Tipperary's Brendan Cummins and Waterford's Patricia Jackman emerged victorious from a host of big names to emerge victorious at the rearranged 2014 M. Donnelly GAA All Ireland Poc Fada Finals yesterday.
Cummins captured an unprecedented eight title while Jackman won her sixth. Meanwhile, it was a great day for Donal McKernan in the U16 finals - he won that tile with 26 pucks and by seven metres.
GAA Uachtarán, Liam Ó Néill and a list of legendary top names like Tipperary legend Donie Nealon were all in attendance at the Annaverna Mountain, Ravensdale, Cooley, Co. Louth.
It was always expected that the senior mens event would be a 'puck-off' between All-Ireland winners Brendan Cummins and Clare goalkeeper Patrick Kelly and Laois' Eoin Reilly and it was almost that. Cummins hit top form once again with 52 pucks and 63 metres, while Derry's Ruairi Convery came second with 57 pucks, 75 metres. Reilly took third place with 57 pucks, 30 metres.
Conditions were absolutely perfect for this unique GAA sporting and cultural contest and Cummins was thrilled to win again.
"It's a record I'd wanted to capture but it was a very competitive event," Cummins admitted. "I knew the competition would be very stiff and I had prepared for that. It's an event that has increased in profile - the fact that GAA president Liam O'Neill will be in attendance really boosted the profile, I think."
The full list of finalists were Donal O’Brien (Mayo), Eoin Reilly (Laois), Andrew Fahy (Clare) and Ruairi Convery (Derry). The four provincial runners-up Patrick McKillion (Tyrone), Stevie Brenner (Waterford), Nigel Daly (Galway) and Kevin Walsh (Kilkenny). Patrick Kelly (Clare) and Alan Nolan (Dublin) were also on the list.
Meanwhile, Patricia Jackman was also a favourite to make history and she did exactly that by winning again with 29 pucks, 62 metres. Catriona Daly and Martine McMahon were in second and third place with scores of 29 pucks, 62 metres and 29 pucks, 15 metres respectively.
The decorated camogie star was always going to face strong competition from Daly (Galway) and McMahon.
The M Donnelly Under 16 All Ireland Poc Fada saw Antrim's McKernan (26 pucks, 7 metres) topple Alan Kelly (Laois) and Barry Kenneally (Cork).
Speaking at the event GAA Uachtarán, Liam Ó Néill said “There are few events in our diary that stand out from the rest of our activities in the same way as the Poc Fada. The Annaverna Mountain was the perfect picturesque setting for a truly unique event and the contestants included some of the highest profile hurlers in our game who were participating at a time of the year when their season reaches fever pitch. That says everything about the importance they place on their involvement."
Sponsor Martin Donnelly was on hand to make a special presentation to Tipperary legend Donie Nealon, a lifetime supporter of the event. It was an especially great day for Nealon as his club, Burgess, qualified for the North Tipperary senior hurling final.
After the finals Humphrey Kelleher, Chairman of the National Poc Fada Committee stated: “This was a massive success. An Poc Fada is one of our finest traditions and we in the GAA, whether it be at club, county, provincial or national level have a responsibility to cherish and develop it to the best of our ability. It is incumbent upon us all to pass on to the next generation this intrinsic part of our Gaelic Games culture in a healthy and vibrant state.”
1. Kevin Walsh - Kilkenny
A stalwart of Piltown, Kevin has played hurling since the age of five; he played Harty Cup for De La Salle and made the Kilkenny under 14, minor and U21 teams.
2. Alan Nolan - Dublin
3. Nigel Daly - Galway
Nigel was part of the 2012 Killimordaly team that won the intermediate championship. He can play both outfield and in goals and is accomplished in both positions.
4. Eoin Reilly - Laois
Eoin finished second in the 2012 Poc Fada and is one of the favourites for today’s title. The St Lazarian’s Abbeyleix clubman made his name as Laois senior goalkeeper and makes his third All Ireland Poc Fada appearance here.
5. Patrick McKillion - Tyrone
Patrick set a new course record in last year's Tyrone Poc Fada final. He completed the course in 61 pocs at last year's All-Ireland final. He played for Tyrone in the All-Ireland minor C final a few years ago.
6. Patrick Kelly - Clare
7. Stephen Clynch - Meath
8. Andrew Fahy – Clare
Andrew hails from Whitegate in Clare and is taking part in his second All-Ireland Poc Fada final today. He will be hoping to bring the title back to the Banner for the first time since 2002 when Davy Fitzgerald was victorious.
9. Donal O'Brien – Mayo
Donal hails from SIlvermines in Tipperary and his father Michael was Tipperary GAA secretary for many years. He currently plays for Ballyhaunis and has been one of Mayo’s top hurlers in recent seasons – he also starred with the Tipp intermediate team.
10. Ruari Convery - Derry
Ruairi usually plays at wing forward for Derry and is one of the best known hurlers in Ulster. The Swatragh man has been playing at intercounty level for 11 years now and kicked of the year in fine style scoring 1-8 in his first 2014 Kehoe Cup game.
11. Stevie Brenner – Waterford
Brenner made his name with Waterford and has also been renowned for his performances in this competition. The De La Salle clubman will be hoping to win the championship and bring the honours back to the south-east – it’s been a while since Liam Tobin managed that in 1969.
12. Brendan Cummins – Tipperary
The most decorated hurler on today’s card, and also one of the most unassuming guys around. His records are well known and today he goes hunting for history in the shape of an eight All-Ireland Poc Fada title.
1. Alan Kelly – Laois
Alan hails from Abbeyleix and comes through after winning the Leinster championship in Howth, beating off competition from 11 other rivals. He has already played in goal for the Laois U14 team.
2. Barry Kenneally - Cork
Barry is the current u16 hurling goalie with Cork Rebel Og team. He has captained his club to u15 county honours last year and scored the winning point from well inside his own half. He has won numerous county and munster medals with his school Colaiste Threasa Kanturk.
3. Donal McKernan – Antrim
The Padraig Sairseal club man has already made his way into Antrim Development Squads and also represented Ulster as provincial champion last year.
4. Jack Coyne – Galway
The Castlegar won the Connacht U16 Poc Fada last year at the Connacht Centre of Excellence. He plays outfield for his club.
1. Catriona Daly - Galway
Catriona has a serious pedigree; she won two All Ireland U16 A Medals and then continued the progress with an All Ireland minor medal and three Connacht Poc Fada Senior Title. This is her fourth time in the All Ireland Poc Fada.
2. Aoibheann Murphy - Armagh
Aoibheann plays club camogie with Ballymacnab Armagh where she plays as a keeper and also a forward. She plays camogie with the Armagh senior team as a forward. She competed in All Ireland Poc Fada in 2012.
3. Louise Dougan - Derry
Louise has won an U18 Championship, junior, Intermediate and Senior championship. She frequently received player of the match during Derry's senior championship run in 2012.
4. Niamh Mackin - Louth
This is Niamh's third time taking part in Poc Fada. The St Brides player has been captain of her club on many occasions and has been starring in camogie competitions since under eight.
5. Stephanie Carthy - Dublin
Stephanie played for the Leinster Interprovincial team 2007-2008. She was an All Ireland runner up at Junior A level in 2012; the same season that she won a National League medal. She was a Poc Fada winner that year in Dublin too which crowned a great year.
6. Martine McMahon - Limerick
Martine was the Munster Poc Fada champion in 2012 and that year she finished as runner up in the All Ireland final . She has a Division 2 League medal with Limerick from 2013 and an All Ireland minor B title with Limerick from 2011 as well as an U/16 B All Ireland before that.
7. Patricia Jackman - Waterford
What a CV Patricia has. It features five All Ireland Poc Fada titles, an Intermediate All Ireland medal from 2011. She also has three Ashbourne Cups and two Ashbourne All Stars as well as a Munster Colleges title and two county senior crowns.
A HOST of big names were in
attendance for the launch of the 2014 M. Donnelly GAA All Ireland Poc Fada Finals
at Croke Park.
Latest Competitor News!
The 2011 & 2012 All Star Goalkeepers Anthony Nash (Cork) and Gary Maguire (Dublin) have had to withdraw leaving the door open for 2 late replacements - the 2010 All Ireland Poc Fada champion Graham Clarke and Galway's goalkeeper Colm Callanan who finished 3rd in this year's Connacht final.
There are now three All Ireland Poc Fada champions in the field, four including young Cillian Kiely of Offaly!
In the Under 16 Final the Leinster finalist Kevin McDonald (Carlow) has withdrawn thus the Leinster runner up and Louth Poc Fada Champion Shane Connolly has got the call - Home advantage? Definitely the favourite!
1. Gary Maguire (Dublin)
2. Eoin Reilly (Laois)
3. Anthony Nash (Cork)
4. Patrick McKillion (Tyrone)
5. Sean McBride (Derry)
6. James Skehill (Galway)
7. Cillian Kiely (Offaly) .
8. Andrew Fahey (Clare)
9. Gerry Fallon (Roscommon)
10. Donal Óg Cusack (Cork)
11. Stevie Brenner (Waterford)
12. Brendan Cummins (Tipperary)
A. Cillian Kiely (Offaly) & Sean McBride (Derry)
B. Gerry Fallon (Roscommon) & Anthony Nash (Cork)
C. James Skehill (Galway) & Brendan Cummins (Tipperary)
D. Donal Óg Cusack & Eoin Reilly (Laois)
E. Andrew Fahey (Clare) & Patrick McKillion (Tyrone)
F. Stevie Brenner (Waterford) & Gary Maguire (Dublin)
1. Niamh Mackin (Louth)
2. Catriona Mc Crickard (Down)
3. Martine McMahon (Limerick)
4. Bronagh Mone (Armagh)
5. Catriona Daly (Galway)
6. Deirdre Colfer (Wexford)
7. Patricia Jackman (Waterford)
1. Jack Coyne (Galway)
2. Adam O Brien (Limerick)
3. Donal McKernan (Antrim)
4. Kevin McDonald (Carlow)
The 2013 M. Donnelly GAA All Ireland Poc Fada Finals was officially launched today by GAA Uachtarán, Liam Ó Néill and Uachtarán An Cumann Camogaíochta, Aileen Lawlor in Croke Park.
The finals will take place on Saturday the 3rd of August 2013 on Annaverna Mountain, Ravensdale, Cooley, Co. Louth at 11am where a number of Ireland’s top inter-county goalkeepers including, former Cork All Star Donal Óg Cusack, 2011 All Star Dublin Gary Maguire, 2012 All Star Cork Anthony Nash and Connacht Poc Fada winner Galway James Skehill & 2012 All Ireland Poc Fada champion Tipperary Brendan Cummins will be battling out to become the 2013 Champion.
The unique GAA sporting and cultural contest promises to be a great day of sport. The Provincial Poc Fada Champions James Skehill (Galway), Eoin Reilly (Laois), Stevie Brenner (Waterford) and Sean McBride (Derry) will also participate in this year’s Poc Fada as will the four Provincial Runners Up Patrick McKillion (Tyrone), Andrew Fahey (Clare), Gerry Fallon (Roscommon) and Cillian Kiely (Offaly).
Patricia Jackman of Waterford will be attempting to make history by winning her fifth M Donnelly Camogie Poc Fada title in a row. She however will face strong competition from Catriona Daly (Galway), Deirdre Colfer (Limerick), Martine McMahon (Wexford), Catriona Mc Crickard (Down), Bronagh Mone (Armagh) & Niamh Mackin (Louth).
The M Donnelly Under 16 All Ireland Poc Fada will see Jack Coyne (Galway) Kevin McDonald (Carlow), Adam O Brien (Limerick) & Donal McKernan (Antrim) compete for the prestigious title.
Speaking at the launch GAA Uachtarán, Liam Ó Néill said “There are few events in our diary that stand out from the rest of our activities in the same way as the Poc Fada. The Annaverna Mountain is the perfect picturesque setting for truly unique event and with the contestants including some of the highest profile hurlers in our game who are participating at a time of the year when their season reaches fever pitch, in itself says everything about the importance they place on their involvement. I would also like to thank Martin Donnelly for his continued support of the Competition, this year will be the 17th sponsoring the Finals in the Cooley Mountains. Also to our partners TopFlight whose involvement has raised the profile of the County & Provincial finals.”
Speaking at the launch Uachtarán An Cumann Camogaíochta, Aileen Lawlor said “Camogie are delighted once again to take part in the annual Poc Fada Finals, this will be our
10th year taking part and over the last number of years competition has been quite stiff with only a poc of the sliotar between the contestants,”
Speaking at the launch Martin Donnelly said “I am delighted to continue support of this wonderful competition, which is a truly unique event, and I am sure this year’s final will be one of the best“
Tony Collins, MD of Topflight added “The Poc Fada in the Snow has been an integral part of the Topflight Today FM Ski Trip, for many years, inspired by Paul Collins from Today FM.
We are delighted that the 4 Provincial winners of the M.Donnelly GAA Poc Fada Championship 2013 will be joining the 2014 Topflight Today FM Ski Trip as part of their prize – sponsored by Topflight – and taking part in the Poc Fada in the Snow whilst on the trip.
We wish James, Eoin, Stevie and Sean well on 3rd August in the Cooley Mountains”
Humphrey Kelleher, Chairman of the National Poc Fada Committee stated that “An Poc Fada is one of our finest traditions and we in the GAA, whether it be at Club, County, Provincial or National level have a responsibility to cherish and develop it to the best of our ability. It is incumbent upon us all to pass on to the next generation this intrinsic part of our Gaelic Games culture in a healthy and vibrant state.”
The sunshine had the Glen looking resplendent last Saturday as the contestants made their way to the starting point.
With only Limerick's Martina McMahon & Tipperary's Ciara Holohan battling it out for the title, McMahon showed her strength and inter county experience by laying down an early marker to her opponent. She completed the course in 26 pucks and will now represent Munster at the All Ireland Puc Fada finals in the Cooley Mountains in August.
With reigning All Ireland Champion and fellow Munster lady Trish Jackman looking to defend her title, it promises to be some battle in this time honoured competition.
Munster Puc Fada Champion, Martina Mc Mahon from Limerick. Pictured at the Glen of Aherlow, Tipperary with Munster Council Chairman Eamon Browne.
By Cóilín Duffy
Waterford's Stephen Brenner claimed the Munster Senior Poc Fada title for the third year in succession in balmy conditions at the Glen Of Aherlow in Tipperary on Saturday July 13th.
Brenner captured his fourth title, completing the course in 26 pocs, two ahead of second place Andrew Fahey from Clare.
Limerick's Adam O'Brien took Under 16 honours in 19 pocs, with the rest of the field all finishing with 20 pocs.
Meanwhile, Martina McMahon claimed Camogie honours, with the 18-year old Limerick player finishing in 21 pocs
By Cóilín Duffy
Laois goalkeeper Eoin Reilly claimed his second Leinster Senior Poc Fada title at St. Mullins, Carlow in ideal weather conditions on Thursday July 11th.
Reilly completed the five-kilometre road course in 55 pocs, one ahead of former two-time Under 16 All-Ireland champion Offaly's Cillian Kiely.
Reilly and Kiely will now take part in the M Donnelly All-Ireland Poc Fada on the August Bank Holiday weekend in the Cooley Mountains.
Carlow's Kevin McDonald took the Under 16 title, finishing the course in 58 pocs.
Afterwards, Michael Walsh presented the Ollie Walsh Memorial Trophy to Eoin Reilly, while Leinster GAA Chairman Martin Skelly made the presentation of the second place trophy to Cillian Kiely, in the presence of National Poc Fada Chairman Humphrey Kelliher.
LEINSTER POC FADA 2013
1st Eoin Reilly (St. Lazarians, Abbeyleix, Laois) 55
2nd Cillian Kiely (Kilcormac-Killoughey Offaly) 56
3rd James O'Hara (Naomh Eoin, Carlow) 59
4th Gerard Smyth (Pearse Óg, Louth) 59
5th Tom Finn (Avondale, Wicklow) 60
6th Cormac Ryan (Whitehall Colmcille, Dublin) 60
7th Richie McNamara (Kilmacow, Kilkenny) 61
8th Charlie Bird (Boardsmill, Meath) 61
9th Aidan Buggle (Ardclough, Kildare) 61
10th Mark Butler (St. Martin's, Wexford) 62
11th Pat Burke (Ringtown, Westmeath) 65
12th Karl Murray (Clonguish, Longford) 71
1st Kevin McDonald (Mount Leinster Rangers, Carlow) 58
2nd Jack Sheridan (Naas, Kildare) 59
Shane Connolly (Naomh Moninne, Louth) 59
4th Cathal Brien (Kiltale, Meath) 60
5th Conor Molloy (Coolderry, Offaly) 61
6th Sean Maher (Castletown Geoghegan, Westmeath) 62
7th Darragh Byrne (Blackwater, Wexford) 65
8th Enda Donoghue (Carnew Emmets, Wicklow) 68
9th Ned Walton (St. Lazarian's Abbeyleix, Laois) 69
10th Daniel Connell (Wolfe Tones, Edgeworthstown, Longford) 72