Wednesday 28 September 2016

This Kilkenny mancave is every hurling fan's dream

Published 03/09/2016 | 17:05

Jim Whelan in his mancave
Jim Whelan in his mancave

It's every man's dream and one Kilkenny fans has made it come true.

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Your own little sporting-themed hideaway, complete with memorabilia of your favourite team, is something that should be scribbled into every man's bucket list.

Avid Kilkenny hurling fan Jim Whelan has been collecting newspaper cutouts, match programmes, posters and other hurling-related items for as long as he can remember so he decided to create his own mancave and put his collection to good use.

Whelan has collected memorabilia from every All Ireland final since 1946 and the mancave is even open to the public.

"I started off collecting GAA programmes when I was a very small boy and I realised that my collection was getting so big that I needed somewhere new to put it all," said Whelan.

Tipperary and Kilkenny lock horns in this Sunday's All-Ireland hurling final and we want to know who has the more dedicated fans.

'Experts at chasing cats'
'Experts at chasing cats'
Tiernen Cremmins & his late best friend Steven O'Connor who died last year from heart problems. They are Real Tipperary fans & so proud to be holding that cup! From Tiernan's Nannie Joan Hackett.
Ber Nolan and Grandson Tommy.
Ber Nolan and Grandson Tommy.
This was sent in by Kilkenny fan Anne Cullen
Jim O'Brien at work in his workshop in Drangan Co. Tipperary where he is making Hurleys for the Tipperary senior hurling panel ahead of the all Ireland with Kilkenny. Picture; Gerry Mooney. 31/8/16
St Patrick's de la Salle National School , Kilkenny pupils Nine year old Allen Larkin [ brother of Kilkenny hurler Eoin Larkin] pictured with Sean Bergin,10, [ Cousin of Tipperary Hurler Ciaran Bergin] and John Drennan 10, [ Cousin of Kilkenny hurler TJ Reid] pictured during a break in class. Picture Credit : Frank Mc Grath 1/9/16
This was sent in by Ger Brennan in Kilkenny
Seventy six year old Seamus Delaney owner of Delaney's Bar in Kilkenny pictured with an Hurley which was made in 1890 and the first colour All Ireland Match programme for the 1967 Hurling Final between Kilkenny and Tipperary.The 127 year old hurley is kept behind the bar in Delaney's Picture Credit: Frank Mc Grath 1/9/16
Michelle Whelan, Gowran, Co Kilkenny
Aisling Deane from Tipperary
Jim Whelan has built his own Kilkenny-themed mancave in his home
Jim Whelan has built his own Kilkenny-themed mancave in his home
Diehard fan Patrick Kiely flies the flag for Tipperary
4 September 2016; Former Republic of Ireland players Packie Bonner and Niall Quinn arriving for the GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final match between Kilkenny and Tipperary at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Paul Mohan/Sportsfile
4 September 2016; Seán Kelly, M.E.P, left, and former Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Packie Bonner arriving for the GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final match between Kilkenny and Tipperary at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Paul Mohan/Sportsfile
4 September 2016; Former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern, left, and his brother Maurice arrive for the GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final match between Kilkenny and Tipperary at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Paul Mohan/Sportsfile
4 September 2016; Kilkenny supporters Gus Booth with daughters Shauna Booth, left, age 12, and Colleen Booth, age 14, from Castlecomer, Co Kilkenny, ahead of the GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final match between Kilkenny and Tipperary at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Cody Glenn/Sportsfile
4 September 2016; Kilkenny supporters Aine Rohan, age 12, left, and Caoimhe Mason, age 13, from Carrickshock, Co Kilkenny, ahead of the GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final match between Kilkenny and Tipperary at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Cody Glenn/Sportsfile
4 September 2016; James Sid Ryan from Tipperary town before the GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final match between Kilkenny and Tipperary at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Paul Mohan/Sportsfile
4 September 2016; Tipperary fan Éanna Larkin from Borrisokane, Co. Tipperary, at the GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final match between Kilkenny and Tipperary at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Paul Mohan/Sportsfile
4 September 2016; Margaret McGrath from Emly, Co. Tipperary and James Sid Ryan from Tipperary town before the GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final match between Kilkenny and Tipperary at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Paul Mohan/Sportsfile
4 September 2016; Kilkenny fans Caoime, left, and Dearbhla Kearns from Mooncoin, Co. Kilkenny, before the GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final match between Kilkenny and Tipperary at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Paul Mohan/Sportsfile

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