The death has ocurred of Shem Downey All Ireland Senior Medal holder with Kilkenny in 1947. Shem played in the 1939 All Ireland Minor Final and played in senior finals in 1946 v Cork, in 1947 also v Cork in what is considered by many to be the greatest ever All Ireland Final and in 1950 v Tipperary. He won Leinster Senior medals in 1947, 1950 and 1953. He continued to play with the county until 1954. He played in five Kilkenny Senior County Finals with Tullaroan - 1947, 1948 where he won his county medal, 1949, 1951 and 1952. His twin daughters Ann and Angela have each won 12 All Ireland Camogie medals and numerous Kilkenny Club titles.
KIlkenny GAA extends its sincere sympathy to his family. Click on Read More below for Funeral Arrangements. Ar Dheis Dé go raibh a anam.
Approx 150 delegates attended the Annual Convention in O'Loughlin Gaels GAA Club on Monday night. Secretary Jimmy Walsh in his first year in the role produced a 20 page comprehensive report on the year's activities in Kilkenny. Full report is available by clicking on Read More below. Treasurer Barry Hickey went through the 36 page financial report and was pleased that the continuing trend of returning an annual surplus continued. This was €273,939 in 2013 but loan repayments on the Nowlan Park/Dunmore Loan needed to be deducted from this figure. He paid tribute to all who made this possible and warned of the importance of keeping core fund-raising projects such as Weekly Lotto and Hurlers Co-Op Draw successful. In a wide ranging and stirring address Chairman Ned Quinn paid tribute to all who had helped in 2013. "Kilkenny fell short of their own high expectations this season but with unity, focus and good planning the county can be tops again" he concluded.
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.