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The roof at Nowlan Park blew down in high winds

The roof at Nowlan Park blew down in high winds

The roof at Nowlan Park blew down in high winds

SUPPORTERS going to tomorrow's mouthwatering National Hurling League clash between Kilkenny and Tipperary have been urged to pre-purchase tickets at the usual outlets for the discounted €10 rate as no cash will be taken at the stiles in Nowlan Park.

Kilkenny officials have allayed any safety fears ahead of the big game after stripping off the entire roof – which contained asbestos – the venue's old stand (Ardan Breathnach) on the O'Loughlin Road.

When a section of the roof suffered storm damage two weeks ago, the public was issued with a safety warning not to handle any of the debris because of its asbestos content.

A special contractor had to be employed to do the clean-up and the remainder of the roof has been removed in time for the big game.

Kilkenny officials are expecting 10,000 for tomorrow's clash which is also live on television.

And even though the old stand has no roof, the ground still has covered accommodation for 18,000 on the three other sides, though one is an unseated terrace.

Kilkenny are now unlikely to have a cover on their old stand again until the summer at least as they must now apply for planning permission to re-roof it.

Irish Independent