As the hurling world came to grips with the announcement of Henry Shefflin's retirement on Wednesday news came through later in the evening of the passing of Monsignor Tommy Maher at the age of 92. Fr Tommy is credited with the emergence of Kilkenny as a hurling power from the late 1950's after a relatively barren spell - their last previous title being 10 years earlier in 1947. He led Kilkenny into 12 All Ireland Finals winning 7 in 1957/1963/1967/1969/1972/1974 and 1975. Ironically the 1975 All Ireland marked the appearance of Brian Cody in his first Final as a player. Fr Tommy's story was brought to life most eloquently by Enda McEvoy in his book "The Godfather of Modern Hurling"
Ar Dheis Dé go raibh a anam.
Click on Read More below for Funeral Arrangements courtesy RIP.ie
As expected Henry Shefflin today confirmed his retirement from inter-county hurling after 16 years of an honours laden career. In front of a packed Set Theatre, with the biggest media presence ever seen at such an event, Henry read a prepared statement after which he was afforded a standing ovation.
County Board Chairman then made a passionate tribute to Henry outlining some of his achievements and finished by saying we would never see the likes again.
Kilkenny County Board extends sincere thanks and appreciation to Henry for his many wonderful displays for our County and for his inspiring leadership both on and off the field of play throughout his career.
For Retirement Statement, courtesy GAA.ie, click HERE
Listen HERE to Newstalk "Off the Ball" interview with Dave McIntyre
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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.
Kilkenny 2-20 Clare 2-19
Although Kilkenny were destined for the relegation play-off irrespective of the result Brian Cody and his selectors must be well pleased by the spirit shown by a relatively inexperienced side against a Clare team who had eyes on a quarter-final place. The result in Nowlan Park threw both teams in to a rematch next Sunday.
Match will be played in Nowlan Park
One of the features of the weekend was the number of visiting clubs to Kilkenny at the weekend. Click on Read More below for photo of Dungloe Club from Donegal who were hosted by Fenians GAA Club.
Click HERE for match report from GAA.ie
Click HERE for images of the day from Willie Dempsey
Click HERE for images of the day from Martin Rowe
On Good Friday 3rd April the Feile na nGael Skills Competition will be held in Nowlan Park at 10am. The Under 14 Manager in each club is encouraged to run an internal competition to select an entrant for the Kilkenny Finals.
Click on Read More below for details of the skills.
It is hoped that all clubs will take place in this important skills event.