Tirlán and Kilkenny GAA solidified their longstanding partnership at Nowlan Park this morning, setting the stage for Kilkenny’s upcoming clash against Wexford in the Allianz Hurling League next weekend.
Avonmore, a familiar presence amidst the black and amber hues of Kilkenny since 1994, continues to occupy a place of pride, symbolizing 11 All-Ireland victories. In a new collaboration, Tirlán has prominently placed its logo on all team jerseys, as well as sports and leisurewear across all grades from minor to senior.
Notable figures such as Derek Lyng, Eoin Cody, and Cillian Buckley graced the occasion. I had the opportunity to catch up with manager Derek Lyng, who reflected on his first year at the helm of “The Cats.”
The past year unfolded with a mix of highs and lows, marked by a thrilling goal in the dying moments of a Leinster final to secure the title, a heart-stopping Eoin Murphy save in the All-Ireland semi-final, and the disappointment of falling short in the Croke Park decider.
“Obviously, we had some great wins along the way, and ultimately we just fell short. That was the overriding feeling at the end of it all. It was just a disappointment. I couldn’t have asked more of the players; their effort and everything was outstanding. We came up against, obviously, one of the greatest teams ever to play. That’s the challenge that lies ahead again this year, but I think we improved this year. I think the ambition now is to get back there, to rectify that, but we know we have to earn that right.”
The full interview with Derek Lyng will be featured on Scoreline this Saturday with Shane and Robbie from 2 pm. Tune in for live commentary on Kilkenny versus Wexford on KCLR next weekend.
Don’t forget, KCLR remains the exclusive platform to catch all of Kilkenny’s Walsh Cup, Allianz National Hurling League, Leinster championship, and All-Ireland series games in 2024.