The old course came into being when a poc Fada competition was organised in 1960 for a group of boys from Cumann Ógra naomh Moninne, the youth club An tAthair pól Mac seáin helped set up along with the residents of Fatima in dundalk. the course was measured
sometime after that competition (the first poc Fada) in preparation for the All ireland Final of 1961. stretching from the flat-topped Céide on Annaverna Mountain to where the mountain gave way to the fields of the Mills Family in Aghameen the course was measured using a long rope, a distance of 3 miles and 320 yards.
Knowing the exact distance of the course was not sufficient for the organising committee, to ensure the hurlers got to grips with the terrain in advance a scaled model of the mountain and course was made, available for the competitors’ perusal upon arrival in dundalk for the final.
Modern Course 1981 to Present
In 1981 when the All Ireland Poc Fada Championship returned to the GAA Calendar a circuit course was decided upon, as part of the old course was under forestry.
Designed with emphasis given to accessibility and spectators the course incorporated An Céide and Carn an Mhadaigh (turning point 1 to turning point 2 of the new
circuit course). A new starting point was found, now known as “An Fhána Mór” and no, it’s not an ancient neolithic site of stone Circle. standing stones and dolmen are the purposely built starting and Finishing point for the new circuit as well as the entertainment and prize giving area.
The current course is 5 km. The Senior men complete the full circuit (4 stages). the Camogie contestants poc to An Gabhlan and back again (2 stages) 2.5 km. the boys u16 poc to An Gabhlan and back again (2 stages) 2.5 km. The course map that is included in this programme has been used each year since the “revival” featuring in the 1981 programme which would have set you back a hefty 15 pence!
Old Course 1960 to 1969
Modern Course 1981 to present
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