Although Kilkenny did not reach the All Ireland this year it was nonetheless a very memorable one for GAA followers. The highlights were probably the National League Final and the Phase Two Qualifier with Tipperary the opposition on both occasions. Capacity crowds of well over 20,000 packed in to Nowlan Park to give us two never to be forgotten days. Add in the excitement of the Dublin games in Portlaoise and the championship games in Thurles versus Waterford and Cork. All of these are captured in the Yearbook which hits the shops this weekend all over Kilkenny. The Yearbook is a comprehensive record of all that happened in Kilkenny GAA at both Club and County level. As usual, it would make an ideal Christmas gift and supporters are urged to grab a copy before supplies run out.
Following the completion of competitive fare this week sees the arrival of Conventions for Clubs in Kilkenny. This Monday night Dec 9th sees both the North and South Conventions taking place. The North will meet in Nowlan Park at 8pm whilst at the same time the Southern Clubs gather in Mullinavat GAA Club. On this coming Wednesday Dec 11th the Football Convention will take place at Nowlan Park at 8pm. Then on Monday night next Dec 16th The County Convention takes place in O'Loughlin Gaels with a 7.30 pm start. The Bord na nÓg Convention took place last Thursday night and for a report on the meeting from PRO Patrick O Flynn click on Read More below.
The Memorial Tractor Run Committee snd the Duggan and Malone families donated funds raised from last year's Tractor Run to Shamrocks GAA Club towards a commemorative dugout and plaque at the Club's ground in memory of Martin Duggan and Sean Malone. The work will commence shortly and will be ready in time for the start of the 2014 GAA year. The funds raised by the next Tractor Run (12th January 2014) will be used within the locality to create and stock a school library in the Learning Support Room at St Patrick's National School Ballyhale. For more photos click on Read More below.
The Under 21 Grade continued to provide excellent end of season fare at Nowlan Park on Sunday when Mullinavat and Bennettsbridge landed the J J Kavanagh & Sons Under 21 A and B titles respectively. In the opening game Bennettsbridge eventually saw off a strong second half challenge from Dunnamaggin to capture the B County Title which is sure to make up for disappointments at other grades earlier.
The A Final was a superb game with the result in doubt right up to the final minute. In fact a draw looked the likely outcome as O'Loughlin Gaels sought an equalising point as time ran out. But a goal from Darren Watters in injury time tipped the tie in favour of Mullinavat and their first Under 21 Roinn A title. For images of the day, courtesy Willie Dempsey, click HERE.