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Another Gold medal for Killarney TidyTowns




Killarney has won another Gold medal in this year's SuperValu TidyTowns competition.


Tralee, Kenmare, and Listowel were also awarded Gold medals in the competition while Ennis, Co. Clare was named as Ireland’s Tidiest Town for 2021 from 847 entries to the competition this year.

Killarney, with a population of 14,219, was awarded 352 points in the large town category F and named as the highest scoring location in the county.

The TidyTowns competition has been in existence since 1958 and in their report, TidyTowns judges said that "Litter control and tidiness is always a concern with high levels of footfall, and on the day of adjudication the town was generally free from litter, which is a credit to all involved".

"Footpaths were clean and the addition of some re-surfacing has made a difference to busy areas. The many residential houses and estates were all presented to a high standard and a credit to the residents. A few vacant premises have undergone freshening and brightening. Approach roads were good and well presented with trees and landscaping, with areas left for wildlife. Traffic was heavy and congested in areas.
Well done on this year’s entry and presentation."


The Cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council, Cllr Jimmy Moloney has congratulated all of the Kerry winners and participants in this year’s Tidy Towns Competition.

Speaking from the Awards Ceremony in Dublin, Cllr Moloney said that every TidyTowns Committee in Kerry can take great pride in their results.

"I want to extend warmest congratulations to all of those who did so well, particularly to Tralee, Kenmare, Listowel and Killarney on being awarded a Gold Medal for 2021," he said.

"The effort of volunteers over the past year, particularly given the enormous challenges posed by the pandemic have been truly Herculean and I commend everyone who put their shoulder to the wheel in communities across the county despite the adverse circumstances.

"As someone with such an involvement and personal commitment to TidyTowns, I know how much time and effort is invested in the competition by so many people. There have some very worthy recipients in other categories and I commend all of those who made such an effort to improve their communities. The results point once again to an exceptional level of community spirit in our county which has been exemplified by the response to the pandemic."


Streetscape & Public Places

In the report judges said that "ongoing projects include looking after derelict sites and the Laneway Revitalisation scheme".

"Before and after pictures tell the story very well. You have an upgraded Historical Buildings and Sculpture Trail. Redundant phone boxes are being removed. Future projects include a public realm design for the streetscape, upgrading the Fire Station and new cycle paths. We hope the design team includes street trees in their proposals."

Green Spaces and Landscaping

"A new project is the fairy trail at Knockreer. These are a distinctively Irish initiative which has taken off in all parts of the country. They look great and attract children to parks and forests. We hope the 80 trees planted adjacent to MD O’Shea roundabout have survived. May is very late for planting unless the trees were grown in containers. Also at Knockreer, a wildflower meadow is managed using traditional farm machinery pulled by horses. The Blue Pool Walk at Muckross was improved by cleaning fallen branches and debris and removing some Rhododendrons. It includes an audio route for the visually impaired."

Nature and Biodiversity in your Locality

"We learned in the News about the fire last April which is reported to have damaged about half of the land mass of Killarney National Park and hope it recovers quickly in the coming years. The Falconry display of Sept 2019 is noted. Congrats to KCC for the new brochure on Kerry’s Parks and Gardens. Workshops at Killarney House and Gardens in Sept. 2019 also noted. The 2.4 m swift box at Killarney House, installed in the summer of 2019 is impressive. Plans for a new access walkway to O’Sullivan’s Cascade are noted. The information board for Deenagh will add to the attractiveness of the wooden carved animals and birds. The biodiversity bulb planting on Mission Road is noted above and the Sophie Lodge workshop and the skills course (level 5) in Ecology and Practical Fieldwork. You are working on a biodiversity plan for Killarney and the annual autumn talk series have been popular. The control of Rhododendrons in Killarney is ongoing helped by 50 members of men’s shed in Ireland in November 2019."

Sustainability – Doing more with less

"Projects mentioned here include the Café going green, the climate crisis initiative by the Kerry Diocese, new bicycle stands, solar powered parking machines, the global climate protest by students, the hotel sustainability pact of cutting emissions by 25%, the water refill station, the drive to win a grant by students from St Brendan’s Secondary School for solar panels to reduce heating costs. The students have also made it to the final of the ECO-UNESCO Young Environmentalists Award. KCC operated a shredding system for Christmas trees. Recycling banks managed by KCC, and the KWD recycling initiative. A cycling skills workshop for girls and a covered area for parking bicycles in St Brigid’s Secondary School and the cycle without age campaign is noted."

​​​​​​​Tidiness and Litter Control

"For a third year the staff of Marks and Spencers have joined your volunteers in cleaning street furniture and collecting litter. The new signage at the car parks is a great idea. Painting railings at the courthouse makes them look very smart. Pooper scoopers are erected as well as signs advising dog owners to be responsible for cleaning up after them. You were raked in 2nd place in the IBAL survey. You hope to have more service cables laid underground in future and the removal of redundant cables. In your litter control efforts, you have schemes such as ‘Adopt a Road’, Wednesday clean-ups and the Council employs litter pickers in the summer months. All schools take part in the spring clean. Weed control is done by the Council and they use weedkillers and road sweepers. Has consideration been given to the use of attaching special heavy duty wire brushes to tractors/small vehicles as is done in some European countries. The number of bags of rubbish collected during the county clean-up is amazing and we note the Tanaiste also donned a yellow jacket. You are vigilant in taking care of graffiti which is helping to reduce its impact on the town. Works such as painting bollards, railings and kerbs is noted. Our congratulations to Killarney Town Meitheal for their range of works undertaken throughout each year since they were formed 11 years ago."​​​​​​​

Residential Streets & Housing Areas

"We note that houses in the new social housing scheme have very small gardens. Have you considered giving them some ideas on how to landscape them? It is great to see Armagh House redeveloped. The new build looks very different from the old style. Well done to the Ballydribeen Resident’s Association for their works programme which is very impressive. New footpaths in some estates were provided and others upgraded, and all estate name signs are completed and are bilingual. You have successful competitions that helps to maintain high standards within each estate. A list of projects for improvement in the Ballyspillane estate were noted."

​​​​​​​Approach Roads, Streets & Lanes

"Mentioned under this heading is the Ceramic Tile Project in Chapel Lane, road resurfacing works in College Street, restoration of Well Lane South and the mural at the entrance to St Anthony’s Place. Other schemes include Flesk walkway, the car bus park at Rock Road where cables were placed underground, a mural at Glebe car park and extra parking on the Kenmare Road. Main Street was upgraded, and many footpath improvements were done in and around the town. More road improvements are planned."

Concluding Remarks

"Killarney is a busy place, and your group are very active in developing and promoting projects that enhance the townscape. Well done on progressing with these especially during the past two years of the Covid pandemic."

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Start clocking up those ‘Kingdom Kilometres’

With an increase in daylight hours there’s no better time to clock up the ‘Kingdom Kilometres’ on foot or by cycling along the county’s two new Greenways. The recently opened […]




With an increase in daylight hours there’s no better time to clock up the ‘Kingdom Kilometres’ on foot or by cycling along the county’s two new Greenways.

The recently opened Kingdom of Kerry Greenways between Tralee and Fenit and between Listowel and Abbeyfeale are already proving hugely popular with locals and visitors to Kerry.

Representatives of the tourism Industry, local public representatives, travel writers and influencers gathered in Kerry on Monday to experience the exciting new tourist attractions and welcome the arrival of the longer daylight hours as the clocks changed over to summertime.

Sarah Hanrahan, a social media influencer who posts about Irish travel and has more than 100,000 Instagram followers, described the experience.

“Ireland has some of the most amazing outdoor spaces. For a lot of my followers and other people, connecting with green spaces has become much more important to their overall sense of well-being as well as their health and fitness. It’s been really gorgeous to experience the Tralee to Fenit, and Listowel to Limerick Kingdom of Kerry Greenways; a fantastic trip sampling the warm hospitality of Kerry and a great reminder of the active holiday options that are right on our doorstep.”

The new purpose-built trails provide an accessible and inclusive experience for visitors of all abilities.

Mayor of Tralee, Cllr Mikey Sheehy and the Mayor of Listowel, Cllr Aoife Thornton, said that the greenways offer an exceptional recreational amenity for everyone to enjoy.

“The greenways are situated in some of Kerry’s most scenic landscapes and offer spectacular and safe off-road facilities for people of all ages to enjoy as the landscape comes into bloom. They also offer warm hospitality at the trail head towns of each route.”

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St Patrick’s Day parade winners announced

Killarney Valley Classic and Vintage Club has won the sought-after overall award in recognition of their colourful and action-packed entry to this year’s St Patrick’s Day parade in Killarney. Delighted […]



Killarney Valley Classic and Vintage Club has won the sought-after overall award in recognition of their colourful and action-packed entry to this year’s St Patrick’s Day parade in Killarney.

Delighted club representatives were presented with the Seán O’Keeffe Perpetual Trophy – in memory of the former Mayor of Killarney and parade stalwart – at a gala presentation of prizes in the International Hotel, Killarney on Tuesday night.

The award for the Best Interpretation of the Theme, which was Killarney: Experience More, went to the Wander Wild Festival who received the Michael Courtney Perpetual Trophy which is dedicated to the memory of another former mayor of the town who spearheaded the annual St Patrick’s Day celebrations for many years.

The John ‘Killer’ O’Callaghan Perpetual Trophy for the Best Sporting Entry was won by Killarney Athletic AFC and the Peter Irwin Memorial Trophy for the Best Marching Group and Cultural/Arts Entry went to Millstreet Pipe Band.

The Best Sports Club was Spa GAA, the Best Children’s Group prize was won by Kilcummin Comhaltas and the Best New Entry was Killarney Rugby Football Club.

There was an international flavour to the Best Musical Entry which was scooped by the Glenridge High School Marching Band from New Jersey.

The prize for the Best Voluntary Group went to the Kerry Stars Special Olympics Club, the Best School Award went to the Fiona Crowley Stage School and the Best Activity Group was deemed to be Scorchers Cheerleading Club.

The Most Entertaining Entry went to the Killarney Tidy Towns group, the prize for the Most Original Entry was won by Liebherr Container Cranes and the Most Imaginative Entry in the parade was the Art House, Killarney.

The Most Stylish Entry prize was awarded to the Ukrainian community whose representative said they were delighted to play a part in Ireland’s national holiday and thanked the people of Killarney for the warm welcome they have received.

Other prizes presented on the night included the Best Window Display which went to Christy Healy’s on New Street who were celebrating 100 years in business on St Patrick’s Day, while the Europe Hotel and Resort won the Best Green-Themed Building prize.

The judges for the parade were Br Pat Lynch, Guardian, Franciscan Friary, Pam Brosnan, Killarney Musical Society and Denis McMahon.

The awards were presented by Killarney St Patrick’s Festival Chairman Paul Sherry, Mayor of Killarney Cllr Niall Kelleher, Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce Senior Executive Bridget O’Keeffe, and parade grand marshal Cathal P Walshe.

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