Kilkenny has once again topped the IBAL (Irish Business Against Litter) survey and is amongst 18 towns deemed to be cleaner than the European average. While we’ll argue the use of the term ‘town’ in reference to Kilkenny, it’s another great result on the tourism front for the city and county and a testament to the work continued by local businesses and the likes of Keep Kilkenny Beautiful where the visual appearance of the city is concerned.

Kilkenny was joined in the top five by Cavan, Killarney, Tramore and Longford respectively while in contrast, Cork, Limerick, Dublin city, Tallagh and Dublin north inner city are all at the bottom of the table.

The survey (results of which you can find here) found that sweet papers were by far the most common form of litter, followed by cigarette butts, fast food wrappers and chewing gum. Most recycling areas were littered, with car parks and residential areas also more likely to be littered than other sites.