The 2017 GAA season gets underway this Thuursday evening when Kilklenny host DCU in the opening round of the Bord na Mona Walsh Cup. The Kilkenny side for this game will be made up of the under 21 squad and managed by u21 team manaager Eddie Brennan, The game throws in at 7,30 at MW Hire Park Dunmore. Supporters are asked to adhere to the requests of stewards and Gardai especially in relation to exit arrangements after the game.
The 2016 Inter County season gets underway this week with two games in the Bord na Móna Walsh Cup hurling tournament. First up Kilkenny take on DIT on Wednesday evening under lights at the MW Hire Training Centre at Dunmore with a 7.30pm throw in. There is limited parking available at the Centre. Please follow the Car Park signs and co-operate with stewards and gardai particularly at the end of the game. Admission is €10 for adults and €5 Students and Pensioners. Under 16's are free. As this is the Leinster GAA "Accident Tournament" passes do not apply. It is expected that the Kilkenny team will comprise predominantly of the under 21 side for Wednesday's game. Kilkenny then travel to Birr on Sunday to take on Offaly at 2pm in the final group match. Offaly have already had a comfortable victory over DIT in the first game. Group winners progress to the semi-finals on Sunday 24th with the final scheduled for Croke Park on Saturday 30th January.
In the interest of player and spectator safety the Bord na Móna Walsh Cup game Kilkenny v NUIG scheduled for Ballyraggett on Tuesday night has been deferred to Friday night at the same venue with an earlier throw in time of 7pm. This will mean that Kilkenny will have two games over the weekend with Dr Cullen Park being the venue for the next round with Carlow the opposition on Sunday at 2pm. Patrons attending the game on Friday evening are asked to be aware of the traffic disruption in Durrow due to ongoing roadworks.
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.
The eagerly awaited Senior Inter County Season gets underway on Sunday when Kilkenny entertain DIT in the Quarter-Final of the Bord na Móna Leinster Walsh Cup. In the past few seasons the under 21 Management Team were given full rein in the early season competition but this year Brian Cody and his new management team of Michael Dempsey, Derek Lyng and James Mc Garry will oversee Kilkenny's involvement in the Walsh Cup. DIT are the visitors to Freshford on Sunday following a high scoring first round win over Westmeath last weekend. Admission on Sunday is €10 and Student/Pensioners €5. Throw in is 2pm.
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