December is Convention month in Kilkenny and the season kicked off with Bord na nOg last Thursday night. This Monday night it will be the turn of Football Board also in Nowlan Park at 8pm. The Handball Board meet on Wednesday 7th in Nowlan Park. Then on the following Monday Dec 12th The North Convention takes place in Nowlan Park and the South in Mullinavat GAA on Tuesday 13th. [Please note change of date for South Convention] The County Convention takes place on Thursday 15th December in O'Loughlin Gaels. Clubs are encouraged to ensure that they are represented at all these important gatherings.
Click on Read More below for report on Bord na nOg Convention
Eoin Larkin today announced his retirement from inter County Hurling. Eoin has had a fantastic intercounty career over 12 years. He made his championship debut against Offaly in Croke Park in 2005 and ended his career with 8 All Ireland medals, 10 Leinster SHC medals, 6 National Hurling League medals, 2 All Stars and Hurler of the Year in 2008. He also has All Ireland medals at Minor level(2002), Under 21(2004) and Senior Club with James Stephens(2005)
Kilkenny County Board Chairman Ned Quinn thanked Eoin for his tremendous contribution to Kilkenny hurling and wished him well in his retirement.
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Mooncoin entertain Ratoath of Meath in Nowlan Park this Saturday in the AIB Leinster Junior Club Final.
Supporters are reminded that Ardan Breathnach (Ollie Walsh Stand) only will be open with entry via Stiles 33 to 36 from O'Loughlin Road. Admission is €10 for Adults, €5 for Pensioners & Students with Under 16's free of charge. Throw in is at 2pm with stiles open from 1pm
Whilst pride of place next weekend will go to Kilkenny's three representatives in the AIB Club Championship there will be some crucial games in the J J Kavanagh and Sons Under 21 Championship. The competition is now down to final stage both North and South at A and B level.
In the North the A Final between Dicksboro and James Stephens is down for decision on Sunday morning at 11.30 in Clara. On Saturday the B decider goes ahead at 2pm between Graigue Ballycallan and Tullaroan in Freshford. In the South the B decider between Dunnamaggin and Piltown is down for decision in Mullinavat on Sunday at 12.15 - [Please note time change]. The South A Final between Ballyhale Shamrocks and The Rower Inistioge takes place in Thomastown also on Sunday with a 2.15pm throw in.
Click HERE for pics from a foggy John Locke Park from the North B semi-final between Graigue Ballycallan and Young Irelands courtesy Willie Dempsey
Following Ratoath's (Meath) extra time win over Rosenallis on Saturday the AIB Leinster Junior Club Final between the Meath champions and Mooncoin now goes ahead next Saturday Dec 3rd in Nowlan Park at 2pm. At the same time, Carrickshock will be in Newbridge where they will take on Celbridge in the Intermediate decider. Then on Sunday it will be the turn of O'Loughlin Gaels who travel to Portlaoise to take on Cuala in the senior final with a 2pm throw in.
Kilkenny GAA wishes the very best to all three representatives.
Click HERE for pics from Mooncoin's semi-final win over St Oliver Plunketts courtesy willie Dempsey.