Updated: Monday 7 September 12.22PM
Provided this Sunday’s game doesn’t end in a draw, there will be a civic reception for Kilkenny’s senior hurlers – win or lose – on Monday evening in Kilkenny city.
Nowlan Park will again play host to the event, organised by Kilkenny County Council and here’s what’s expected to happen on the evening.
- 4.00pm: Proceedings commence at Nowlan Park with a replay of the game relayed on four big screens on the pitch
- 5.20pm: Live music and entertainment
- 5.45pm: Kilkenny team arrive to Kilkenny Castle, transferring to an open top bus bound for Nowlan Park
- 6.15pm (approximately): The team will arrive on stage, greeted by Councillor Mary Hilda Kavanagh (Chairperson of Kilkenny County Council) and Mayor of the Municipal District of Kilkenny City, Joe Malone.
The evening should come to a close around 7.15pm.
RTE’s Ear To The Ground presenter Helen Carroll, originally from the Granges Road area of the city, will be the MC for the homecoming this year. We’ll have more details on traffic restictions closer to Monday as the Garda Traffic Management Plan will kick in from 3.30pm in the city and surrounds of Nowlan Park.
Parking in Kilkenny on Monday
Parking will be free from 4pm in car parks operated by Kilkenny County Council (Market Yard, John’s Green etc) with entrance to Nowlan Park typically to Ardán De Grás for the homecoming. The following will also apply
- MacDonagh Junction Carpark: €2 for three hours. Carpark will close at 8.00 p.m.
- Ormonde Street Carpark: €1 for four hours from 4.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.
For those who can’t make it, we’ll be broadcast sections of the homecoming, interviews, live reports and speeches – win or lose – from Nowlan Park on Monday evening across KCLR Afternoons, The Way It Is and up to The Frequency on Monday night.
Here’s a look back at the 2014 homecoming speeches – hopefuly something that gets to be repeated this coming Monday!