New Venture at Downpatrick Racecourse.
Supported by O’Neill’s & Caman Hurls.. The winners will receive a Down jersey from O’Neill’s & a hurl designed by themselves from Caman
On Saturday next, 1st June 2013at 10.00am, Down GAA in conjunction with National Committee commence their Hurling and Camogie Poc Fada around the idyllic setting of Downpatrick Racecourse.
Each County was requested to select an ‘area of beauty’ within their own county, this venue illustrates such a location and to those who have attended it during race events fully concur and would be appreciative off its beauty and charm.
Poc Fada is part of the GAA folklore which is often forgotten about, this Year in order to revive it to its rightful place within the GAA Planning Calendar, Uachtaráin C.L.G., Liam O’Neill, appointed a new and vibrant Committee under the Chairperson of Humphrey Kelleher.
The simple rules of the competition is; each competitor pucks the sliothar round the 2 furlong course (jumps optional) and the person with the fewest pucks is declared the winner, each competitor will be accompanied with a ‘spotter’ and ‘score keeper’.
Whilst the main competition will be the Senior Men’s section, as they will receive a ‘County Championship’ Medal, progress to provincial final at Divis Mountain, Belfast, on 21st June 2013, with the winner of the Provincial Final going to Cooley Mountains for the All Ireland final on August 2013. Each Senior Men’s Poc Fada Hurling Provincial Winner will receive a trip on the Today FM, Topflight Ski Trip in 2014, (Flights and 3 night’s accommodation) where they will take part in the Annual Topflight Poc Fada Competition on the Ski Slopes.
There are also sections for Senior Ladies Camogie, along with U-16 Camogie and Hurling Competitors, they also compete at Provincial finals on Divis Mountain.
On the day; as a Down initiative, teams of 3 competitors per Team, representing former players, Minors, Administrators and others will also be pucking the Sliothar around the course for the Honour of being the inaugural winners.
At time of writing there are in Hurling, 11 Senior Men, 12 U-16 Youth’s, 7 Senior Camogie, and 8 U-16 Camogie Competitors, along with 21 Other Teams.
This is an opportunity to observe the finer skills of Hurling and Camogie, along with a chance to sample the delights of the magnificent setting of the Racecourse (free entrance), and should you wish to take a stroll, enjoy the undulating walk round the 2 furlong course.
The Down GAA Co. Committee would wish to take this opportunity to thank the Management and Staff of the Downpatrick Racecourse Committee, for making the venue available for this inaugural event.
Come along and support, observe competitors from all ove the County, make visitors welcome to the Co. Town of Down.