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Kilkenny Ireland's cleanest City

Kilkenny City has once again be announced as Ireland's cleanest Town/City by the Irish Business Against Litter (IBAL). The IBAL programme began in 2002 and this is the first year that a city retain the title. Cavan came in a close second in the IBAL, having previously won the title. Tramore in Co. Waterford came 3rd. 42 towns and cities across the country are assessed each year by the IBAL.

An Taisce, who conduct the surveys on behalf of IBAL, commented in their report: “A great result for Kilkenny – all ten sites got the top litter grade. Great care has been taken with the streetscape along High Street and surveyor noted a significant improvement at the parking by Dunnes Stores … All aspects of the train station were in very good condition, with the interior in pristine condition, and the Recycle Facility off Nuncio Road was in good order. The N11 approach from Dublin was an excellent route into Kilkenny, creating a very positive first impression of the town – this very high standard was maintained for all of the sites surveyed.”

Congratulating Kilkenny Borough Council, Dr Tom Cavanagh, Chairman of IBAL, said Kilkenny’s standing as a major tourist attraction in Ireland made it an appropriate winner of the IBAL initiative, which is geared to supporting tourism in Ireland. “As a busy city, with lots of visitors throughout the year, Kilkenny faces certain challenges in keeping clean all the time. Winning this award for the second year shows they have really found the right formula. Well done to all. IBAL has consistently commented on Tramore’s wonderful beach being spoilt by litter and it’s great to see this has been turned around in the past 12 months.”

Clonmel, Waterford City, Wexford, Killarney, Tullamore, Tralee, Longford, Letterkenny, Fermoy, Sligo, Roscommon, Newbridge, Bray, Dun Laoghaire, Swords and Naas were all clener than European norms.