Tonight the Kilkennys Supporters group will be holding their first post-pandemic AGM.
Proceedings begin in UPMC Nowlan Park tonight at 7.30 and are open to new members.
“We have to elect new officers, every position is up for grabs. We hope a good crowd of supporters and members turn up. We are looking to get as much new members, and old members, business members involved. “
Nearly 30 years have passed since John got involved. He has seen many people come and go, but one man sticks out above all, Jim Freeman, the long-standing secretary of the Kilkenny GAA Supporters Club. The Ferrybank man passed away on St Stephen’s Day, and John wanted to highlight his contribution to Kilkenny GAA over the years;
“It will never be the same again. We lost a great man, we lost our secretary Jim Freeman. Jim was at the helm for many years, he is a big loss and will be going forward as well.”
“He fought a gallant battle. Jim will be a savage, savage loss, will be so hard to replace him. He was involved with all the teams, knew every player, minor, college. Every young lad whoever struck a ball for Kilkenny he would know them. He was a great man.”
If you have been to an intercounty game recently you would be well aware that the events are an All ticketed affair. It’s been a point of much contention for fans in recent times, gone are the days you can rock up with cash on the day. We wanted to ask John, as Chairperson of the supporters group his thoughts
“I have heard numerous people commenting on tickets, the way you have to go online. I totally agree with what they are saying. There are an awful lot of people that can’t go online, don’t have email, or have smartphones. “
“You would have to agree with the supporter. I know they are going modern, with no money collection at gates. I would prefer the old way, but it probably takes more manpower to do it that way.”
Listen to the full interview below on Scoreline Extra :