2002 was to prove the most successful season in the Club's history.
The all conquering 1st XV won the South East League, the Provincial Towns
Cup was retained with Carlow beaten in the Final, and the Leinster League
was won for the first time.
McDonald again was Coach and the team was Captained by Willie Mahony,
who won his third Towns Cup medal with Kilkenny.
Winning the Leinster League gave Kilkenny the chance to play-off for promotion
to the AIL.Kilkenny beat Highfield and Westport in the play offs but lost
narrowly to Queens University Belfast to lose out on promotion.
The 2nd XV also captured the Leinster League in 2002 to round off a fantastic
year for the club.You can read a match report of the 2002 Towns Cup Final
2003 proved to be another highly successful year for the Club.
The 1st XV retained the Leinster League but again lost out in the play-
offs for the AIL, beating Westport but losing narrowly to Ards and Bruff.
The 2nd XV had a fabulous season, retaining the Leinster League and winning
the Towns Cup.
The 2nd XV retained the Towns Cup in 2004.
The 1st XV narrowly lost out on 3 Leinster Leagues in a row being pipped
2004 saw the debut of Munster, Ireland and Lions legend Mick Galwey for
Kilkenny 1st XV won the South East League in 2005.
The 2nd XV won the Towns Cup for the 3rd year in row also capturing the
South East League.
The U-14s won the McGowan Cup for the 2nd time in the club's history.
Kilkenny RFC also toured Argentina in 2005.
In 2006 ex-Kilkenny player Ian Dowling won the Heineken Cup with Munster,
Ian burst on the Munster scene playing every match in the winning Heineken
Ian won Provincial Towns Cups with Kilkenny in 2001 and 2002 and Leinster
Leagues in 2002 and 2003.
In 2008 ex-Kilkenny player Ian Dowling won a 2nd Heineken Cup with Munster
and also toured New Zealand with Ireland.
In 2009 Kilkenny 1sts gained promotion to Div. 1B of the Leinster League.Kilkenny
U-14s won the McGowan Cup and Ian Dowling won his first senior Ireland
caps on the summer tour to Canada and America.
The 1st XV under coach Steve Ashmore won Div.2A of the Leinster League in 2013 and Div.1B in 2015.
The 1st XV also suffered the heartbreak of losing 2 Towns Cup Finals.
In 2014 the 1sts lost to Ashbourne 6-3 after extra-time in Tullow, while losing to Enniscorthy in the 2015 Final, also by the narrowest of margins 9-8 in Cill Dara.
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