Kilkenny will open their defence of the Allianz National Hurling League with an away fixture to Cork on Saturday 14th of February. The game will be played under lights in Pairc Ui Rinn with a 7pm throw in. Tickets for this fixture are now on sale at the usual Supervalu and Centra outlets around the city and county. Adult tickets purchased in advance will cost €10 - a €5 discount on the match day admission. We would also recommend that Pensioners and Students attending the game also purchase the €10 tickets in advance and avoid the queues outside the ground. The match will be televised live by Setanta TV. On the following weekend - Sunday 22nd February - Kilkenny will have the first of their two home games when Dublin will be visitors to Nowlan Park.
Kilkenny GAA Coaching and Games, have arranged Foundation and Award 1 Youth/Adult Hurling Coaching Courses which should be of interest to Club/School Coaches preparing for the 2015 season ahead.
Click on Read More below for Couse information, dates and contact details
Kilkenny GAA Development Squads Committee are continuing with their "Youth Player Development" sessions, this coming Saturday 31st January, in the Wallslough Sports Arena, Bennettsbridge Road under the direction of Séan Kelly.
There will be one final contact session during Mid-Term on Thursday 19th February, where all the players will be re-assessed on the Exercises , which have being demonstrated over the past three months. PLAYERS MAKE SURE TO PRACTICE THOSE - Clips are live on the dedicated Squad Pages , of which, you have the password. This Re-Assessment will inform the Squads Committee as to the benefits which a player can achieve when the programme, as outlined, is followed.
Players, please click on Read More below for your time slot and as usual, please be on time.
Bennettsbrisge 2-19 Annaghdown(Galway) 0-9
Bennettsbridge set up a visit to Croke Park when they had a comprehensive win over Galway champions Annaghdown in the AIB All Ireland Junior Semi-Final played in Nenagh on Sunday. The Kilkenny side played against the strong wind in the first half and were level 0-3 to 0-3 mid way through the half. But, urged on by a huge support, the Galway side had a great last 10 minutes and were good value for their 0-7 to 0-4 half time lead. Five minutes into the second half the Bridge were level and by the mid point were 6 points ahead 0-14 to 0-8. A Liam Blanchfield goal in the 48th minute removed any doubt about the result and the free moving Bennettsbridge side ran out comprehensive winners in the end 2-19 to 0-9 with the second goal coming from Cormac Wafer. Bennettsbridge now meet Fullen Gaels who were in the final two yeras ago when Thomastown won their All Ireland title. The game takes place in Croke Park on Sunday 15th February.
Click HERE for images of the game from Donal Foley. Click on Read More for Bennettsbridge team photo.
Kilkenny GAA is today mourning the tragic death, as a result of a farm accident, of Clara's Johnny Ryan. Johnny was an outstanding hurler with Clara and, along with his brothers Harry, Lester, and Kevin, was a member of Clara's Senior championship winning team of 1986. He captained Kilkenny to win the All Ireland Masters title in 1995 and was also a member of the winning teams in 1997,1998 and 1999.
His son Lester captained Kilkenny to victory in last year's All Ireland Senior final and along with his two other sons Liam and Tom were members of the Clara team which competed in last year's Senior Co Final.
Click HERE for a number of images from Trevor Cummins PRO Clara and from our own records.
We extend our deepest sympathy to Johnny's wife Lily, his sons Lester, Liam & Tom, his brothers Harry, Lester & Kevin, his sisters Mary, Breda & Rita and the extended Ryan Family at this sad time. Ar Dheis Dé go raibh sé.
As a mark of respect the Kilkenny Senior Hurling team has withdrawn from this year's Walsh Cup Competition. Click on Read More below for Funeral Arrangements from RIP.ie