The death has occurred of Sean Tyrrell long serving member of James Stephens GAA Club. Sean played with the club in the 1950's and was a powerful corner back and team captain when the Village won the county junior title in 1955. He went on to captain Kilkenny to the All Ireland Junior title in 1956. Following his playing career Sean devoted his life to the administrative side of th GAA. He was the club's county board delegate for half a century until he stepped down in 2008. Although rooted in the James Stephens Club Sean's family continue to play an active role in all three city clubs. Click on read more below for a further tribute from James Stephens Club.
Kilkenny GAA extends its sincere sympathy to the Tyrrell family. Ar Dheis Dé go raibh sé.
The draws for the J J Kavanagh & Sons Football leagues have been deferred to 9.15pm in Nowlan Park on Friday night.
Click HERE for funeral arrangements from RIP.ie
We were delighted to learn today that the MacNamee Award for the Best Amateur GAA photo has been won by Maurice Walsh of Bennettsbridge. This action picture involving hurlers from Carrickshock and Gowran shows the skill both by the player and photographer to get their timing right.
These awards, the GAA National Communication and Media Awards, are named after the late Pádraig MacNamee, former President of the GAA, Chairman of the GAA Commission (1969-1971) and member of RTÉ authority. They are presented annually in recognition of outstanding contributions made by individuals and Association units in the area of media and communications.
The Irish Language Award was won by Máire Treasa Ní Cheallaigh for an article on Lester Ryan's acceptance speech on All Ireland day. Click HERE for full details from GAA.ie
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With new committees now taking the reins this is the time of year where registration of members is top of the agenda for most clubs. Already several clubs have started the process for the coming season. The GAA Management System(Servasport) is more than just a system to register players. Kilkenny clubs have been to the fore in using the Servasport system but there is huge scope for improvement in the quality of the information we put up. We would especially appeal to all clubs to ensure that the mobile number and e mail-addresses are input when capturing the informaion this year. The email addresses in particular affords all clubs the opportunity of communicating events to their members in a very cost effective manner. We will be arranging IT training sessions over the coming weeks. In the meantime, if any club needs any help in the registration of members please contact Seamus Reade at 085-1389397.
Kilkenny will play their first game of the 2015 season in the Bord na Móna Walsh Cup this coming Tuesday night January 20th in Ballyraggett with a 7.30pm throw in. NUI Galway will provide the opposition. Then on the following Sunday January 25th Dr Cullen Park will be the venue for the second game in the competition when Kilkenny take on Carlow at 2pm. Carlow and NUIG played out a draw in the competition last Sunday.
The fixtures for the AIB All Ireland Club competitions have also been confirmed. Bennettsbridge take on Annaghdown of Galway in the Junior Semi-Final in Nenagh on Sunday 25th January at 2pm. Ballyhale Shamrocks take on Gort in the Senior Semi-Final on Saturday 7th February in Semple Stadium at 3.45 as part of double header.
Dicksboro 1-16 Thomastown 3-10
Dicksboro and Thomastown will have to do it all again following a very exciting finish to the J J Kavanagh and Son sponsored Under 21A County Final played in Nowlan Park on Sunday. Thomastown had the benefit of a strong wind in the first half and their half-time lead of 3 points (1-8 to 1-5) did not seem sufficient to weather the likely Boro onslaught in the 2nd half. Dicksboro were level within 4 minutes of the restart and it was midway through the second half before Thomastown registered their first score of the half. The City side seemed to have this game wrapped up when they lead 1-16 to 1-10 with only 2 minutes remaining. But two goals from Thomastown in the 59th and 62nd minute ensured the hugely exciting finish. The replay takes place in Nowlan Park next Sunday at 1.30pm. Click HERE for images of the game from Willie Dempsey and John Glynn.