The Cats have surrendered their top pitch accolade to the Royal County for 2021.
While UPMC Nowlan Park made the final five, the 2021 GAA County Grounds Pitch of the Year Award has been bestowed upon Meath’s county ground at Páirc Tailteann in Navan, with Páirc Uí Chaoimh in Cork named as the runner up.
The five county grounds making this year’s shortlist were Cork (Páirc Uí Chaoimh), Kilkenny (Nowlan Park), Meath (Páirc Tailteann, Navan), Offaly (O’Connor Park, Tullamore) and Waterford (Walsh Park).
Kilkenny were winners in 2018 and 2019 with no award presented in 2020.
If you’re curious, some of the aspects judged include grass cover, root depth, playing quality, usage, the management programme and resources.