The inaugural Kilkenny Country Music Festival is ready to roll, and it will be lovely hurling all the way where the gentle Nore meanders softly through the rich farmlands of this fair county.

In one of those rare years when the Kilkenny senior hurling team are not in contention for honours in August, the Young Irelands GAA club in Gowran is now putting a massive community effort behind this truly special day, and people from all generations are planning on making the trip to Gowran for what promises to be the biggest Irish country festival ever staged in the county.