For the third year in a row Nowlan Park has hosted a major inter county fixture with a near full house. All four participating counties were loud in their praise for all the arrangements put in place. A crowd of 16,445 attended and created a tremendous atmosphere in the compact Nowlan Park Stadium. There were some very favourable comments on the stewarding, The Munster Express in particular going out of their way to praise the attitude of the stewards on duty on Sunday. Kilkenny GAA would like to place on record our gratitude to all who helped out or contributed in any way to enhance the reputation of Nowlan Park.
Click HERE for some images of the day from Willie Dempsey.
In what is another boost for Kilkenny the Allianz National Hurling League Semi-Finals will be played in Nowlan Park as a double header on Sunday 19th April. At 2pm Dublin will play Cork and at 4pm Tipperary play Waterford. Both games will be covered live on TG4. This is likely to bring a 20,000 strong crowd to Nowlan Park with huge economic benefit to the city. We will be seeking the usual support of club volunteers to ensure the smooth running of the event. Click on Read More below for ticket details.
Please note that Kilkenny Season Ticket holders can obtain free admission to the semi-finals but only to Ardan de Gras
Kilkenny 1-18 Clare 1-17
Kilkenny had to pull out all the stops to see off a resilient Clare side and retain their Division 1A status for 2016. There was little between the sides throughout and it took a final minute point from wing back Cillian Buckley to secure victory.
Click HERE for match report from GAA.ie
Click HERE for match photos from Willie Dempsey
Click HERE for match photos from Martin Rowe
As expected there are several changes to the Kilkenny team for Sunday's important rematch with Clare as Brian Cody and his selectors welcome back the Ballyhale contingent to the match day squad. Joey Holden, who captains the side, fills in for the injured Jackie Tyrrell at corner back. Lester Ryan and Cillian Buckley return to man the wing back positions. Michael Fennelly comes in to his usual midfield berth with T J Reid and Colin Fennelly along with Richie Hogan making up a lethal looking forward line. Tomás Keogh, Willlie Phelan, Brian Kennedy, Kevin Kelly and Mark Kelly all drop down to the subs bench. John Power is out due to illness. Click on Read More below for full team.
Supporters are reminded to purchase their tickets before Sunday at the usual Supermarket outllets to avail of the €10 adult ticket. Children under 16 are free of charge and do n ot require tickets.
Tickets for the eagerly awaited Kilkenny v Clare Allianz League Relegation Play-Off will go on sale this Tuesday afternoon. Prices will be the same as the previous rounds of the Allianz League. Supporters are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance to avail of the €5 discount. Children under 16 are free of charge.
On the back of a very encouraging display last Sunday and the expected recall of the Ballyhale players it is anticipated that a large crowd will attend Nowlan Park on Sunday in support of the attempt to retain Division 1A status.