A special ceremony which ran alongside the GAA’s National Healthy Club Conference in Croke Park on October 5th, saw 84 GAA clubs recognised as official ‘Healthy Clubs’ on the island of Ireland. The day was about given recognition to the clubs and volunteers, by individually acknowledging the contribution that each GAA Healthy Club makes in bringing the vision for Healthy Ireland to life: where everyone can enjoy physical and mental health and wellbeing to their full potential.
Two Kilkenny GAA Clubs, Conahy Shamrocks and Thomastown can now proudly fly a flag above their grounds (endorsed by both Healthy Ireland and the Public Health Agency in NI), letting their members and communities know that they value health and wellbeing as much as leagues and championships.
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Following a county board meeting on Tuesday night, Martin Comerford was ratified as a selector for the Kilkenny senior hurling team for 2020. Martin will join Brian Cody and his managment team and brings a wealth of experience as a former Kilkenny senior hurler, winning six All-Irelands in his time as player. Martin is a member of the O'Loughlin Gaels club in Kilkenny.
Following Sunday's UPMC Nowlan Park double-header, Dicksboro are the Kilkenny Honda Centre 'A' Champions for 2019, while Young Irelands overcame St Martin's to claim the 'B' title. A repeat of the 2018 decider, the 'A' final was a chance for Dicksboro to claim revenge following their loss to Mooncoin last year and that is what they did, running out 0-18 to 0-6 winners. In the 'B' final Young Irelands ran out 3-7 to 2-6 winners over St Martins. For match reports from both games click below (John Knox, Kilkenny People). Click here for photos (Martin Rowe)
On Saturday both Tullaroan and Conahy Shamrocks claimed victory in their respective Junior and Intermediate AIB Leinster Club Quarter Finals. Tullaroan ran out 3-18 to 1-12 winners over Rosenallis while Conahy Shamrocks were victorious over Fingallians on a scoreline of 2-17 to 1-9. On Sunday Ballyhale Shamrocks made the drive to Mullingar to take on Clonkill in their quarter final and following a tasty contest they claimed the semi-final spot on a scoreline of 3-21 to 2-15. All three Kilkenny club teams now have Kilkenny venues for their Leinster S/F's to be played in a fortnights time. Full fixtures details to be confirmed.
Adrian Mullen was last night named as the PwC Young Player of the Year for 2019. At a star studded event at Dublin's Convention Centre the PwC Hurling All Stars for 2019 recieved their awards and the football All-Stars were named. The night also sees the Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year named, TJ Reid was a runner up for the Player of the Year but it was his club mate Mullen who brought home the spoils on this occasion.
This weekend we wish our Junor, Intermediate and Senior champions all the best as they take to the road in Leinster. Junior Champions Conahy Shamrocks will face Fingallians in Lawless Memorial Park, Swords at 1.30pm on Saturday. Tullaroan meanwhile will face Rosenallis on Saturday also at 1.30pm in O'Moore Park, Portlaoise. On Sunday Ballyhale Shamrocks head to TEG Cusack Park, Mullingar to face Clonkill at 1.30pm.
Also the weekend Mooncoin will take on Rathgorade/Cushinstown (Wexford) in the Leinster Intermediate football championship. That game will take place on Saturday at 1.30pm in Graignamanagh. We wish all teams the best of luck on the road and all have home semi-finals should they qualify for them.