The absence of a Kilkenny flag on the city and county’s most important and best known landmark is the wrong message to send out to Brian Cody and his men before they do battle with Tipperary on Saturday in the All Ireland senior hurling final replay.
Dr Donagh Tierney from Graignamanagh is shocked that no black and amber banner has been placed atop the castle ahead of the match and feels that the Kilkenny players and management are not getting the support they need.
“The Roman Legions would rally around the flag before battle and it was and still is a very powerful symbol,” he said.
Tipperary monuments are getting behind their teams and blue and yellow flags have been hoisted on the Rock the Rock of Cashel and on the battlements of Cahir Castle.
And despite the complaint from Dr Tierney, the Office of Public Works (OPW) has said it has no plans to fly the black and amber on the turrets ahead of the county’s eagerly awaited replay with their Munster neighbours.
Instead, the OPW issued a statement, saying it is always amenable, in so far as it practicable, to the many requests it receives at all the historic properties under its care. “We have yet to receive a request for Kilkenny Castle,” it said.
Dr Tierney thinks it is not good enough and is sending out the wrong message. He wants a 10ft x 10ft flag erected and says that his criticisms is no reflection of the excellent staff.
A GP in Perth, Australia, he is home on holidays and feels that the players should present an official Kilkenny flag to the castle and take part in a hand-over ceremony putting up the flag, ahead of the match. “It would give them great self-belief before they play Tipp and show the county is behind them,” he said.