Plans in motion to sort ’Park

Kilkenny County Board have already taken steps to replace the roof of the Nowlan Park stand ripped apart during the recent storm.

Kilkenny County Board have already taken steps to replace the roof of the Nowlan Park stand ripped apart during the recent storm.

The roof won’t be replaced in the short term, and the ’Board has decided to seek professional advice as to what is the best way to progress the work.

“We have already applied to Kilkenny County Council to build a new roof on the stand, and until that is sorted nothing much can be done,” explained County Board chairman, Ned Quinn.

Two League games

During the upcoming weeks Kilkenny will play two Allianz National Hurling League matches in Nowlan Park. They will be against Galway on Sunday week, and then the last round on March 23 against Waterford.

There will be no covered accommodation at this, the O’Loughlin Road side of the grounds, for these games.

Things will operate much as they did for Sunday’s epic clash against Tipperary when the three other covered areas - two seated sections; one standing - in the grounds were utilized to the maximum.

With all counties level on points after two rounds of the League, the competition looks like bubbling up into a humdinger of an event which could generate huge interest among fans.

However, the ’Board is confident that whatever the demands, Nowlan Park will cope as it can still cater for up to 18,000 people.

The asbestos roof of the old stand (see picture page 87) was taken down and removed last week. A team of specialists carried out the work. The asbestos was wrapped securely and shipped to Germany for disposal at the weekend.

Smithwick’s Stand

The old stand was built in 1965, apparently. It replaced a wooden structure with green galvanised roof, which was often referred to as the Smithwick’s Stand because the company’s name was emblazoned across it.

When the structure was taken down it was acquired by Kilkenny golf club as a storage shed for equipment.

“We would like to thank the people who worked against the clock to take down the roof of the stand so the grounds would be available for Sunday’s match,” Mr Quinn said.

“We also thank our neighbours for their understanding of the situation after the storm.”