Kilkenny are set to make a return to the Lidl Ladies’ National Football League. The news was confirmed by Kilkenny LGFA this past weekend with the Cats set to make a return to the national stage for the first time in four years.
Per the county’s website, “the decision was reached after it was agreed by the county board mid-November that the timing was now right to reform the junior county squad.”
John Gorey, Eoin Hennessy, Nickey Purcell and Tom Cousins have been confirmed as part of the 2023 management setup with Kilkenny LGFA currently in the process of appointing a female liaison officer.
“We know the quality of players needed for a good county adult team are present here in Kilkenny. In fact, if this team is supported by all then the ingredients are there for not just a good team but a great one”, says Gorey.
The Muckalee ladies’ team have enjoyed back-to-back county titles and a trip to this year’s Leinster club final, albeit falling at the final hurdle to O’Dwyer’s of Dublin.
The club’s Kelley Comerford, also co-captain, says “it’s great news for ladies’ football in Kilkenny and I am eager to get training with the squad and have the opportunity to represent Kilkenny in the National League.”
Training is set to begin this week. Kilkenny’s first and only appearance in an All-Ireland final came in the junior championship decider against London in 2007, the Cats walking away with the title following a 3-05 to 2-05 win.
The Kilkenny LGFA AGM will be held at UPMC Nowlan Park this Tuesday night from 8pm.