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Parts of the roof at Nowlan Park Kilkenny that blew down in high winds

Parts of the roof at Nowlan Park Kilkenny that blew down in high winds

Parts of the roof at Nowlan Park Kilkenny that blew down in high winds

Kilkenny will play their home league matches at Nowlan Park despite the damage done to the roof of the old stand during Wednesday's violent weather storm.

Further inspection yesterday has established that the venue will be safe despite the damage.

It is anticipated that the entire roof will come down and be replaced over time.

Kilkenny have three home matches over the next six weeks, starting with the visit of Tipperary tomorrow week. They are then scheduled to face off against Galway and Waterford in subsequent weekends.

Meanwhile, Clare officials will continue to monitor the surface of Cusack Park ahead of tomorrow's meeting between league champions Kilkenny and the new All-Ireland champions.

Heavy rainfall in Ennis has placed fresh question marks over Cusack Park, but officials are confident that the match will go ahead as planned if there is no further adverse weather.

Clare moved their football league match against Leitrim out of Cusack Park last weekend, but that was thought to be a precautionary measure more than the surface being unplayable.

There is no question of the Banner forfeiting home advantage if Cusack Park is ruled out.

Tonight's matches between Cork and Limerick in Division 1B and Tipperary and Waterford in 1A at Pairc Ui Rinn and Semple Stadium are not in any doubt.

Irish Independent