Keep Kilkenny Beautiful volunteers have been named county winners in this years National Tidy Towns Competition.
They also took home the overall Southeast regional title.
Kilkenny came in joint third place overall on 274 points, that’s an increase of 12 points from last year.
Abbeyleix won the overall title with 276 points.
Keep Kilkenny Beautiful Chairperson Maria Dollard had praise for the local volunteers who are part of the wider community of volunteers that are active on Tidy towns committees in Ireland. ”We work with the Nore vision trust, the residents associations and we help them out. We plant trees, clean up etc. We work with Kilkenny county council, the Lions club join us on our litter picks and it really is a community effort.”
Meanwhile, there was also success on the Carlow side of things in the Tidy Towns competition.
Leighlinbridge was named as County winners and won back their Gold Medal also.
They have had a Tidy Towns committee in the village for the last 40+ years.
Chairman John Meaney was thrilled with the announcement and dedicated the victory to all the volunteers. ##It was a great achievement and we weren’t expecting it at all. 13 marks is what we achieved, which was pretty enormous. I know we do good work and we’ve been runner up for a few years. However, this year we got our county and Gold! It was great!