The College is surrounded by five well-maintained playing pitches. The senior hurling field located at the rear of the school is the main competitive playing field and is used extensively by all of the school’s hurling and football teams for training and competitive fixtures. It is also used by the Kilkenny GAA County Board as a training base for many of it’s development squads and inter-county hurling teams throughout the summer months. A recent addition to our outdoor facilities is the Birchfield pitch which is also used for many competitive fixtures and training sessions. Birchfield was previously used by seminarian students but following the suspension of the seminary it was redeveloped for use by the secondary school as the second full-size playing field for gaelic games.
Other fields on the St. Kieran’s grounds include the Bantile field, which is used during PE classes and for the school’s soccer teams. Fennesy’s field and the 1st year field are used extensively to host the 1st year hurling leagues which run in the school throughout the year. Our range of outdoor facilities allow us to organise many fun events for our students such as the yearly inter-schools 1st year hurling blitz and the Michael Brannigan Memorial cross-country run, participated in by all 1st year students.
Located next to the main playing field is the impressive Pavilion area. This building includes a covered seating area looking out onto the main playing field and two spacious dressing rooms complete with excellent shower and toilet facilities. This facility is used by students both during PE lessons and for training sessions and matches.
The wealth of indoor and outdoor facilities in St. Kieran’s College allow us to offer a wide and varied PE program to our students as well as a diverse selection of extra-curricular sporting activities.