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The Kilkenny County Board of the Gaelic Athletic Association
Gaelic Athletic Association
The Gaelic Athletic Association is an amateur Irish and international cultural and sporting organisation focused primarily on promoting Gaelic games, which include the traditional Irish sports of hurling, camogie, Gaelic football, handball and rounders...

 (Kilkenny GAA) is one of the 32 county boards
GAA county
A Gaelic Athletic Association county is a geographic region within the Gaelic Athletic Association , controlled by a county board and originally based on the counties of Ireland as they were in 1884. While the counties of Ireland have changed since the foundation of that date, the GAA counties have...

 of the GAA in Ireland
Ireland
Ireland is an island to the northwest of continental Europe. It is the third-largest island in Europe and the twentieth-largest island on Earth...

 and is responsible for Gaelic Games
Gaelic games
Gaelic games are sports played in Ireland under the auspices of the Gaelic Athletic Association. The two main games are Gaelic football and hurling...

 in County Kilkenny
County Kilkenny
County Kilkenny is a county in Ireland. It is part of the South-East Region and is also located in the province of Leinster. It is named after the city of Kilkenny. The territory of the county was the core part of the ancient Irish Kingdom of Osraige which in turn was the core of the Diocese of...

. The county board has its head office and main grounds at Nowlan Park
Nowlan Park
Nowlan Park is the principal Gaelic Athletic Association stadium in Kilkenny, Ireland, home to the Kilkenny hurling team. It has two covered stands and two terraces, behind each goalpost. The current capacity of the stadium is approximately 24,000 with a seating capacity of 17,000. Plans have...

 and is also responsible for Kilkenny inter-county teams in all codes at all levels. The Kilkenny branch of the Gaelic Athletic Association
Gaelic Athletic Association
The Gaelic Athletic Association is an amateur Irish and international cultural and sporting organisation focused primarily on promoting Gaelic games, which include the traditional Irish sports of hurling, camogie, Gaelic football, handball and rounders...

 was founded in 1887.

In hurling
Hurling
Hurling is an outdoor team game of ancient Gaelic origin, administered by the Gaelic Athletic Association, and played with sticks called hurleys and a ball called a sliotar. Hurling is the national game of Ireland. The game has prehistoric origins, has been played for at least 3,000 years, and...

, the dominant sport in the county, Kilkenny compete annually in the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship
All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship
The GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship is an annual hurling competition organised by the Gaelic Athletic Association since 1887 for the top hurling teams in Ireland....

, which they have won thirty-three times, the Leinster Senior Hurling Championship
Leinster Senior Hurling Championship
The Leinster GAA Hurling Championship is an annual hurling competition organised by the Gaelic Athletic Association since 1888 for the top hurling teams in the province of Leinster in Ireland....

, which they have won sixty-six times, and the National Hurling League
National Hurling League
The National Hurling League is an annual hurling competition between the county teams of Ireland. Contested by 35 teams , it operates on a system of promotion and relegation between four different divisions, with Division One...

, which they have won fourteen times. Kilkenny, along with Cork and Tipperary
Tipperary GAA
The Tipperary County Board of the Gaelic Athletic Association or C is one of over 30 regional executive boards throughout the world. These executive boards are known as County Boards even though some no longer correspond to the area under the jurisdiction of the counties from which their names...

, are regarded as 'the Big Three' in the world of hurling. Brian Cody
Brian Cody
Brian Cody is an Irish hurling manager and former player, currently managing the Kilkenny senior inter-county team, where he has been in charge since 1998...

 has been manager of the Kilkenny senior hurling team since 1998. The 2010 senior hurling captain is T. J. Reid
T. J. Reid
T.J. Reid is an Irish sportsperson. He plays hurling with his local club Ballyhale Shamrocks and has been a member of the Kilkenny senior inter-county team since 2008.-Club:...

. The minor team, captained by Cillian Buckley has also had success, winning its 20th All-Ireland title in 2010.

History


Kilkenny is the most successful county ever in the game of hurling, The team has won the All-Ireland Championship
All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship
The GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship is an annual hurling competition organised by the Gaelic Athletic Association since 1887 for the top hurling teams in Ireland....

 32 times as of 2009 and has won the provincial Leinster Championship
Leinster Senior Hurling Championship
The Leinster GAA Hurling Championship is an annual hurling competition organised by the Gaelic Athletic Association since 1888 for the top hurling teams in the province of Leinster in Ireland....

 on 66 occasions as of 2009. Last year (2009) the attendance at the senior county final was 33051 people.

Beginning of the modern era


In 1922 Kilkenny won their sixteenth Leinster title before later lining out in the All-Ireland final against Tipperary
Tipperary GAA
The Tipperary County Board of the Gaelic Athletic Association or C is one of over 30 regional executive boards throughout the world. These executive boards are known as County Boards even though some no longer correspond to the area under the jurisdiction of the counties from which their names...

. In an exciting game Tipp were winning by three points with three minutes to go, but Kilkenny fought back to score two goals to secure the victory. It would be forty-five years before Kilkenny would beat Tipp in the championship again. Further Leinster titles soon followed, however, Galway
Galway GAA
The Galway County Boards of the Gaelic Athletic Association or Galway GAA is one of the 32 county boards of the GAA in Ireland, and is responsible for Gaelic games in County Galway. The county boards are also responsible for the Galway inter-county teams.Unlike all other counties in Ireland,...

 accounted for ‘the Cats’ in the All-Ireland semi-finals. In 1926 Kilkenny faced Cork on a snow-covered Croke Park
Croke Park
Croke Park in Dublin is the principal stadium and headquarters of the Gaelic Athletic Association , Ireland's biggest sporting organisation...

 in the All-Ireland final, however, victory on that occasion went to ‘the Rebels’.

The 1930s proved to be one of Kilkenny’s most successful decades, book-ended by two of the most famous All-Ireland finals of all-time. The 1930s saw ‘the Cats’ battle it out with Limerick
Limerick GAA
The Limerick County Board of the Gaelic Athletic Association or Limerick GAA is one of the 32 county boards of the GAA in Ireland, and is responsible for Gaelic games in County Limerick...

 for the title of team of the decade. In 1931 Kilkenny were back as Leinster champions before squaring up to Cork in the All-Ireland final. At half-time Cork lead, however, Kilkenny fought back to secure a draw. The replay saw Lory Meagher
Lory Meagher
Lorenzo Ignatius Meagher , better known as Lory Meagher, was a famous Irish sportsperson. He played hurling with his local club Tullaroan and was a member of the Kilkenny senior inter-county team from 1924 until 1937...

 give one of his most outstanding displays on the hurling field. Once again Cork lead at half-time, however, Kilkenny fought back to force a second draw. In the third game of the thrilling series Kilkenny were without the heroic services of Meagher. On that occasion Cork secured the victory by seven points. 1932 saw Kilkenny back in the All-Ireland final. Clare
Clare GAA
The Clare County Board of the Gaelic Athletic Association or Clare GAA is one of the 32 county boards of the GAA in Ireland, and is responsible for Gaelic games in County Clare. The county board is also responsible for the Clare inter-county teams....

, surprise winners in Munster, provided the opposition. In an exciting game ‘the Cats’ won by a goal and claimed their first championship in a decade. The following year Kilkenny were back in their third successive championship decider, this time against Limerick. Once again, the game was a close affair; however, Kilkenny won the day to seal back-to-back All-Ireland titles.

In 1935 Kilkenny regained their Leinster crown before lining out in the All-Ireland final. Limerick provided the opposition once again. In a close game Kilkenny beat the Munster men by a single point. 1936 saw an All-Ireland rematch between Kilkenny and Limerick, however, on this occasion Limerick had the measure of ‘the Cats’ and trounced them by 5–6 to 1–5. The following year Kilkenny had a chance to redeem themselevs in their third consecutive championshipd ecider. This time Tipperary were the opponent, however, Kilkenny collapsed on the day and gave Tipp a seventeen-point victory. This looked like the end for the great Kilkenny team of the 1930s, however, two years later in 1939 the team was back in the All-Ireland final. On the day that World War II
World War II
World War II, or the Second World War , was a global conflict lasting from 1939 to 1945, involving most of the world's nations—including all of the great powers—eventually forming two opposing military alliances: the Allies and the Axis...

 broke out ‘the Cats’ took on Cork at Croke Park
Croke Park
Croke Park in Dublin is the principal stadium and headquarters of the Gaelic Athletic Association , Ireland's biggest sporting organisation...

. Both sides were level throughout much of the game, the climax of which was played in a fierce thunderstorm. Terry Leahy was the hero for Kilkenny as he scored the winning point in the dying seconds of the game. Kilkenny were back in the championship decider again in 1940, their fifth in six years. On this occasion an ageing Limerick team faced an ageing Kilkenny team, but it was the Munster men who had the upper hand and claimed the victory.

The early 1940s saw Kilkenny forced to withdraw from the championship because of an outbreak of foot and mouth disease in the county. They regained the Leinster title in 1943, but Antrim
Antrim GAA
The Antrim County Board of the Gaelic Athletic Association or Antrim GAA is one of the 32 county boards of the GAA in Ireland, and is responsible for Gaelic games in County Antrim. The county board is also responsible for the Antrim inter-county teams...

 pulled off the biggest hurling shock of all-time by defeating ‘the Cats’ in the All-Ireland semi-final. Two years later in 1945 Kilkenny faced Tipperary in the All-Ireland final. The Munster men led by a large margin at half-time; Kilkenny fought back but it wasn’t enough to deny Tipp. In 1946 Kilkenny were back in the championship decider, this time taking on Cork. The first-half saw both sides trade the lead on several occasions, however in the second-half Cork scored five goals to deny Kilkenny for the second consecutive occasion. The Cork-Kilkenny rematch took place in the 1947 All-Ireland final, a game many describe as the greatest championship decider of all-time. Cork were aiming to win a sixth All-Ireland title in seven years, while Kilkenny were hoping to avoid being the first team in history to lose three All-Ireland finals in-a-row. ‘The Cats’ were leading for much of the game; however Cork scored two late goals to nearly win the match. Terry Leahy scored the winning point once again for Kilkenny to give the county its thirteenth All-Ireland title.

Lean years


The All-Ireland victory in 1947 ushered in a lean period in Kilkenny hurling that lasted for over a decade. 1950 saw ‘the Cats’ win back the Leinster title, however, they were later beaten by Tipperary
Tipperary GAA
The Tipperary County Board of the Gaelic Athletic Association or C is one of over 30 regional executive boards throughout the world. These executive boards are known as County Boards even though some no longer correspond to the area under the jurisdiction of the counties from which their names...

 in the championship decider as the Munster men completed the second leg of a famous three-in-a-row. Three years later in 1953 Kilkenny were Leinster champions again, however, Galway accounted for them in the All-Ireland semi-final. Four years later in 1957 Kilkenny were provincial masters once again. The subsequent All-Ireland final saw ‘the Cats’ take on Waterford
Waterford GAA
The Waterford County Board of the Gaelic Athletic Association or Waterford GAA is one of the 32 county boards of the GAA in Ireland, and is responsible for all levels of Gaelic games in County Waterford. The County Board is also responsible for the Waterford inter-county teams. The county...

 for the first time in the history of the championship. The men from the Deise led with fifteen minutes left in the match, however, Kilkenny fought back to win by 4–10 to 3–12.

Kilkenny retained the Leinster Cup in 1958, however, in a change to the format of the championship, they were beaten by Tipperary in the All-Ireland semi-final. A third consecutive Leinster title was captured in 1959, however, the All-Ireland final against Waterford ended in a draw. The replay saw a young Eddie Keher
Eddie Keher
Edward Peter Keher , better known as Eddie Keher, is a retired Irish hurling manager and former player. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest players in the history of the game....

 make his debut, however, victory went to Waterford. A National League victory in 1962 gave Kilkenny the impetus to recapture the provincial trophy in 1963. In the All-Ireland final Waterford fought back from being 11-points down, however, ‘the Cats’ won by two points. Victory in the Leinster final in 1964 allowed Kilkenny a straight passage into the All-Ireland final where they were hot favourites to retain the title. Tipp, however, had other ideas and captured the title with a fourteen-point victory. Two years later in 1966 Kilkenny won the National League once again. This was later followed by another provincial title and an appearance in the championship decider. Once again, Kilkenny were red hot favourites over a youthful Cork side, however, youth trumped experience as Cork emerged as the victors. 1967 saw Kilkenny win another Leinster title before lining out in their fourth All-Ireland final of the decade. An ageing Tipp team provided the opposition; however, Kilkenny got goals at vital times and secured a famous victory. It was Kilkenny’s first triumph over Tipp in the championship since 1923.

Greatest team of all-time?


Many supporters of Kilkenny hurling regard the Kilkenny teams from 1969 until 1975 as being the greatest of all-time. That team featured such star players as Eddie Keher
Eddie Keher
Edward Peter Keher , better known as Eddie Keher, is a retired Irish hurling manager and former player. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest players in the history of the game....

, Ollie Walsh
Ollie Walsh
Patrick Oliver Walsh , better known as Ollie Walsh, was an Irish sportsperson. He played hurling with the Kilkenny senior inter-county team from 1956 until 1972 and subsequently served as manager of the team from 1990 until 1995...

, Noel Skehan
Noel Skehan
Noel Skehan is an Irish retired sportsperson. He played hurling with his local Bennettsbridge club and was a member of the Kilkenny senior inter-county team from 1963 and 1985. Skehan is regarded as one of the greatest hurling goalkeepers of all-time.Skehan's status as one of the all-time greats...

, Frank Cummins
Frank Cummins
Frank Cummins is a retired Irish sportsperson. He played hurling at various times with his local clubs Knocktopher in Kilkenny and Blackrock in Cork. Cummins was also a member of the Kilkenny senior inter-county team from the 1968 until 1984...

, Fan Larkin and Pat Henderson
Pat Henderson
Pat Henderson is an Irish retired hurling manager and former player.Regarded as one of the greatest players of his generation, Henderson enjoyed a successful playing career at club level with Fenians and at inter-county level with Kilkenny...

 to name but a few. 1969 saw Kilkenny wrest the Leinster title back from Wexford GAA
Wexford GAA
The Wexford County Board of the Gaelic Athletic Association or Wexford GAA is one of the 32 county boards of the GAA in Ireland, and is responsible for Gaelic games in County Wexford. The county board is also responsible for the Wexford inter-county teams.-History:Hurling has been played in...

 and qualify for an All-Ireland final appearance against Cork GAA. After the surprise defeat in 1966 Kilkenny were out for revenge. The game ended in ‘the Cats’ favour on a score line of 2–15 to 2–9. Wexford recaptured the Leinster title in 1970, however, Kilkenny bounced back with a fantastic team, that captured five provincial titles in-a-row between 1971 and 1975. The team also made five consecutive All-Ireland final appearances during those years, a record which still stands today.

In 1971 Kilkenny faced Tipperary GAA
Tipperary GAA
The Tipperary County Board of the Gaelic Athletic Association or C is one of over 30 regional executive boards throughout the world. These executive boards are known as County Boards even though some no longer correspond to the area under the jurisdiction of the counties from which their names...

 in the championship decider. In the first final broadcast in colour by RTÉ
RTE
RTÉ is the abbreviation for Raidió Teilifís Éireann, the public broadcasting service of the Republic of Ireland.RTE may also refer to:* Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, 25th Prime Minister of Turkey...

, Eddie Keher scored a record 2 goals and 11 points; however, he still ended up on the losing side as Tipp won on a score line of 5–17 to 5–14. 1972 saw the only 80-minute final between Kilkenny and Cork. Cork were in firm control in the second-half and were eight points ahead, however, Kilkenny upped the ante and won the game by seven points. It was a remarkable fifteen-point turnaround in one of the all-time classic games. In 1973 Kilkenny squared up to Limerick GAA
Limerick GAA
The Limerick County Board of the Gaelic Athletic Association or Limerick GAA is one of the 32 county boards of the GAA in Ireland, and is responsible for Gaelic games in County Limerick...

 in the championship decider for the first time since 1940. Injury, illness and emigration saw a depleted Kilkenny team take on the Munster champions and lose their status as All-Ireland champions. 1974 saw a Kilkenny-Limerick rematch. Limerick stormed into an early lead, however, ‘the Cats’ goalpower secured a 12-point win. In 1975 Kilkenny took on a Galway GAA
Galway GAA
The Galway County Boards of the Gaelic Athletic Association or Galway GAA is one of the 32 county boards of the GAA in Ireland, and is responsible for Gaelic games in County Galway. The county boards are also responsible for the Galway inter-county teams.Unlike all other counties in Ireland,...

 side that had stunned Cork in the All-Ireland semi-final. Galway led at half-time, however, the Kilkenny men fought back and secured a 12-point victory once again.

By the time the team won their next Leinster title in 1978, the great team of the early 1970s was breaking up. Kilkenny played Cork in that year’s All-Ireland final; however, the Munster champions were too good for an ageing Kilkenny side and duly captured their third championship in-a-row. 1979 saw an injection of new blood into the team as Kilkenny won their seventh provincial title of the decade. The side later took on and defeated Galway in one of the least memorable finals of the decade.

1980s and 1990s


The early 1980s saw the great Kilkenny team of the 1970s break up as Offaly GAA
Offaly GAA
The Offaly County Board of the Gaelic Athletic Association or Offaly GAA is one of the 32 county boards of the GAA in Ireland, and is responsible for Gaelic games in County Offaly...

 emerged as a new force in Leinster. ‘The Cats’ fought back in 1982 by capturing the National League and the Leinster title. Christy Heffernan
Christy Heffernan
Christy Heffernan is an Irish retired sportsperson. He played hurling with his local club Glenmore and was a member of the Kilkenny senior inter-county team in the 1980s and 1990s. Heffernan is regarded as one of Kilkenny's greatest-ever players.-Club:...

’s two goals in a forty-minute spell gave Kilkenny a victory over Cork GAA in the subsequent All-Ireland final. In 1983 Kilkenny completed what they call ‘the double-double’ as they captured back-to-back League, Leinster and All-Ireland honours. Cork were defeated once again in the championship decider. Kilkenny’s hopes of capturing the three-in-a-row were dashed in the provincial championship of 1984.

Two years later in 1986 ‘the Cats’ captured the National League before reclaiming the Leinster championship title from Offaly, however, the team were defeated by Galway GAA
Galway GAA
The Galway County Boards of the Gaelic Athletic Association or Galway GAA is one of the 32 county boards of the GAA in Ireland, and is responsible for Gaelic games in County Galway. The county boards are also responsible for the Galway inter-county teams.Unlike all other counties in Ireland,...

 in the All-Ireland semi-final. 1987 saw Kilkenny retain their Leinster crown before lining out in another All-Ireland final. An in-form Galway side defeated Kilkenny in a low-scoring encounter. The next three years saw Kilkenny once again cast out into the hurling wilderness, however, the legendary goalkeeper Ollie Walsh
Ollie Walsh
Patrick Oliver Walsh , better known as Ollie Walsh, was an Irish sportsperson. He played hurling with the Kilkenny senior inter-county team from 1956 until 1972 and subsequently served as manager of the team from 1990 until 1995...

 took over as manager at the turn of the decade. A National League title in 1990 was followed by a Leinster title and an All-Ireland final appearance in 1991. Unfortunately, Tipperary GAA
Tipperary GAA
The Tipperary County Board of the Gaelic Athletic Association or C is one of over 30 regional executive boards throughout the world. These executive boards are known as County Boards even though some no longer correspond to the area under the jurisdiction of the counties from which their names...

 defeated Kilkenny for the first time in twenty years to win the final. In 1992 Kilkenny retained their Leinster crown before lining out in the All-Ireland championship decider against Cork. The team played into a strong wind in the first-half; however, they emerged as the victors on a scoreline of 3–10 to 1–12. A third consecutive Leinster title was collected in 1993 before ‘the Cats’ made a third consecutive All-Ireland final appearance. On that occasion Kilkenny retained the Liam McCarthy Cup
Liam McCarthy Cup
The MacCarthy Perpetual Challenge Cup is a trophy awarded annually by the Gaelic Athletic Association to the hurling team that wins the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship.-The trophy:...

 by a margin of five points.

Offaly and Wexford GAA
Wexford GAA
The Wexford County Board of the Gaelic Athletic Association or Wexford GAA is one of the 32 county boards of the GAA in Ireland, and is responsible for Gaelic games in County Wexford. The county board is also responsible for the Wexford inter-county teams.-History:Hurling has been played in...

 reigned supreme in Leinster for the next four years; however, Kilkenny won another National League title in 1995.

The Brian Cody era


Nickey Brennan
Nickey Brennan
Nickey Brennan is a retired Irish sportsperson. He played hurling with his local club Conahy Shamrocks and with the Kilkenny senior inter-county team in the 1970s...

 guided the Kilkenny senior hurlers for two seasons in the mid-1990s; however, he had little success. His successor, Kevin Fennelly
Kevin Fennelly
Kevin Fennelly is a retired Irish hurling manager and former player. He played hurling with his local club Ballyhale Shamrocks and with the Kilkenny senior inter-county team from the late 1970s until the late 1980s. Fennelly later served as Kilkenny Senior hurling manager for the 1998 season, and...

, brought the county back to their winning ways by capturing a Leinster title in 1998 at the expense of Offaly GAA. Offaly later gained their revenge by defeating ‘the Cats’ in the All-Ireland final. Fennelly, in turn, was succeeded by Brian Cody
Brian Cody
Brian Cody is an Irish hurling manager and former player, currently managing the Kilkenny senior inter-county team, where he has been in charge since 1998...

, one of the most successful managers of the modern era, much of his success due to skill, organisation, work-rate and a never say die attitude.

In 1999 Cody guided Kilkenny to a second consecutive Leinster title and a second consecutive All-Ireland final appearance. Cork GAA provided the opposition on that occasion, however, in atrocious weather conditions, Kilkenny were denied once again. In 2000 Kilkenny eased to another Leinster title and a third successive All-Ireland final. The prospect of becoming the first side in history to lose three successive championship deciders was a huge motivating factor. In the end Kilkenny trounced Offaly to take the title. Another Leinster title was added to the collection in 2001 before ‘the Cats’ annexed a National Hurling League
National Hurling League
The National Hurling League is an annual hurling competition between the county teams of Ireland. Contested by 35 teams , it operates on a system of promotion and relegation between four different divisions, with Division One...

 title in 2002 ,/ref>. As Kilkenny began to assert their dominance on the hurling world the team later captured another set of Leinster and All-Ireland titles. In 2003 Kilkenny completed what they call ‘the double-double’ as they captured back-to-back League, Leinster and All-Ireland honours.

In 2004 Kilkenny were aiming to capture an elusive third All-Ireland title in-a-row. The plan came unstuck in the Leinster championship when Wexford GAA brought Kilkenny’s provincial championship run of success to an end. ‘The Cats’ later reached the All-Ireland final; however, Cork pounced and defeated their arch-rivals. 2005 started well with Cody’s side winning National League and Leinster honours, however, their season ended with a defeat by Galway GAA in the All-Ireland semi-final. The following year Kilkenny retained their National League and Leinster titles before reaching the championship decider yet again. Cork, who were attempting to capture their own three-in-a-row, provided the opposition; however, victory went to a superior Kilkenny side. In 2007 ‘the Cats’ won an unprecedented ninth Leinster title from ten campaigns. They later reached the All-Ireland final where they defeated Limerick GAA to win their thirtieth championship title. In 2008 they won the Leinster title before defeating Waterford in the All-Ireland final. This team has been called the best team ever to play the sport. Later in the year Kilkenny went on to win the All-Ireland Under-21 Hurling Championship
All-Ireland Under-21 Hurling Championship
The All-Ireland Under-21 Hurling Championship is the premier "knockout" competition for players aged between 18 and 21 in the game of hurling played in Ireland...

. Combined with the All-Ireland Minor Hurling Championship
All-Ireland Minor Hurling Championship
The GAA Hurling All-Ireland Minor Championship is an annual competition organised by the Gaelic Athletic Association since 1928 for competitors under eighteen years of age in the game of hurling played in Ireland.The series of games are played during the summer months with the All-Ireland final...

 title, the All-Ireland Intermediate Hurling Championship
All-Ireland Intermediate Hurling Championship
The All-Ireland Intermediate Hurling Championship is a hurling competition played between the strong hurling counties of Ireland. In some cases the teams consist of players who are not on the senior squads for their county , or in others of players who are from junior or intermediate clubs...

 title (which is broadly a competition for the second string county teams) and of course the senior title: this marks a quadruple. The achievement was unique and marks a high point in the dominance of hurling by Kilkenny teams. In 2009, Kilkenny's dominance was lessened and it was suggested that they were entering a decline. They saw off an emerging Dublin side in the Leinster final thanks to two goals from Martin Comerford. Nevertheless, they reached the final and secured a four-in-a-row with a five point win over old rivals, Tipperary who mounted a formidable challenge to their crown in an absorbing final which made up for the mis-matches of the two previous years when only token resistance was presented by Limerick and Waterford. Kilkenny became the first team since Cork in the 1940s to do the four in a row. In the past ten all ireland finals, Kilkenny has won 7, Cork 2 and Tipperary 1. This equates to an unparalleled run of success for a county in either hurling or Gaelic football. Brian Cody is tied with Monseignor MaherTommy Maher
Tommy Maher
Monsignor Tommy Maher is a retired Irish hurling coach and former player. He played hurling with his local club Thomastown and with the Kilkenny senior inter-county team in the 1940s...

 on 7 All Ireland hurling title wins as manager. The distinguishing feature is the speed with which Brian Cody has clocked up his 7 successes. In 2010, Kilkenny defeated Galway
Galway GAA
The Galway County Boards of the Gaelic Athletic Association or Galway GAA is one of the 32 county boards of the GAA in Ireland, and is responsible for Gaelic games in County Galway. The county boards are also responsible for the Galway inter-county teams.Unlike all other counties in Ireland,...

 to claim their twelveth Leinster title. They later reached the All-Ireland final where they faced last year's opponents Tipperary
Tipperary GAA
The Tipperary County Board of the Gaelic Athletic Association or C is one of over 30 regional executive boards throughout the world. These executive boards are known as County Boards even though some no longer correspond to the area under the jurisdiction of the counties from which their names...

 however, it was a lot more different then last year as Kilkenny suffered their first defeat in the hurling championship in five years as Tipperary
Tipperary GAA
The Tipperary County Board of the Gaelic Athletic Association or C is one of over 30 regional executive boards throughout the world. These executive boards are known as County Boards even though some no longer correspond to the area under the jurisdiction of the counties from which their names...

 ran out winners 4–17 to 1–18 which Kilkenny never lead at all in the game. It was also Kilkenny's 3rd defeat in an All-Ireland final under Cody.

Honours

  • All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship
    All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship
    The GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship is an annual hurling competition organised by the Gaelic Athletic Association since 1887 for the top hurling teams in Ireland....

    : 33
    • 1904, 1905, 1907, 1909, 1911, 1912, 1913, 1922, 1932, 1933, 1935, 1939, 1947, 1957, 1963, 1967, 1969, 1972, 1974, 1975, 1979, 1982, 1983, 1992, 1993, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011

  • All-Ireland Intermediate Hurling Championship
    All-Ireland Intermediate Hurling Championship
    The All-Ireland Intermediate Hurling Championship is a hurling competition played between the strong hurling counties of Ireland. In some cases the teams consist of players who are not on the senior squads for their county , or in others of players who are from junior or intermediate clubs...

    : 3
    • 1973, 2008, 2010

  • All-Ireland Under-21 Hurling Championship
    All-Ireland Under-21 Hurling Championship
    The All-Ireland Under-21 Hurling Championship is the premier "knockout" competition for players aged between 18 and 21 in the game of hurling played in Ireland...

    s: 11
    • 1974, 1975, 1977, 1984, 1990, 1994, 1999, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2008

  • All-Ireland Minor Hurling Championship
    All-Ireland Minor Hurling Championship
    The GAA Hurling All-Ireland Minor Championship is an annual competition organised by the Gaelic Athletic Association since 1928 for competitors under eighteen years of age in the game of hurling played in Ireland.The series of games are played during the summer months with the All-Ireland final...

    : 20
    • 1931, 1935, 1936, 1950, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1981, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1993, 2002, 2003, 2008, 2010

  • All-Ireland Junior Hurling Championship
    All-Ireland Junior Hurling Championship
    The All-Ireland Junior Hurling Championship was a hurling competition organized by the Gaelic Athletic Association in Ireland. The competition was originally contested by the second teams of the strong counties, and the first teams of the weaker counties...

    s: 9
    • 1928, 1946, 1951, 1956, 1984, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1995

  • All-Ireland Vocational Schools Championship
    All-Ireland Vocational Schools Championship
    The All-Ireland Vocational Schools Championship is a Gaelic Athletic Association football and hurling competition. There are two levels of competition. Individual schools compete for county, provincial and All-Ireland competitions...

    s: 8
    • 1963, 1973, 1972, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1989, 1991

  • National Hurling League
    National Hurling League
    The National Hurling League is an annual hurling competition between the county teams of Ireland. Contested by 35 teams , it operates on a system of promotion and relegation between four different divisions, with Division One...

    : 14
    • 1933, 1962, 1966, 1976, 1982, 1983, 1986, 1990, 1995, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2009

  • Leinster Senior Hurling Championship
    Leinster Senior Hurling Championship
    The Leinster GAA Hurling Championship is an annual hurling competition organised by the Gaelic Athletic Association since 1888 for the top hurling teams in the province of Leinster in Ireland....

    s: 68
    • 1888, 1893, 1895, 1897, 1898, 1900, 1903, 1904, 1905, 1907, 1909, 1911, 1912, 1913, 1916, 1922, 1923, 1925, 1926, 1931, 1932, 1933, 1935, 1936, 1937, 1939, 1940, 1943, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1950, 1953, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1963, 1964, 1966, 1967, 1969, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1978, 1979, 1982, 1983, 1986, 1987, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

  • Leinster Under-21 Hurling Championship
    Leinster Under-21 Hurling Championship
    For the Senior equivalent see: Leinster Senior Hurling ChampionshipThe Leinster U-21 Hurling Championship or for sponsorship reasons the Erin Leinster Under-21 Hurling Championship is an U-21 hurling tournament. The first tournament took place in 1964 when Wexford were crowned champions. Wexford...

    s: 23
    • 1968, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1988, 1990, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1998, 1999, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009

  • Leinster Minor Hurling Championship
    Leinster Minor Hurling Championship
    The ESB Leinster Minor Hurling Championship is the Minor "knockout" competition in the game of Hurling played in the province of Leinster in Ireland. The series of games are organised by the Leinster Council...

    s: 53
    • 1930, 1931, 1932, 1933, 1935, 1936, 1937, 1939, 1942, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1969, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1984, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010

  • Leinster Intermediate Hurling Championship
    Leinster Intermediate Hurling Championship
    The Leinster Intermediate Hurling Championship is an inter county competition between the Intermediate Hurling county teams in the province of Leinster...

    s: 13
    • 1967, 1973, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2011

  • Leinster Junior Hurling Championship
    Leinster Junior Hurling Championship
    The Leinster Junior Hurling Championship is a junior "knockout" competition in the game of Hurling played in the province of Leinster in Ireland...

    s: 25
    • 1909, 1911, 1913, 1916, 1928, 1930, 1935, 1939, 1941, 1946, 1949, 1951, 1956, 1958, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2002

  • Kehoe Cup
    Kehoe Cup
    The Kehoe Cup is an annual hurling competition organised by the Leinster Council of the Gaelic Athletic Association since 1977 for inter-county and third-level hurling teams in the province of Leinster in Ireland. The Kehoe Cup is named after Michael Kehoe , former GAA President and Chairman of...

    : 1
    • 1980

  • Walsh Cup
    Walsh Cup (hurling)
    The Walsh Cup is an annual hurling competition organised by the Leinster Council of the Gaelic Athletic Association since 1954 for the top inter-county and third-level hurling teams in the province of Leinster in Ireland. The cup was named after Tom Walsh , Chairman of the Leinster Council...

    : 16
    • 1955, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1970, 1973, 1974, 1988, 1989, 1992, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009

Records

  • Most All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship
    All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship
    The GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship is an annual hurling competition organised by the Gaelic Athletic Association since 1887 for the top hurling teams in Ireland....

     Titles: 33

  • Most All-Ireland Under-21 Hurling Championship
    All-Ireland Under-21 Hurling Championship
    The All-Ireland Under-21 Hurling Championship is the premier "knockout" competition for players aged between 18 and 21 in the game of hurling played in Ireland...

     Titles: 11 [tied Cork]

  • Most All-Ireland Minor Hurling Championship
    All-Ireland Minor Hurling Championship
    The GAA Hurling All-Ireland Minor Championship is an annual competition organised by the Gaelic Athletic Association since 1928 for competitors under eighteen years of age in the game of hurling played in Ireland.The series of games are played during the summer months with the All-Ireland final...

     Titles: 20

  • Most Provincial Senior Hurling Championship Titles: 67

  • Most Provincial U21 Hurling Championship Titles: 23

  • Most Provincial Minor Hurling Championship Titles: 52

  • Most Provincial Intermediate Hurling Championship Titles: 13

  • Longest Unbeaten Hurling Championship Run: 21 Games

  • All-time top scorer All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship: Eddie Keher – 36–307 (415pts)

  • Highest score in All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship final: 3–30 (2008 v Waterford) [tied Cork 1970]

Current Panel

Name Position Club Age Apps Goals Points
P.J. Ryan Goalkeeper Fenians
Fenians Johnstown GAA
Fenians Johnstown is an Irish Gaelic Athletic Association club in County Kilkenny, Ireland. Hurling is the dominant sport in the club, which has provided the Kilkenny intercounty team with several top players...

32 11 0 0
David Herrity Goalkeeper Dunnamaggin
Dunnamaggin GAA
Dunnamaggin is a Gaelic Athletic Association club situated in the south of County Kilkenny, Ireland. The club was founded in 1897, but had to wait ninety-four years for its first senior county title, taking home the junior trophy in 1994....

25 0 0 0
Michael Kavanagh
Michael Kavanagh
Michael Kavanagh is an Irish sportsperson. He plays hurling with his local club St. Lachtain's and has a member of the Kilkenny senior inter-county team since 1998.-Biography:...

Full Back St.Lachtains 30 40 0 1
Noel Hickey
Noel Hickey
Noel Hickey is an Irish hurler who played currently plays as a full-back for the Kilkenny senior team.Regarded as one of the greatest players of his generation, Hickey made his first appearance for the team during the 2000 championship and immediately became the first-choice full-back...

Full Back Dunnamaggin
Dunnamaggin GAA
Dunnamaggin is a Gaelic Athletic Association club situated in the south of County Kilkenny, Ireland. The club was founded in 1897, but had to wait ninety-four years for its first senior county title, taking home the junior trophy in 1994....

28 35 0 0
Jackie Tyrell Full Back James Stephens 27 18 0 1
John Dalton
John Dalton (hurler)
John Dalton is an Irish hurler who currently plays as a substitute corner-back for the Kilkenny senior team.Dalton joined the team during the 2006 championship, however, it took two years before he became a regular member of the starting fifteen...

Full Back Carrickshock
Carrickshock GAA
Carrickshock is an Irish Gaelic Athletic Association club situated in the south of County Kilkenny, Ireland. The club was founded in 1928 when the teams from Hugginstown and Knockmoylan were amalgamated....

24 6 0 0
Donnacha Cody
Donnacha Cody
Donnacha Cody is an Irish sportsperson. He plays hurling with his local club James Stephens and was a member of the Kilkenny senior inter-county team from 2006 until 2008....

Full Back James Stephens 23 0 0 0
Seán Cummins Full Back Rower-Inistioge
Rower-Inistioge GAA
Rower-Inistioge GAA is a Gaelic Athletic Association club located in the Inistioge area of County Kilkenny, Ireland. The club is almost exclusively concerned with hurling.-History:...

23 1 0 0
Tommy Walsh
Tommy Walsh (hurler)
Tommy Walsh is an Irish hurler who currently plays as a right wing-back for the Kilkenny senior team. He joined the team during the 2002 championship and became a regular member of the starting fifteen the following year....

Half Back Tullaroan
Tullaroan GAA
Tullaroan is a Gaelic Athletic Association club located in the village of Tullaroan in County Kilkenny, Ireland. The club was founded in 1884 and is primarily concerned with the game of hurling. Tullaroan is the most successful club in the history of the Kilkenny Senior Hurling...

26 31 1 28
Brian Hogan
Brian Hogan
Brian Hogan is an Irish hurler who currently plays as a centre-back for the Kilkenny senior team.Hogan made his first appearance for the team during the 2004 championship and has become a regular player over the last few seasons. During that time he has won four All-Ireland winner's medals, four...

Half Back O'Loughlin Gaels
O'Loughlin Gaels GAA
O'Loughlin Gaels is a Gaelic Athletic Association club situated in the St. John’s parish of Kilkenny city, County Kilkenny, Ireland. The club was founded in 1969, replacing the St. John’s Hurling Club that started back in 1887....

27 12 0 1
J. J. Delaney Half Back Fenians
Fenians Johnstown GAA
Fenians Johnstown is an Irish Gaelic Athletic Association club in County Kilkenny, Ireland. Hurling is the dominant sport in the club, which has provided the Kilkenny intercounty team with several top players...

27 37 0 1
John Tennyson
John Tennyson
John Tennyson is an Irish sportsperson. He plays hurling with his local club Carrickshock and with the Kilkenny senior inter-county team.- Early life :...

Half Back Carrickshock
Carrickshock GAA
Carrickshock is an Irish Gaelic Athletic Association club situated in the south of County Kilkenny, Ireland. The club was founded in 1928 when the teams from Hugginstown and Knockmoylan were amalgamated....

24 14 0 0
James Ryall
James Ryall
James Ryall is an Irish sportsperson. He plays hurling with his local club Graigue-Ballycallan and was a member of the Kilkenny senior inter-county team from 2002 to 2010.-Biography:James Ryall was born in Ballycallan, County Kilkenny in 1980...

Half Back Graigue-Ballycallan
Graigue-Ballycallan GAA
Graigue-Ballycallan is a Gaelic Athletic Association club situated in County Kilkenny, Ireland. The club has enjoyed success at county and provincial level, and several players from the club have gone on to play a part in the Kilkenny intercounty team. The catchment area for the club is the...

28 20 0 0
P. J. Delaney
P. J. Delaney
P. J. Delaney is an Irish sportsperson. He plays hurling with his local club Fenians and has been a member of the Kilkenny senior inter-county team since 2006.-References:...

Half back Fenians
Fenians Johnstown GAA
Fenians Johnstown is an Irish Gaelic Athletic Association club in County Kilkenny, Ireland. Hurling is the dominant sport in the club, which has provided the Kilkenny intercounty team with several top players...

24 1 0 0
Michael Fennelly
Michael Fennelly (hurler)
Michael Fennelly is an Irish sportsperson. He plays hurling with his local club Ballyhale Shamrocks and has been a member of the Kilkenny senior inter-county team since 2006...

Midfield Ballyhale Shamrocks
Ballyhale Shamrocks GAA
Ballyhale Shamrocks is a Gaelic Athletic Association club located in the parish of Ballyhale in County Kilkenny, Ireland. The club was founded in 1972 and is primarily concerned with the game of hurling...

24 7 0 3
Michael Rice Half Forward Carrickshock
Carrickshock GAA
Carrickshock is an Irish Gaelic Athletic Association club situated in the south of County Kilkenny, Ireland. The club was founded in 1928 when the teams from Hugginstown and Knockmoylan were amalgamated....

25 9 0 7
Derek Lyng
Derek Lyng
Derek Lyng is an Irish sportsperson. He plays hurling with his local club called Emeralds and was a member of the Kilkenny senior inter-county team from 2001 to 2010.-Club:...

Midfield Emeralds 31 32 0 30
James Fitzpatrick Midfield Ballyhale Shamrocks
Ballyhale Shamrocks GAA
Ballyhale Shamrocks is a Gaelic Athletic Association club located in the parish of Ballyhale in County Kilkenny, Ireland. The club was founded in 1972 and is primarily concerned with the game of hurling...

24 18 1 32
Martin Comerford
Martin Comerford
Martin Comerford is an Irish sportsperson. He plays hurling with his local club O'Loughlin Gaels and was a member of the Kilkenny senior inter-county team from 2002 until 2010.-References:-Teams:...

Half Forward O'Loughlin Gaels
O'Loughlin Gaels GAA
O'Loughlin Gaels is a Gaelic Athletic Association club situated in the St. John’s parish of Kilkenny city, County Kilkenny, Ireland. The club was founded in 1969, replacing the St. John’s Hurling Club that started back in 1887....

31 38 0 0
Eoin Larkin
Eoin Larkin
Eoin Larkin is an Irish sportsperson. He plays hurling with his local club James Stephens and has been a member of the Kilkenny senior inter-county team since 2005...

Half Forward James Stephens 26 18 3 38
Henry Shefflin
Henry Shefflin
Henry Shefflin is an Irish sportsperson. He plays hurling with his local club Ballyhale Shamrocks and has been a member of the Kilkenny senior inter-county team since 1999...

Half Forward Ballyhale Shamrocks
Ballyhale Shamrocks GAA
Ballyhale Shamrocks is a Gaelic Athletic Association club located in the parish of Ballyhale in County Kilkenny, Ireland. The club was founded in 1972 and is primarily concerned with the game of hurling...

31 57 23 390
T.J. Reid Half Forward Ballyhale Shamrocks
Ballyhale Shamrocks GAA
Ballyhale Shamrocks is a Gaelic Athletic Association club located in the parish of Ballyhale in County Kilkenny, Ireland. The club was founded in 1972 and is primarily concerned with the game of hurling...

23 10 0 14
Willie O'Dwyer
Willie O'Dwyer
Willie O'Dwyer is an Irish sportsperson from Mullinavat, County Kilkenny, Ireland. He plays hurling with his local club Mullinavat and with the Kilkenny senior inter-county team.-Playing career:...

Half Forward Mullinavat 25 9 2 6
Aidan Fogarty
Aidan Fogarty
Aidan Fogarty is an Irish sportsperson. He plays hurling with his local club Emeralds and with the Kilkenny senior inter-county team.-Club:...

Full Forward Emeralds 28 9 2 8
Richie Power
Richie Power (1985)
Richard "Richie" Power is an Irish sportsperson. He plays hurling with his local club Carrickshock and has been a member of the Kilkenny senior inter-county team since 2005.-Club:...

Full Forward Carrickshock
Carrickshock GAA
Carrickshock is an Irish Gaelic Athletic Association club situated in the south of County Kilkenny, Ireland. The club was founded in 1928 when the teams from Hugginstown and Knockmoylan were amalgamated....

24 13 3 21
Eddie Brennan
Eddie Brennan
Eddie Brennan is an Irish sportsperson. He plays hurling with his local club Graigue-Ballycallan and has been a member of the Kilkenny senior inter-county team since 2000.-Biography:...

Full Forward Graigue-Ballycallan
Graigue-Ballycallan GAA
Graigue-Ballycallan is a Gaelic Athletic Association club situated in County Kilkenny, Ireland. The club has enjoyed success at county and provincial level, and several players from the club have gone on to play a part in the Kilkenny intercounty team. The catchment area for the club is the...

30 44 26 65
Eoin Reid
Eoin Reid
Eoin Reid is an Irish sportsperson. He plays hurling with his local club Ballyhale Shamrocks and has been a member of the Kilkenny senior inter-county team since 2006. Reid has been appointed vice-captain of the Kilkenny senior hurling team for 2010, while his brother T. J...

Full Forward Ballyhale Shamrocks
Ballyhale Shamrocks GAA
Ballyhale Shamrocks is a Gaelic Athletic Association club located in the parish of Ballyhale in County Kilkenny, Ireland. The club was founded in 1972 and is primarily concerned with the game of hurling...

24 1 0 0
Richie Hogan
Richie Hogan
Richard "Richie" Hogan is an Irish sportsperson. He plays hurling with his local club Danesfort and has been a member of the Kilkenny senior inter-county team since 2008....

Full Forward Danesfort 21 2 0 1
Michael Grace
Michael Grace
Michael Grace is the name of:* Michael P. Grace , international businessman* Mike Grace , former Major League Baseball third baseman* Mike Grace , former Major League Baseball pitcher...

Full Forward Rower-Inistioge
Rower-Inistioge GAA
Rower-Inistioge GAA is a Gaelic Athletic Association club located in the Inistioge area of County Kilkenny, Ireland. The club is almost exclusively concerned with hurling.-History:...

26 0 0 0
John Mulhall
John Mulhall
John Mulhall is an Irish hurler who currently plays as a corner-forward for the Kilkenny senior team.Mulhall made his first appearance for the team during the 2010 championship and has become a regular impact sub over the last few seasons...

Badger Muckalee 25 0 0 0

Current Management

Name Position Club
Brian Cody
Brian Cody
Brian Cody is an Irish hurling manager and former player, currently managing the Kilkenny senior inter-county team, where he has been in charge since 1998...

Manager James Stephens
Martin Fogarty Selector Erins Own
Erin's Own GAA (Kilkenny)
Erin's Own Gaelic Athletic Association was founded in 1885 and since then has been the main sporting organization in the Castlecomer area in County Kilkenny, Ireland....

Michael Dempsey Selector St.Martin's
St. Martin's GAA
St. Martin's are a Gaelic Athletic Association Club based in the Ballyfoyle/Coon/Muckalee area of County Kilkenny, Ireland.-History:The club was formed in 1982 following an amalgamation of the clubs in the parishes Muckalee/Ballyfoyle Rangers and Coon...


Notable Managers


For a more detailed list of Kilkenny Managers
  • Fr. Tommy Maher
    Tommy Maher
    Monsignor Tommy Maher is a retired Irish hurling coach and former player. He played hurling with his local club Thomastown and with the Kilkenny senior inter-county team in the 1940s...

  • Pat Henderson
    Pat Henderson
    Pat Henderson is an Irish retired hurling manager and former player.Regarded as one of the greatest players of his generation, Henderson enjoyed a successful playing career at club level with Fenians and at inter-county level with Kilkenny...

  • Ollie Walsh
    Ollie Walsh
    Patrick Oliver Walsh , better known as Ollie Walsh, was an Irish sportsperson. He played hurling with the Kilkenny senior inter-county team from 1956 until 1972 and subsequently served as manager of the team from 1990 until 1995...

  • Brian Cody
    Brian Cody
    Brian Cody is an Irish hurling manager and former player, currently managing the Kilkenny senior inter-county team, where he has been in charge since 1998...


Notable Players


For a more detailed list of Kilkenny Hurlers
  • Paddy Buggy
    Paddy Buggy
    Paddy Buggy is a retired Irish sportsperson. He played hurling with his local club Slieverue and was a member of the Kilkenny senior inter-county team from 1949 until 1960. Buggy later served as President of the Gaelic Athletic Association from 1982 until 1985.-Club:Buggy played his club hurling...

  • Eddie Keher
    Eddie Keher
    Edward Peter Keher , better known as Eddie Keher, is a retired Irish hurling manager and former player. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest players in the history of the game....

  • Jim Langton
    Jim Langton
    Jim Langton was an Irish sportsperson. He played hurling with his local club Éire Óg and with the Kilkenny senior inter-county team from 1939 until 1954. Langton's inclusion on the GAA Hurling Team of the Millennium mark him out as one of the greatest players of all-time.-Club:Langton played his...

  • Liam 'Chunky' O'Brien
  • Lory Meagher
    Lory Meagher
    Lorenzo Ignatius Meagher , better known as Lory Meagher, was a famous Irish sportsperson. He played hurling with his local club Tullaroan and was a member of the Kilkenny senior inter-county team from 1924 until 1937...

  • Jimmy Walsh
  • Paddy Phelan
    Paddy Phelan
    Paddy Phelan was an Irish sportsperson. He played hurling with his local club Tullaroan and with the Kilkenny senior inter-county team in the 1930s. He is regarded as one of the greatest players of all-time.-Club:...

  • Paddy Larkin
    Paddy Larkin
    Paddy Larkin was a famous Irish sportsperson. He played hurling with his local club James Stephens and with the Kilkenny senior inter-county team from 1931 until 1943.-Biography:Paddy Larkin was born and raised in locally named 'village' area of Kilkenny...

  • Ollie Walsh
    Ollie Walsh
    Patrick Oliver Walsh , better known as Ollie Walsh, was an Irish sportsperson. He played hurling with the Kilkenny senior inter-county team from 1956 until 1972 and subsequently served as manager of the team from 1990 until 1995...

  • Pa Dillon
    Pa Dillon
    Pa Dillon is an Irish retired sportsperson. He played hurling with his local club St. Lachtain's and was a member of the Kilkenny senior inter-county team from 1964 until 1972. Dillon is regarded as one of Kilkenny's greatest-ever players.-Club:Dillon played his club hurling with the St...

  • Phil Larkin
    Phil Larkin
    Phil 'Fan' Larkin is a retired Irish hurling manager and former player. He played hurling his local club James Stephens and was a member of the Kilkenny senior inter-county team from 1963 until 1979...

  • Pat Henderson
    Pat Henderson
    Pat Henderson is an Irish retired hurling manager and former player.Regarded as one of the greatest players of his generation, Henderson enjoyed a successful playing career at club level with Fenians and at inter-county level with Kilkenny...

  • Ger Fennelly
    Ger Fennelly
    Ger Fennelly is a retired Irish sportsperson. He played hurling with his local club Ballyhale Shamrocks and was a member of the Kilkenny senior inter-county team from 1974 until 1989. Fennelly captained Kilkenny to the All-Ireland title in 1979.-Biography:Ger Fennelly was born in Piltown, County...

  • Noel Skehan
    Noel Skehan
    Noel Skehan is an Irish retired sportsperson. He played hurling with his local Bennettsbridge club and was a member of the Kilkenny senior inter-county team from 1963 and 1985. Skehan is regarded as one of the greatest hurling goalkeepers of all-time.Skehan's status as one of the all-time greats...

  • Frank Cummins
    Frank Cummins
    Frank Cummins is a retired Irish sportsperson. He played hurling at various times with his local clubs Knocktopher in Kilkenny and Blackrock in Cork. Cummins was also a member of the Kilkenny senior inter-county team from the 1968 until 1984...

  • Joe Hennessy
    Joe Hennessy
    Joe Hennessy is a former Irish sportsperson. He played hurling with the Kilkenny senior inter-county team from 1976 until 1988.-Early life:...

  • Liam Fennelly
    Liam Fennelly
    Liam Fennelly is an Irish retired sportsperson. He played hurling with his local club Ballyhale Shamrocks and was a member of the Kilkenny senior inter-county team from 1981 until 1992.-Biography:...

  • Willie O'Connor
    Willie O'Connor
    Willie O’Connor is an Irish retired sportsperson. He played hurling with his local club Glenmore and was a member of the Kilkenny senior inter-county team from 1988 until 2001...

  • D.J. Carey
  • Charlie Carter
    Charlie Carter
    Charles "Charlie" Carter born 1970) is a former Irish sportsperson. He still plays his club hurling with his local Young Irelands GAA Club and played with the Kilkenny senior inter-county team in the 1990s and 2000s.-Club:...

  • Peter Barry
    Peter Barry (hurler)
    Peter Barry is an Irish sportsman. He plays hurling with his local club James Stephens and is a former member of the Kilkenny senior inter-county team.-Club:...

  • Henry Shefflin
    Henry Shefflin
    Henry Shefflin is an Irish sportsperson. He plays hurling with his local club Ballyhale Shamrocks and has been a member of the Kilkenny senior inter-county team since 1999...

  • Martin Comerford
    Martin Comerford
    Martin Comerford is an Irish sportsperson. He plays hurling with his local club O'Loughlin Gaels and was a member of the Kilkenny senior inter-county team from 2002 until 2010.-References:-Teams:...

  • Noel Hickey
    Noel Hickey
    Noel Hickey is an Irish hurler who played currently plays as a full-back for the Kilkenny senior team.Regarded as one of the greatest players of his generation, Hickey made his first appearance for the team during the 2000 championship and immediately became the first-choice full-back...

  • Michael Kavanagh
    Michael Kavanagh
    Michael Kavanagh is an Irish sportsperson. He plays hurling with his local club St. Lachtain's and has a member of the Kilkenny senior inter-county team since 1998.-Biography:...

  • Eddie Brennan
    Eddie Brennan
    Eddie Brennan is an Irish sportsperson. He plays hurling with his local club Graigue-Ballycallan and has been a member of the Kilkenny senior inter-county team since 2000.-Biography:...

  • JJ Delaney
  • Derek Lyng
    Derek Lyng
    Derek Lyng is an Irish sportsperson. He plays hurling with his local club called Emeralds and was a member of the Kilkenny senior inter-county team from 2001 to 2010.-Club:...

  • Tommy Walsh
    Tommy Walsh (hurler)
    Tommy Walsh is an Irish hurler who currently plays as a right wing-back for the Kilkenny senior team. He joined the team during the 2002 championship and became a regular member of the starting fifteen the following year....

  • James 'Cha' Fitzpatrick
  • Richie Power Snr
  • Richie Power Jnr
  • Jackie Tyrrell
    Jackie Tyrrell
    Jackie Tyrrell is an Irish hurler who played as a left corner-back for the Kilkenny senior team.Tyrrell made his first appearance for the team during the 2005 championship and immediately became the first-choice left corner-back...

  • Philly Larkin
    Philly Larkin
    Philip "Philly" Larkin is an Irish sportsperson. He plays hurling with his local club James Stephens and was a member of the Kilkenny senior inter-county team from 1996 until 2003.-Biography:...

  • Eoin Larkin
    Eoin Larkin
    Eoin Larkin is an Irish sportsperson. He plays hurling with his local club James Stephens and has been a member of the Kilkenny senior inter-county team since 2005...

  • John Tennyson
    John Tennyson
    John Tennyson is an Irish sportsperson. He plays hurling with his local club Carrickshock and with the Kilkenny senior inter-county team.- Early life :...

  • Eddie O'Connor
    Eddie O'Connor
    Eddie O’Connor is retired Irish sportsperson. He played hurling with his local club Glenmore and with the Kilkenny senior inter-county team in the 1980s and 1990s.-Early life:...

  • Michael Walsh
    Michael Walsh (Kilkenny hurler)
    Michael Walsh is a former Irish sportsperson. He was the goalkeeper on the Kilkenny senior hurling team from 1991 until 1996.-Club:...

  • James McGarry
    James McGarry
    James McGarry is an Irish sportsperson. He plays hurling with his local club Bennettsbridge and was a member of the Kilkenny senior inter-county team from 1999 to 2008.-Club:...

  • PJ Ryan

  • Players Records

    Multi All Ireland Senior winners (hurling)
    Medals Players
    9
    Noel Skehan
    Noel Skehan
    Noel Skehan is an Irish retired sportsperson. He played hurling with his local Bennettsbridge club and was a member of the Kilkenny senior inter-county team from 1963 and 1985. Skehan is regarded as one of the greatest hurling goalkeepers of all-time.Skehan's status as one of the all-time greats...

     (3 as a sub)
    8
    Frank Cummins
    Frank Cummins
    Frank Cummins is a retired Irish sportsperson. He played hurling at various times with his local clubs Knocktopher in Kilkenny and Blackrock in Cork. Cummins was also a member of the Kilkenny senior inter-county team from the 1968 until 1984...

     (1 as a sub), Eddie Brennan
    Eddie Brennan
    Eddie Brennan is an Irish sportsperson. He plays hurling with his local club Graigue-Ballycallan and has been a member of the Kilkenny senior inter-county team since 2000.-Biography:...

    , Noel Hickey
    Noel Hickey
    Noel Hickey is an Irish hurler who played currently plays as a full-back for the Kilkenny senior team.Regarded as one of the greatest players of his generation, Hickey made his first appearance for the team during the 2000 championship and immediately became the first-choice full-back...

     (1 as a sub), Michael Kavanagh
    Michael Kavanagh
    Michael Kavanagh is an Irish sportsperson. He plays hurling with his local club St. Lachtain's and has a member of the Kilkenny senior inter-county team since 1998.-Biography:...

     (1 as a sub), Henry Shefflin
    Henry Shefflin
    Henry Shefflin is an Irish sportsperson. He plays hurling with his local club Ballyhale Shamrocks and has been a member of the Kilkenny senior inter-county team since 1999...

    7
    Dick Doyle
    Dick Doyle (Kilkenny hurler)
    Dick Doyle was a famous Irish sportsperson who played hurling for Mooncoin and Kilkenny in the 1900s. He is regarded as one of Kilkenny's greatest ever players.- Club :...

    , Jack Rochford
    Jack Rochford
    Jack Rochford was an Irish hurler who played as a full-back for the Kilkenny senior team from 1902 until 1916....

    , Dick Walsh
    Dick Walsh
    Richard Walsh , better known as Dick 'Drug' Walsh, was a famous Irish sportsperson. He played hurling with his local club Mooncoin and with the Kilkenny senior inter-county team in the early years of the 20th century. Walsh captained Kilkenny to three All-Ireland titles in 1907, 1909 and...

    , Sim Walton
    Sim Walton
    Simon 'Sim' Walton was a famous Irish sportsperson. He played hurling with his local club Tullaroan and with the Kilkenny senior inter-county team in the first two decades of the 20th century. Walton captained Kilkenny to the All-Ireland title in 1912.Waltons’s status as one of Kilkenny’s...

    6
    Martin Comerford
    Martin Comerford
    Martin Comerford is an Irish sportsperson. He plays hurling with his local club O'Loughlin Gaels and was a member of the Kilkenny senior inter-county team from 2002 until 2010.-References:-Teams:...

    , Ned Doyle, Paddy Lanigan
    Paddy Lanigan
    Paddy 'Icy' Lanigan was an Irish hurler who played as a goalkeeper for the Kilkenny senior team from 1904 until 1914.Lanigan made his first appearance for the team during the 1904 championship and became a regular player over the next decade...

    , Matt Gargan
    Matt Gargan
    Matt Gargan was a famous Irish sportsperson who played hurling with the Kilkenny. In a senior inter-county career that lasted from 1905 until 1917 he won six All-Ireland titles and five Leinster titles.-Teams:...

    , Eddie Keher
    Eddie Keher
    Edward Peter Keher , better known as Eddie Keher, is a retired Irish hurling manager and former player. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest players in the history of the game....

    , Jimmy Kelly , Dan Kennedy
    Dan Kennedy
    Daniel Kennedy may refer to:*Daniel Kennedy , American actor*Daniel Kennedy , judge and former politician in Manitoba, Canada*Dan Kennedy , American goalkeeper...

    , Derek Lyng
    Derek Lyng
    Derek Lyng is an Irish sportsperson. He plays hurling with his local club called Emeralds and was a member of the Kilkenny senior inter-county team from 2001 to 2010.-Club:...

    , J.J. Delaney
    J.J. Delaney
    J.J. Delaney is an Irish sportsperson. He plays hurling with his local club Fenians and has been a member of the Kilkenny senior inter-county team since 2001.-Biography:...

    , Tommy Walsh
    Tommy Walsh (hurler)
    Tommy Walsh is an Irish hurler who currently plays as a right wing-back for the Kilkenny senior team. He joined the team during the 2002 championship and became a regular member of the starting fifteen the following year....

    5
    D. J. Carey
    D. J. Carey
    Denis Joseph Carey , better known as D.J. Carey , is a retired Irish sportsperson. He played hurling with his local club Young Irelands from 1988 until 2007 and was a member of the Kilkenny senior inter-county team from 1990 until 2005...

    , Dick Doherty
    Dick Doherty
    Dick Doherty was a famous Irish sportsperson. He played hurling with his local club Mooncoin and with the Kilkenny senior inter-county team from 1906 until 1913....

    , Mick Doyle
    Mick Doyle (hurler)
    Mick Doyle was a famous Irish sportsperson. He played hurling with his local club Mooncoin and with the Kilkenny senior inter-county team from 1907 until 1916....

    , Dick Grace
    Dick Grace
    Dick Grace was born in Morris, Minnesota and was an early stunt pilot who specialised in crashing planes for films. Grace was one of the few stunt pilots who died of old age. He was the author of several books including Squadron of Death, Crash Pilot, I am still alive, and Visibility Unlimited...

    , Pat Henderson
    Pat Henderson
    Pat Henderson is an Irish retired hurling manager and former player.Regarded as one of the greatest players of his generation, Henderson enjoyed a successful playing career at club level with Fenians and at inter-county level with Kilkenny...

    , Jack Keoghan
    Jack Keoghan
    Jack Keoghan was a famous Irish sportsperson. He played hurling with his local club Tullaroan and with the Kilkenny senior inter-county team from 1907 until 1914.-Club:...

    , Phil Larkin
    Phil Larkin
    Phil 'Fan' Larkin is a retired Irish hurling manager and former player. He played hurling his local club James Stephens and was a member of the Kilkenny senior inter-county team from 1963 until 1979...

     , James McGarry
    James McGarry
    James McGarry is an Irish sportsperson. He plays hurling with his local club Bennettsbridge and was a member of the Kilkenny senior inter-county team from 1999 to 2008.-Club:...

    , Matty Power
    Matty Power
    Matty Power was a famous Irish sportsperson. He played hurling at various times with his local clubs Dicksboro and Garda. Power was also a member of the Kilkenny and Dublin senior inter-county team in the 1920s and 1930s. He is regarded as one of Kilkenny’s greatest-ever...

     (1 w/ Dublin), James 'Cha' Fitzpatrick (2 as a sub), Aidan Fogarty
    Aidan Fogarty
    Aidan Fogarty is an Irish sportsperson. He plays hurling with his local club Emeralds and with the Kilkenny senior inter-county team.-Club:...

     (1 as a sub), Brian Hogan
    Brian Hogan
    Brian Hogan is an Irish hurler who currently plays as a centre-back for the Kilkenny senior team.Hogan made his first appearance for the team during the 2004 championship and has become a regular player over the last few seasons. During that time he has won four All-Ireland winner's medals, four...

     (1 as a sub), Eoin Larkin
    Eoin Larkin
    Eoin Larkin is an Irish sportsperson. He plays hurling with his local club James Stephens and has been a member of the Kilkenny senior inter-county team since 2005...

    , Richie Power
    Richie Power (1985)
    Richard "Richie" Power is an Irish sportsperson. He plays hurling with his local club Carrickshock and has been a member of the Kilkenny senior inter-county team since 2005.-Club:...

    , John Tennyson
    John Tennyson
    John Tennyson is an Irish sportsperson. He plays hurling with his local club Carrickshock and with the Kilkenny senior inter-county team.- Early life :...

     (2 as a sub), M. Fennelly
    Michael Fennelly (hurler)
    Michael Fennelly is an Irish sportsperson. He plays hurling with his local club Ballyhale Shamrocks and has been a member of the Kilkenny senior inter-county team since 2006...

     (2 as a sub)
    4
    J.J. Brennan
    J.J. Brennan
    J.J. Brennan was a famous Irish sportsperson who played hurling with Kilkenny. In a senior inter-county career that lasted from 1905 until 1914 he won four All-Ireland titles and four Leinster titles....

    , Martin Coogan
    Martin Coogan
    Martin Coogan is a retired Irish sportsperson. He played hurling with his local club Castlecomer and with the Kilkenny senior inter-county team from 1961 until 1973.-Inter-county:...

    , Mick Crotty
    Mick Crotty
    Mick Crotty is a former Irish sportsperson. He played hurling with his local club James Stephens and with the Kilkenny senior inter-county team in the 1970s.-Club:...

    , Christy Heffernan
    Christy Heffernan
    Christy Heffernan is an Irish retired sportsperson. He played hurling with his local club Glenmore and was a member of the Kilkenny senior inter-county team in the 1980s and 1990s. Heffernan is regarded as one of Kilkenny's greatest-ever players.-Club:...

    , Paddy Larkin
    Paddy Larkin
    Paddy Larkin was a famous Irish sportsperson. He played hurling with his local club James Stephens and with the Kilkenny senior inter-county team from 1931 until 1943.-Biography:Paddy Larkin was born and raised in locally named 'village' area of Kilkenny...

    , Paddy Moran
    Paddy Moran (hurler)
    Paddy Moran is an Irish retired sportsperson. He played hurling with his local club Bennettsbridge and was a member of the Kilkenny senior inter-county team from 1963 until 1972.-Early life:...

    , Liam O'Brien
    Liam O'Brien (hurler)
    -Teams:...

    , Paddy Phelan
    Paddy Phelan
    Paddy Phelan was an Irish sportsperson. He played hurling with his local club Tullaroan and with the Kilkenny senior inter-county team in the 1930s. He is regarded as one of the greatest players of all-time.-Club:...

    , John Power
    John Power (hurler)
    John Power is a former Irish sportsperson who played hurling with his local club John Lockes and Kilkenny from 1986 to 2004. In that time, he won four All-Ireland titles and two All Star awards, as well as having the honour of being included on the Kilkenny Hurling Team of the Century...

     , John T. Power
    John T. Power
    John T. Power was an Irish sportsperson. He played hurling with his local club Piltown and with the Kilkenny senior inter-county team from 1907 until 1925. Power's lifetime spanned the entire history of the Gaelic Athletic Association....

    , Jim Treacy
    Jim Treacy
    Jim Treacy is an Irish retired sportsperson. He played hurling with his local club Bennettsbridge and was a member of the Kilkenny senior inter-county team from 1963 until 1975...

    , Jackie Tyrrell
    Jackie Tyrrell
    Jackie Tyrrell is an Irish hurler who played as a left corner-back for the Kilkenny senior team.Tyrrell made his first appearance for the team during the 2005 championship and immediately became the first-choice left corner-back...

    , Jimmy Walsh, Ollie Walsh
    Ollie Walsh
    Patrick Oliver Walsh , better known as Ollie Walsh, was an Irish sportsperson. He played hurling with the Kilkenny senior inter-county team from 1956 until 1972 and subsequently served as manager of the team from 1990 until 1995...

    ,

    Hurler of the Year winners
    Award Players
    Texaco HOTY
    Texaco Hurler of the Year
    The Texaco Hurler of the Year is a hurling award, created in 1958, that honours the achievements of a hurler of outstanding excellence. The award is part of the Texaco Sportstars Awards, in which Irish sportspeople from all fields are honoured....

    Séamus Cleere
    Séamus Cleere
    Séamus Cleere is a retired Irish sportsperson. He played hurling with his local club Bennetsbridge and with the Kilkenny senior inter-county team from 1960 until 1968. Cleere captained Kilkenny to the All-Ireland title in 1963.-Club:Cleere played his club hurling with his local Bennettsbridge club...

     (1963), Ollie Walsh
    Ollie Walsh
    Patrick Oliver Walsh , better known as Ollie Walsh, was an Irish sportsperson. He played hurling with the Kilkenny senior inter-county team from 1956 until 1972 and subsequently served as manager of the team from 1990 until 1995...

     (1967), Ted Carroll
    Ted Carroll
    Ted Carroll was an Irish sportsperson. He played hurling with his local club Lisdowney and with the Kilkenny senior inter-county team from 1961 until 1971.-Early & private life:...

     (1969), Eddie Keher
    Eddie Keher
    Edward Peter Keher , better known as Eddie Keher, is a retired Irish hurling manager and former player. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest players in the history of the game....

     (1972), Pat Henderson
    Pat Henderson
    Pat Henderson is an Irish retired hurling manager and former player.Regarded as one of the greatest players of his generation, Henderson enjoyed a successful playing career at club level with Fenians and at inter-county level with Kilkenny...

     (1974), Liam 'Chunky' O'Brien (1975), Ger Henderson
    Ger Henderson
    Ger Henderson is a former Irish sportsperson. He played hurling with the Kilkenny senior inter-county team in the 1970s and 1980s.-Early life:...

     (1979), Noel Skehan
    Noel Skehan
    Noel Skehan is an Irish retired sportsperson. He played hurling with his local Bennettsbridge club and was a member of the Kilkenny senior inter-county team from 1963 and 1985. Skehan is regarded as one of the greatest hurling goalkeepers of all-time.Skehan's status as one of the all-time greats...

     (1982), Frank Cummins
    Frank Cummins
    Frank Cummins is a retired Irish sportsperson. He played hurling at various times with his local clubs Knocktopher in Kilkenny and Blackrock in Cork. Cummins was also a member of the Kilkenny senior inter-county team from the 1968 until 1984...

     (1983), DJ Carey (1993, 2000), Henry Shefflin
    Henry Shefflin
    Henry Shefflin is an Irish sportsperson. He plays hurling with his local club Ballyhale Shamrocks and has been a member of the Kilkenny senior inter-county team since 1999...

     (2002, 2006), JJ Delaney (2003), Eoin Larkin
    Eoin Larkin
    Eoin Larkin is an Irish sportsperson. He plays hurling with his local club James Stephens and has been a member of the Kilkenny senior inter-county team since 2005...

     (2008), Tommy Walsh
    Tommy Walsh (hurler)
    Tommy Walsh is an Irish hurler who currently plays as a right wing-back for the Kilkenny senior team. He joined the team during the 2002 championship and became a regular member of the starting fifteen the following year....

     (2009)
    All-Stars HOTY
    DJ Carey – 2000, Henry Shefflin
    Henry Shefflin
    Henry Shefflin is an Irish sportsperson. He plays hurling with his local club Ballyhale Shamrocks and has been a member of the Kilkenny senior inter-county team since 1999...

     – 2002, JJ Delaney – 2003, Henry Shefflin
    Henry Shefflin
    Henry Shefflin is an Irish sportsperson. He plays hurling with his local club Ballyhale Shamrocks and has been a member of the Kilkenny senior inter-county team since 1999...

     – 2006, Eoin Larkin
    Eoin Larkin
    Eoin Larkin is an Irish sportsperson. He plays hurling with his local club James Stephens and has been a member of the Kilkenny senior inter-county team since 2005...

     – 2008, , Tommy Walsh
    Tommy Walsh (hurler)
    Tommy Walsh is an Irish hurler who currently plays as a right wing-back for the Kilkenny senior team. He joined the team during the 2002 championship and became a regular member of the starting fifteen the following year....

     – 2009

    Multi All Star Winners
    Awards Players
    9
    DJ Carey, Eddie Keher
    Eddie Keher
    Edward Peter Keher , better known as Eddie Keher, is a retired Irish hurling manager and former player. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest players in the history of the game....

     (5 All Star, 4 Cú Chulainn), Henry Shefflin
    Henry Shefflin
    Henry Shefflin is an Irish sportsperson. He plays hurling with his local club Ballyhale Shamrocks and has been a member of the Kilkenny senior inter-county team since 1999...

    8
    Tommy Walsh
    Tommy Walsh (hurler)
    Tommy Walsh is an Irish hurler who currently plays as a right wing-back for the Kilkenny senior team. He joined the team during the 2002 championship and became a regular member of the starting fifteen the following year....

    7
    Noel Skehan
    Noel Skehan
    Noel Skehan is an Irish retired sportsperson. He played hurling with his local Bennettsbridge club and was a member of the Kilkenny senior inter-county team from 1963 and 1985. Skehan is regarded as one of the greatest hurling goalkeepers of all-time.Skehan's status as one of the all-time greats...

    ,
    5
    Joe Hennessy
    Joe Hennessy
    Joe Hennessy is a former Irish sportsperson. He played hurling with the Kilkenny senior inter-county team from 1976 until 1988.-Early life:...

    , Ger Henderson
    Ger Henderson
    Ger Henderson is a former Irish sportsperson. He played hurling with the Kilkenny senior inter-county team in the 1970s and 1980s.-Early life:...

    , JJ Delaney
    4
    Phil 'Fan' Larkin, Frank Cummins
    Frank Cummins
    Frank Cummins is a retired Irish sportsperson. He played hurling at various times with his local clubs Knocktopher in Kilkenny and Blackrock in Cork. Cummins was also a member of the Kilkenny senior inter-county team from the 1968 until 1984...

    , Michael Kavanagh
    Michael Kavanagh
    Michael Kavanagh is an Irish sportsperson. He plays hurling with his local club St. Lachtain's and has a member of the Kilkenny senior inter-county team since 1998.-Biography:...

    , Eddie Brennan
    Eddie Brennan
    Eddie Brennan is an Irish sportsperson. He plays hurling with his local club Graigue-Ballycallan and has been a member of the Kilkenny senior inter-county team since 2000.-Biography:...

    , Jackie Tyrrell
    Jackie Tyrrell
    Jackie Tyrrell is an Irish hurler who played as a left corner-back for the Kilkenny senior team.Tyrrell made his first appearance for the team during the 2005 championship and immediately became the first-choice left corner-back...


    Camogie


    Kilkenny’s camogie breakthrough came with their first Leinster title in 1972 and All Ireland title in 1974. They have enjoyed two periods of ascendancy in the All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship, winning 12 titles in all, three tiles in four years 1974–77, another in 1981, seven in a row between 1984 and 1991 and another in 1994. They won a National Camogie League
    National Camogie League
    The National Camogie League is the second most important competition in the Irish team sport of Camogie, played exclusively by women. The competition is held in four divisions graded by ability....

     four-in-a-row 1987–90 and nine titles in all by 1993, adding a tenth in 2008. They dominated the under-18 minor grade in the four years after its introduction winning the championships of 2006–9.

    Five Kilkenny clubs have won the All Ireland senior club championship
    All-Ireland Senior Club Camogie Championship
    The All-Ireland Club Camogie Championship is the most important competition for club teams in the Irish women’s field sport of camogie. It is contested by the senior club champions of the leading counties and organised by An Cumann Camógaíochta.-Trophy:...

    , St Paul’s
    St Paul’s Camogie Club
    St Paul’s is a former camogie club based in Kilkenny city. Ireland, one of the most successful in the history of the game. It won the All Ireland club championship in 1968, 1969, 1970, 1974, 1976, 1987, 1988, and 1989.-Background:...

     (8), St Lachtain’s (3), and Lisdowney (1994).

    Notable players include a player acknowledged as probably the greatest in camogie
    Camogie
    Camogie is an Irish stick-and-ball team sport played by women; it is almost identical to the game of hurling played by men. Camogie is played by 100,000 women in Ireland and world wide, largely among Irish communities....

     history Angela Downey
    Angela Downey
    Angela Downey-Browne is a retired Irish sportsperson. She played camogie at various times with her local clubs, St Paul’s camogie club based in Kilkenny city and Lisdowney, and was a member of the Kilkenny senior inter-county team from 1970 until 1994...

     and her sisters Annn
    Ann Downey
    Ann Downey is a retired camogie player, winner of 12 All Ireland inter-county medals, captaining the team in 1989 and 1994, and seven All-Ireland club medals with St Paul’s and Lisdowney- one more than her famous sister Angela who was suspended for one final.-Family Background:Her father, Shem...

     and Marina Downey
    Marina Downey
    Marina Downey is a camogie player, winner of five All Ireland medals, captain of the Kilkenny team that won the National Camogie League in 1993 and the St Paul’s team that won the club championship.-Career:...

    , team of the century members Liz Neary
    Liz Neary
    Liz Neary is a retired Irish sportsperson. She played camogie at various times with her local clubs St. Paul's and Austin Stacks and was a member of the Kilkenny senior inter-county team from 1970 until 1987...

     and Bridie Martin, player of the year recipients Mary Connery
    Mary Connery
    Mary Connery is a former camogie player, winner of the Cuchulainn award presented by Gaelic Weekly magazine in 1965.-Career:She won Ashbourne Cup honours with University College Galway in 1964. In 1966 she captained St Paul’s in their first All Ireland club final.-Coaching & Administration:While...

    , Ann Dalton
    Ann Dalton
    Anne Dalton is a camogie player and student, winner of a camogie All Star award in 2009. She played in the 2009 All Ireland camogie final.-Career:...

    , Claire Hanrahan
    Claire Hanrahan
    Clare Hanrahan is a former camogie player, winner of the Cuchulainn award in 1965. Having previously starred in attack for Kilkenny in their Leinster junior victories of 1959 and 1960 she burst on to the scene with four goals for Leinster in the 1960 Gael Linn Cup final and was Leinster’s most...

    , Breda Holmes
    Breda Holmes
    Breda Holmes is a former camogie player, winner of the B+I Star of the Year award in 1987 and seven All Ireland medals in succession between 1984 and 1991, celebrating the seventh by scoring the match-turning goal from Ann Downey’s sideline ball against Cork in the 1991 final.-Career:She captained...

    , Helena O’Neill and Biddy O’Sullivan, All Star award winners
    Elaine Aylward
    Elaine Aylward
    Elaine Aylward is a camogie player and a bank official, winner of a camogie All Star award in 2009. She played in the 2009 All Ireland camogie final.-Career:...

    . Jacqui Frisby
    Jacqui Frisby
    Jacqui Frisby is a camogie player and an accounts assistant, winner of a camogie All Star award in 2009. She played in the 2009 All Ireland camogie final. An All-Ireland Junior medal winner in 2002, Jacqui added a National League medal in 2008. She holds Leinster titles in the Under- 14, Under-16,...

    . Imelda Kennedy
    Imelda Kennedy
    Imelda Kennedy is a camogie player, winner of an All-Star award in 2006. She was a member of the Kilkenny team that won the All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship in 1994, and won All Ireland Club Championship medals with St Lachtain’s, Freshford in 2004, 2005 and 2006 and All Ireland titles with...

    , Sinéad Millea
    Sinéad Millea
    Sinéad Millea is a former camogie player, winner of an All-Star award in 2004 and two All Ireland medals.-Family background:Her father Joe was a member of the Kilkenny team that won the Liam McCarthy Cup in 1969.-Career:...

    , Aoife Neary
    Aoife Neary
    Aoife Neary is a camogie player and cardiac technician, winner of All Star awards in 2004, 2008 and 2009. She played in the 2009 All Ireland camogie final. Aoife's father, Paddy, was a determined corner-back with Kilkenny in the early 1980s and went on to serve as an inter-county referee, while her...

     and Katie Power
    Katie Power
    Energizer , is a fictional character in Marvel Comics' universe. She first appeared in Power Pack #1 and was created by Louise Simonson and June Brigman.-Publication history:...

    , young players of the year Denise Gaule
    Denise Gaule
    Denise Gaule is a camogie player and student. The winner of the Young Player of the Year award of 2009, she played in the 2009 All Ireland camogie final. She came to public attention during the 2009 All-Ireland semi-final against Galway when she scored three fine points, just one week after helping...

     and Marie Dargan
    Marie Dargan
    Marie Dargan is a camogie player, Young Player of the Year award winner in 2006 and member of the Kilkenny team for the 2010 National League final.-External links:* Official Camogie Association Website* On The Ball Official Camogie Magazine and...

    , and All Ireland final stars Teresa O’Neill Ursula Grace Ann Carroll

    Under Camogie’s National Development Plan 2010–2015, “Our Game, Our Passion,” five new camogie clubs are to be established in the county by 2015.

    Honours


    • All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship: 12

      • 1974, 1976, 1977, 1981, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1994

    • All-Ireland Senior B Camogie Championship 1
      • 2008

    • All-Ireland Junior Camogie Championship
      All-Ireland Junior Camogie Championship
      The All-Ireland Junior Camogie Championship is the most important competition for third-tier county teams in the women’s field sport of camogie. In accordance with the practice in GAA competitions the term junior applies to the level of competition rather than the age group...

       1
      • 2002

    • All-Ireland Minor Camogie Championship
      All-Ireland Minor Camogie Championship
      The All-Ireland Minor Camogie Championship is the most important competition for under-18 teams in the women’s field sport of camogie. Counties compete for the Síghle Nic an Ultaigh Cup. There are graded competitions at Minor B and Minor C level.-History:...

       5
      • 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009

    • All-Ireland Under-16 Camogie Championship 7
      • 1988, 1989, 1991, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008

    • National Camogie League
      National Camogie League
      The National Camogie League is the second most important competition in the Irish team sport of Camogie, played exclusively by women. The competition is held in four divisions graded by ability....

      : 10
      • 1978, 1980, 1982, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1993, 2008

    • National Junior Camogie League (also known as Div 2): 1
      • 2006

    Gaelic football


    In the early years of the GAA Kilkenny had some success at football. In, 1914 the young team mascot, Peter Dunne, had to line out to complete their team. They won their first Leinster Senior Football Championship
    Leinster Senior Football Championship
    The GAA Leinster Senior Football Championship is the premier "knockout" competition in the game of football played in the province of Leinster in Ireland. The series of games are organised by the Leinster Council and are played during the summer months. The competition involves the counties of...

     in 1888 with a victory over Wexford
    Wexford GAA
    The Wexford County Board of the Gaelic Athletic Association or Wexford GAA is one of the 32 county boards of the GAA in Ireland, and is responsible for Gaelic games in County Wexford. The county board is also responsible for the Wexford inter-county teams.-History:Hurling has been played in...

    . However, the rest of the championship was abandoned due to the players tour of America, known as the US invasion. Further success in Leinster followed in 1900 and 1911 with victories over Louth
    Louth GAA
    The Louth County Board of the Gaelic Athletic Association or Louth GAA is one of the 32 county boards of the GAA in Ireland, and is responsible for Gaelic games in County Louth. The county board is also responsible for the Louth inter-county teams....

     and Meath
    Meath GAA
    The Meath County Board of the Gaelic Athletic Association or Meath GAA is one of the 32 county boards of the GAA in Ireland, and is responsible for Gaelic games in County Meath, as well as for Meath inter-county teams.- Pre-1960s :...

     respectively. The 1911 match awarded first to Meath
    Meath GAA
    The Meath County Board of the Gaelic Athletic Association or Meath GAA is one of the 32 county boards of the GAA in Ireland, and is responsible for Gaelic games in County Meath, as well as for Meath inter-county teams.- Pre-1960s :...

     because Kilkenny were late, then to Kilkenny after they had won by 2–4 to 1–1 on the field of play. Kilkenny county footballers have not won a senior championship match since 1929 when they defeated Louth
    Louth GAA
    The Louth County Board of the Gaelic Athletic Association or Louth GAA is one of the 32 county boards of the GAA in Ireland, and is responsible for Gaelic games in County Louth. The county board is also responsible for the Louth inter-county teams....

     by 0–10 to 0–4. Their best championship result since was a 3–8 to 3–4 defeat against Kildare
    Kildare GAA
    For more information see Kildare Senior Club Football Championship or Kildare Senior Club Hurling Championship.The Kildare County Board of the Gaelic Athletic Association , or Kildare GAA, is one of the 32 county boards of the GAA in Ireland, and is responsible for Gaelic games in County Kildare...

     in 1961. 1982 was their last championship campaign. In the league their 1970–71 league campaign yielded four victories and they won three games in a row in early 1988 League and O'Byrne Cup
    O'Byrne Cup
    The O'Byrne Cup is a Gaelic football competition organised by the Leinster GAA. The competition is named after Matt O'Byrne, a former Wicklow GAA club officer. Participants include the twelve county teams and four colleges. The O'Byrne Cup 2011 champions are Kildare, who beat Louth in the final by...

     games.

    Kilkenny is unique among the 32 Irish county associations in not participating in the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship
    All-Ireland Senior Football Championship
    The All-Ireland Senior Football Championship, the premier competition in Gaelic football, is a series of games organised by the Gaelic Athletic Association and played during the summer and early autumn...

    . They played in the Tommy Murphy Cup
    Tommy Murphy Cup
    The Tommy Murphy Cup is a Gaelic football competition, featuring senior county teams elimainated from the early stages of the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship and also Kilkenny when not fielding a team in the main All-Ireland...

     a second tier competition for weaker footballing counties for four of the five years it was played, however, even in this competition they lost every game they played. Kilkenny entered the National Football League
    National Football League (Ireland)
    The National Football League is a Gaelic football tournament held annually between the county teams of Ireland, under the auspices of the Gaelic Athletic Association. The prize for the winning team is the New Ireland Cup, presented by the New Ireland Assurance Company...

     for the first time in years in 2008, and have not had any success losing every game bar one up to, and including, the 2011 competition.

    Ladies' Gaelic Football


    Kilkenny won the 2007 All Ireland Ladies' Junior Football Championship, defeating London
    London
    London is the capital city of :England and the :United Kingdom, the largest metropolitan area in the United Kingdom, and the largest urban zone in the European Union by most measures. Located on the River Thames, London has been a major settlement for two millennia, its history going back to its...

     by 3–5 to 2–5 in Croke Park
    Croke Park
    Croke Park in Dublin is the principal stadium and headquarters of the Gaelic Athletic Association , Ireland's biggest sporting organisation...

    .
    Chairman – John Gorey
    Secretary – Trish Dempsey
    Treasurer – Richie Windle
    PRO – Noelle Curran

    Honours

    • All Ireland Ladies' Under-16 Finalists: 1
      • 1975
    • All-Ireland Junior Ladies' Football Championship
      All-Ireland Junior Ladies' Football Championship
      The All-Ireland Junior Ladies' Football Championship is a "knockout" competition in the game of Ladies' Gaelic football played by women in Ireland...

      : 1
      • 2007

    See also

    • Kilkenny Senior Club Hurling Championship
      Kilkenny Senior Club Hurling Championship
      The Kilkenny Senior Hurling Club Championship is an annual club competition between the top Kilkenny Gaelic Athletic Association Clubs. The winners of the Kilkenny Championship qualify to represent their county in the Leinster Senior Club Hurling Championship and in turn, go on to the All-Ireland...

    • Kilkenny Senior Club Football Championship
      Kilkenny Senior Club Football Championship
      The Kilkenny Senior Football Club Championship is an annual Gaelic football competition between the top Kilkenny GAA clubs. The winners of the Kilkenny Championship winners qualify to represent their county in the Leinster Intermediate Club Football Championship and in turn, go on to the...


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