'Nicola is gone... but her baby Lily Rose will not want for love'
Published 10/09/2016 | 02:30
Semple Stadium was decked out in blue and gold and Slievenamon was being belted out by a jubilant crowd who had gathered for the long-awaited homecoming of the victorious All-Ireland-winning hurlers, both seniors and minors.
But just a few streets away, in a house in Kennedy Park, so close that the celebrations would have been all too painfully audible, a family with a strong hurling pedigree of their own was reeling amid the devastation of the cruellest blow imaginable.
Nicola Kenny (26) was a grandchild of the former Tipp marksman Paddy Kenny, who won three All-Irelands in a row from 1949 onwards.