Community groups and individuals who work tirelessly to make Kilkenny a more attractive and pleasant place were celebrated at the annual Keep Kilkenny Beautiful Awards last night (Tuesday) in Hotel Kilkenny.
Prizes were handed out in categories honouring individual households, housing estates and businesses across the city.
A special Hall of Fame award was presented to Mary Maher, while an award for Best Community Effort went to O’Loughlin Court.
The Home Rule Club was awarded in the Environmental category, and an Endeavour award was given to Mick Brennan, foreman with Kilkenny Borough Council.
Individual Community Awards were given to Pat Mulrooney, George Ralph, Patrick Leydon and Joe Vickers; and the Fitzpatrick Perpetual Shield was awarded for the DOP Garden at St Luke’s Hospital.
The awards night, for which the main sponsor is St Canice’s Credit Union, also honoured the following winners.
Group 1: 1st Joan Clarke, 2 Edenvale Close. 2nd Noel and Judy Doran, 41 Deans Court. 3rd Derry Noonan, 46 Larchfield.
Group 2: 1st Denis and Ann Mulhall, Darnoch, Noremount. 2nd Dermot and Eileen Brophy, 39 Riverview. 3rd Mary Lacey, 38 Riverview.
Group 3: 1st Rory and Margaret Sherwin, 15 Parkview Drive, Freshford Road. 2nd Noel and Evelyn Shortall, 2 Parkview, Freshford Road. 3rd Andy and Noeleen Fogarty, The Cottage, Talbotsinch.
Group 4: 1st Pat Shortall, 3 Bishops Meadows. 2nd Breda Slattery, 17 Meadow Hill. 3rd Patrick and Aine Phelan, 2 Bishops Meadows.
Group 5: 1st Dean and Lodmila Welch, 55 Lintown Ave. 2nd Richard and Mary Guilfoyle, Richview. 3rd Mick and Maria Battle 18 Richview.
Group 6: 1st Mary Nolan, 29 Lacken Drive. 2nd Mrs Marnell, Old Newpark. 3rd Brian and Doreen Gillard, 19 Newpark Close.
Group 7: 1st Breen Family, 22 Dean Cavanagh Place. 2nd Joseph and Mary Traynor, 30 Dean Cavanagh Place. 3rd Vera Cody, 26 Fatima Place.
Bed and Breakfasts: Winner John Kennedy, Fr Murphy Square. Runner-up Bridge Court, Greens Bridge,
Private houses: Most Unusual Display: Sean and Maureen Scully, 12 Patrick’s Court.
Private houses: Best Floral Display: Joe Nolan, 33 New Orchard.
Best Floral Display (Pubs): Winner Matt the Miller’s. Runner-up Glendine Inn.
Best Shop Front: Winner Lorimat. Runner-up Kitty’s Cabin.
Best Shop Signage: Winner Lola Rose, Rose Inn Street. Runner-up Belle Femme, Kieran Street.
Best Commercial Centre: Winner River Court Hotel.
Best Shop Front Overall: Winner Yesterday’s. Runner-up Frame Works.
Best Sign in Irish: Winner Moore’s, Parliament Street
Residential Areas (Division One): 1st Ashurst. 2nd Melville Heights. 3rd St Maul’s. Best Litter Free Edenvale Close.
Residential Areas (Division Two): 1st Parkview. 2nd Cashel Downs. 3rd College Square. Best Litter Free Clarnwood.
Residential Areas (Division Three): 1st Springmount. 2nd Glendine Court. 3rd Fr Murphy Square. Best Litter Free Maiden Hill.
Residential Areas (Division Four): 1st Shandon Park. 2nd Cedarwood Avenue. 3rd The Weir. Best Litter Free Rushbrook.
Residential Areas (Division Five): 1st Loughboy Park. 2nd Riverview. 3rd New Orchard. Best Litter Free College Road.
Residential Areas (Division six): 1st Talbotsinch. 2nd The Orchard. 3rd Hawthorn Avenue. Best Litter Free Sycamore Drive
Residential Areas Overall Winners: Division 1 and 2: Newpark Lawn. Division 3 and 4: Cedarwood Park. Division 5 and 6: Deans Court.