Win or lose next Sunday the Kilkenny Senior and Minor Hurling teams will be given a civic reception on Monday night. The venue as usual will be the market yard car park where the team will be welcomed by the mayor and members of the Borough and County Council.
The teams are expected to arrive at MacDonagh train station at 6pm and will proceed by open top bus to the Market yard. The route will be via John Street, John's Bridge, Rose Inn Street, The Parade, High Street, and Parliament Street.
Fans should note that access to the train station will be limited. The best vantage point will be at the market yard. The entertainment will begin in the market yard at 5.15pm approximately when UP4IT, Na Fianna, and The Kilkennys will take to the stage. There will also be 2 big screens in the market yard from 5.00pm showing all the action. In addition to the market yard there will also be big screens in The Library Car Park, and also at The Parade, which will have face painting and other children's entertainment should families want to avoid the crowds in the market yard.
The safety of all attending is of paramount importance, and in order to ensure the enjoyment of all attending, people are requested to act in a responsible manner by co-operating with Gardai, Civil Defence Officers, and Stewards.
Car Parking will be available at Ormonde Street Car Park, MacDonagh Junction Car Park, and Kilkenny Borough Council Car Parks at Fair Green, St Mary's and Dean Street.. Parking in the Ormond Street Car Park will be at the reduced rate of €1 between 6.00pm and 10.00pm. Parking in the Borough Council Car Parks will be free from 5.00pm onwards.
Parking restrictions will be in place in the Market Yard from 4.00pm onwards and traffic restrictions will be in place throughout the day in Kilkenny city to facilitate the homecoming.
Pedestrian Access to the Market Yard will be via.
- Controlled access at Kieran Street at Kytelers Inn
- Parliament Street at Bank of Ireland
- Bateman Quay via John's Bridge.
As with all events of this nature there will be a large amount of children in the market yard and in the interest of their safety, and the safety of all attending, please adhere to any instructions given be it by signage, stewards, Gardai, Civil Defence, or by public announcement. The addition of the screen at Parade is an option for those who do not wish to take children to the market yard