The Cats were always in control as they led by three points at half-time (0-6 to 0-3) before produced a top-class second half show to overcome the hosts.
Midfielder Darren Mullen set the tone for the victors with a superb point from play in the opening minute and although Liam O’Donnell got two nice points for the Déise to level matters at 0-3 each, Kilkenny finished the half with a flourish. Impressive Kilkenny corner-forward James Bergin scored two points in the space of 60 seconds and when Edmond Delaney notched the final score of the half from play, Kilkenny were in command.
While Waterford captain Eoghan Murray got the first point from a placed ball in the opening minute of the second half to narrow the gap to two points, it was the closest the hosts came to their superb opponents.
Delaney landed two amazing points from near the sideline in the space of two minutes and when Darren Mullen chipped in with another score, Kilkenny led by 0-10 to 0-5 with ten minutes remaining.
James Bergin scored another wonderful effort from play shortly afterwards before Waterford’s Eoghan Murray and Kilkenny’s Brian Kavanagh traded late goals. But there was no doubting that the best team won this game as Kilkenny claimed their fourth Tony Forristal title.
Meanwhile, Cork won the Sonny Walsh Division 2 final as they proved too strong for Wexford, the Rebels winning 2-10 to 1-5 with Ronan Harrington and David Stack netting the goals for the victors.
Scorers for Kilkenny: E. Delaney (0-5, 0-1f), B. Kavanagh (1-0), D. Mullen (0-3), J. Bergin (0-3), C. Kavanagh (0-1)
Scorers for Waterford: E. Murray (1-3, 0-3f), L.O’Connell (0-2)
KILKENNY PANEL: Liam Dunphy (Lisdowney), Cian Butler (Dicksboro), Donal Cass (Conahy-Shamrocks), Evan Carroll (Dicksboro), Tommy Walsh (Tullaroan), Mark Drennan (Barrow Rangers)! Paddy Nolan (St. Fiacre’s), Chris Kavanagh (Dicksboro), Darren Mullen (Ballyhale Shamrocks), Sean Buggy (Erin’s Own), Edward Moylan (Dicksboro), Edmond Delaney (Conahy-Shamrocks), Patrick Kennedy (James Stephens), Matt Kenny (Clara), Hugh Corkery (Bennettsbridge), Tom Whitty (Danesfort), Shane Dawson (St. Lachtain’s), Brian Kavanagh (Lisdowney), Mark Kearns (Mooncoin), Sean Bolger (O’Loughlin Gaels), Terry Dreeling (St. Fiacre’s)
WATERFORD PANEL: Luke Power (Portlaw), Darragh McGrath (Abbeyside), Eoin Barry (Clonea), Darragh Mulcahy (Cois Brid), Donal Power (Passage), Aaron Whelan (Lismore), Nathan O’Mahony (Cappoquin), Eoghan Murray (Cappoquin), Jamie Murphy (Portlaw), Gavin Coppinger (De La Salle), Conor Curran (An Ghaeltacht), Glenn Waters (Dungarvan), Ben Flanagan (Mount Sion), Billy Nolan (Roanmore), Eoghan Casey (Dunhill), Daniel O’Keeffe (Lismore), Anthony McGlone (Lismore), Eoin Daly (Sacred Heart), Liam O’Connell (St. Oliver’s), Jack Prendergast (Lismore), Tadhg Myler (St. Saviour’s), Ross Coffey O’Shea (Ballyduff Lower), Michael Mahony (Ballygunner), Dylan Mangan (Cois Brid)
Referee: Fergal Horgan (Tipperary).