An experienced management team under John Gorey was put in place this season to guide a Kilkenny adult team back onto the National LGFA map. The goal this season was simply to start the rebuilding process and field a team in each of the fixtures. They did just that and in The Lidl National Football League Kilkenny’s newly reformed team took on Limerick, Leitrim, Derry and Wicklow. They contested against Carlow in the TG4 Leinster Championship Junior final and met Down, Sligo and Limerick in the TG4 All-Ireland Junior Championship.
Kilkenny’s return didn’t yield any wins but the season marked the start of the revival of Kilkenny’s adult squad and the outgoing management team, in the form of John Gorey, Eoin Hennessy, Nickey Purcell, Tom Cousins, Aoife Dunne and Siobhán Farrell (FLO), can be proud of their involvement with this revival knowing the challenging games they would face. Gorey, who has worked with Kilkenny U14 and U16 county squads for many years and was also involved with the senior Meath ladies footballers, quoted in an interview with The42 that this Kilkenny squad regrouping would be his final county challenge. John Gorey knew the road would be bumpy. At the start of the season he said, ‘Rome wasn’t built in a day and this is only the start of the building blocks for Kilkenny’s adult squad.’
This season was never about the scoreline for Gorey and his management squad who took the leap of faith to get the county back onto the national stage. It was a marker that Kilkenny are back and ready to rebuild and Kilkenny LGFA would like to thank this management team for their dedication to reforming a Kilkenny adult team that can now be built on in the seasons to come.