Thirty-two teams and supporters from all over the country will descend on the City, and in particular Kilkenny Rugby Club in Foulkstown, on Saturday to do battle for the coveted title of ‘Marble City 7’s champion.” With €4,500 in prize money up for grabs, this promises to be a fun-filled event which will be repeated annually.
There are three competitions in all - men’s Premiere, men’s social and ladies social.
The competition is supported by Guinness, who sponsor the main event, the men’s Premiere, and by local businesses, Langton’s Hotel (men’s social) and The Left Bank (ladies social). The event is being organised as part of ‘The Gathering’.
The main trophy has been donated by Totalgiftz.com, proving the high level of local support for the event. With over 400 players taking up lodgings over the weekend, this will provide a welcome boost to the local economy whilst raising much needed funds for the club.
For the past six months the organising committee have painstakingly organised and planned the event. It starting with the hugely successful launch night in Langton’s Set Theatre on February 23, which saw the glitterati of Irish rugby row in behind the club.
Former Ireland internationals and Kilkenny locals, Mick Galwey, Willie Duggan and Ned Byrne were on hand to welcome current Irish rugby stars Sean O’Brien, Caroline Mahon and Irish youth, Sean Moran. Leinster, Ireland and current British and Irish Lion, O’Brien found the time lend his support. Mayor Seán O’hArgáin also attended.
It is planned that the Marble City 7s will become an annual event, and for it to become the biggest of its kind in Leinster, second only to Kinsale 7s on the national circuit. Given the huge support from Leinster Rugby and the IRFU, this promises to be a major tournament on the annual Irish 7’s circuit.
It is hoped it will attract a huge following. Barbecues, pitch-side entertainment, a commercial zone for sponsors, including Kukri Sports who will be selling rugby gear with three selected items for €20, will all be part of the event.
An evening of ceol agus craic has been arranged, which should add to the festival atmosphere. To add to the enjoyment and attractions, the IRFU and Leinster Rugby have confirmed that the Irish women’s Grand Slam trophy, the Amlin Challenge Cup and Rabo12 Cup, will be on display for the day.
Members of the 2013 Irish women’s Grand Slam winning squad will also be present and a ‘special’ friend of Kilkenny rugby has agreed to attend. The Lions second test will be shown live on a big screen and with over 400 players viewing it, it is sure to be a lively 80 minutes.
Throughout the day a collection will be held with all proceeds going to Aware.
All are welcome to join in the festivities. Whether a rugby fan or not, a fabulous day of fun and enjoyment is guaranteed.
For more information check-out the website www.marblecity7s.com or follow the club on Twitter and on Facebook.