commended:
Fanad House, Bennettsbridge Road;
Hibernian Hotel, Patrick Street.

Best Commercial centre
Winner: Aldi Waterford Road.
Highly commended:
Newpark Shopping Centre;
Market Cross Shopping Centre;
McDonald’s, Hebron Road;
MacDonagh Junction Shopping Centre.

Commendation For evening shop displays
Gift Horse, Rose Inn Street;
Goods, High Street.