ROADSHOW – Kilkenny

Colin with TY students from CBS Kilkenny, and Cllr Maria Dollard, standing to the right. Photo: Virginie Girerd

The latest adventure in our Return for Change roadshow so us arrive in the beautiful medieval city of Kilkenny. Spending the day beneath the comforting gaze of the city’s magnificent castle, surrounded by an assortment of traders busily gathered for the weekly market, is tough work but someone needs to do it.

Bernadette Moloney is the Environmental Awareness Officer for Kilkenny County Council. It’s the perfect role for a woman who is totally committed to ensuring that Kilkenny strives towards excellence in sustainability and environmental awareness. It was this commitment which saw her extend an invitation to the Return for Change campaign to come down for a visit; an invitation we gratefully accepted.

Colin with Bernadette Moloney and Anne Marie Shortall, Senior Executive Officer with the Environment Section. Photo: Virginie Girerd

Bernadette had gone to great lengths in advance of our arrival to promote the campaign. Indeed, we spoke with two separate radio shows and were given the opportunity to promote our campaign and indeed the benefits of a world class Deposit Return Scheme more generally.

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As a result of all her great promotional work, we rarely had a quiet moment during our time at the Market as many people visited specifically to chat to us and see our wonderful trailer. Many more came over out of sheer curiosity which is always welcome, too! As always, regardless of where the road takes us and whatever county we land in, everyone says the same thing – this Scheme makes sense. That sentiment is usually followed by – why don’t we have it yet?

Colin explaining the Scheme to TY students from CBS Kilkenny. Photo: Virginie Girerd

The roadshow affords us the opportunity to answer any and all questions that people have about the Deposit Return Scheme and, in doing so, we like to think that we are doing our bit to promote what will be an excellent and transformative initiative, once it’s up and running.