World Senior Citizen Day
On Wednesday 21st of August 2019 Kilkenny GAA’s Health and Well-being committee celebrated World Senior Citizens Day. Over 50 people from 18 clubs were invited into Nowlan Park for a stadium tour. It commenced at 2 pm where the guests were greeted by Jimmy Walsh, County Chairman. Then the guests were split into groups with 15 going to five different venues and speakers around the stadium. Jimmy Walsh and Barry Power spoke about the photographs in the hallways and corridors, Eoin Larkin gave an insight into the gym and dressing rooms. Outside John Coogan gave some interesting information on the pitch and how the pitch was National Pitch of the Year for two years in a row. Seamus Reade brought the groups through the press boxes and into the television studio and Caroline Clifford put the groups through their paces with some chair based exercises.
This was followed by refreshments and a few words from former GAA President Nicky Brennan. Nicky gave some interesting memories from his time as President of the GAA and the work that was undertaken to upgrade grounds in the US. This event has been organised by the health and well-being committee as a social inclusion initiative and it was the first time the event took place. There was some interesting characters present on the day with Phil Leahy noting that in the photograph of the 1945 team the mascot was missing – Phil himself was the mascot on the day.