Following the excitement of the great win over Tipperary, preparations for the All-Ireland hurling final move into full swing immediately. Kilkenny GAA and the Supporters Club embark on a very busy schedule with two important events in the coming week.
First up is a repeat of last year’s highly successful ‘Drive for Liam’ radio quiz in association with KCLR 96FM and Kilkenny Vintners.
Coming to a venue near you, each club in the county will be organising centres to host the popular quiz.
Entry for a team of four costs €20, or a mere €5 per person. This is an opportunity for the ordinary fan to get behind this superb bunch of players and also links every parish in the county in the build-up to the All-Ireland final.
The quiz will be broadcast live on radio on Thursday (August 30) from 9pm. And the prizes?
The winning team will receive eight stand tickets for the All-Ireland hurling finals and eight tickets to the post match banquet at City West, plus four rooms on the Sunday night at City West.
Second prize includes four All-Ireland stand trickets and four banquet tickets while third prize will consist of four tickets to the post final banquet. Further details will be available from Kilkennygaa.ie or from your local club.
The second major event is the pre All-Ireland final dinner in Langton’s Hotel on Sunday night, September 2. Live music will be played between 8 and 9pm followed by a four course dinner with wine.
Details of the guest speaker will be announced shortly. The highlight of the evening will be an interview with Kilkenny manager, Brian Cody, a mere week before All-Ireland final day.
Tickets for a table of 10 will costs €500. Kilkenny GAA would also welcome any individuals who might like to participate at €50 per ticket.
Tickets are available from Nowlan Park (056-7765122) or from Kilkenny Supporters Club.
Full details of all pre All-Ireland events can be found on Kilkennygaa.ie.
The venues for the quiz in the ‘Drive For Liam’ are - Ballyhale Shamrocks, Sheffs; Barrow Rangers, The Silver Weir, Paulstown; Bennettsbridge, O’Donnells; Blacks and Whites, Blacks and Whites clubhouse; Carrickshock, Cleary’s of Hugginstown, Malzards of Stoneyford; Carrigeen, The Royal Oak pub; Clara, Connolly’s of Dunbell; Cloneen/Railyard, Cloney Brennan’s, Moneenroe;Conahy Shamrocks, Conahy Shamrocks GAA club; Danesfort, The Grange Inn, Cuffesgrange, The Harvester, Danesfort, Sheridans of Ennisnag, Delaney’s of Kells; Dicksboro, Kilkenny House Hotel; Dunnamaggin/Kilmoganny, O’Connor’s of Dunnamaggin, Dunphy’s, Kilmoganny, The Priory bar, Kells; Emeralds, Doyle’s; Erin’s Own (Castlecomer), Dillon’s; Fenians (Johnstown), Barry’s, Main Street, Pasachal Ryan’s, Ryan’s of Crosspatrick; Galmoy, Maguire’s bar; Glenmore, The Glen bar; Graignamangh, The Cosy Inn and O’Shea’s bar; Graigue-Ballycallan, Brennan’s, Kilmanagh; James Stephens, James Stephens GAA club; John Lockes (Callan), The Stepps bar and the Cosy Inn; Kilmacow, Irish’s bar; Lisdowney, Mackey’s of Gathabawn; Mooncoin, Mooncoin GAA complex; Mullinavat, Rod Iron pub; O’Loughlin Gaels, O’Loughlin Gaels GAA club; Piltown, Piltown GAA complex; Rower-Inistioge, GAA community complex; Slieverue, Stapleton’s pub; St Lachtain’s (Freshford), Kavanagh’s, Freshford; St Martin’s/Muckalee, The Ranchers Return, Coon; St Patrick’s (Ballyragget), Fitzpatrick’s; Thomastown, The Salmpon Pool and The Jerpoint Inn; Threecastles, Campion’s; Tullaroan, Connolly’s; Tullogher-Rosbercon, Paddy Ryan’s pub; Windgap, Guinan’s, Windgap and Power’s, Tullahought; Young Irelands (Gowran), Cleere’s, Gowran; Kilkenny City, Rafter Dempsey’s, Friary Street, The Sceilp Inn, Collee Road and O’Riada’s, Parliament Street.