The bank holiday weekend is upon us so for the final time this week, let’s take a look at the headlines of the day on KCLR in Friday’s Morning Report.
Beginning with Gaelic Games and the weekend that club hurling fans in Kilkenny have been waiting for has landed as the senior, intermediate and junior club hurling county championships get underway this evening. We’ll be keeping a keen eye on the first round of the St. Canice’s Credit Union Kilkenny senior hurling league on air across the weekend with 5 of 6 scheduled games broadcast here on KCLR including the meeting of last year’s beaten league finalists Bennettsbridge and Erin’s Own this evening.
Speaking to KCLR ahead of the game, new ‘Comer manager Sean Dempsey says it’s the ideal game for his side to start with. You can read his comments here.
You can get full commentary with Martin Quilty and Brian Dowling, live from Freshford at 7 for that game this evening. Tonight also sees James Stephens take on Graigue Ballycallan in the senior league, in the Michael Lyng Motors intermediate hurling league it’s Fenians v Mooncoin, St. Martins v Conahy Shamrocks, and in the JJ Kavanagh & Sons Junior league, Windgap and John Lockes meet in Piltown while Kilmacow take on Tullogher Rosbercon in Slieverue.
For games, it’s a fiver on the gate for adults, with pensioners, under 16s and Club Plus season ticket holders free on confirmation of your season ticket. The Give Respect, Get Respect initiative will also be in full swing.
First off – best of luck this weekend to Windgap, they’ll have a team competing in the Beacon Hospital Camogie 7s in Dublin on Saturday. It’s usually a great weekend with 24 teams between the cup and shield competitions.
It’s also All-Ireland finals weekend with a triple header of games in Croke Park on Sunday, the big one being the senior decider between Cork and Waterford. For Waterford, it’s their first time in a senior final in 78 years and speaking to our Camán Caint podcast this week, manager Sean Power says his players are taking it all in their stride. You can hear his full interview below from around the 28-minute mark.
Having helped Ireland to an unbeaten run in the group stage, Kilkenny’s Lucy Coogan is expected to feature for the Irish Women’s U20 basketball team at the FIBA European Championships in Romania later. The past week has seen Ireland beat hosts Romania, Greece and Georgia with Ireland taking three wins from three.
Tip-off against Switzerland is at 11am Irish time and you can watch the game below.
The Irish team to face Italy in the Bank of Ireland Nations Series on Saturday has been named. Iain Henderson will captain Ireland for the second time, he wore the armband against France in February two years ago. There are still plenty of tickets available and should he make an appearance, Leinster’s Ciaran Frawley will win his first Irish cap. Kick off is 5pm tomorrow.
The Guinness Handicap is the feature on day five of the Galway Races at Ballybrit.
That goes to post at 6.35 where the Emmet Mullins trained Teed Up has a chance to double up on wins this weeks. The Willie Mullins-trained Jackfinbar is also expected to feature heavily.
The last one for you this morning as it came up on KCLR Breakfast – can we all just take a moment to appreciate Panama’s opening goal against France at the FIFA Women’s World Cup. Their first ever World Cup goal and it’s an absolute heat-seeker.