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Tyrone Poc Fada launch

posted 22 May 2013, 06:38 by Unknown user

Friday night, saw the official launch of the Tyrone póc-fada which for the first time will be hosted by the Eoghan Ruadh Hurling club. The launch took place at the offices of Dungannon and South Tyrone Borough Council and was hosted by The Mayor Phelim Gildernew and attended by councillors Mulligan, Mc Guigan and Molloy with a buffett supper and refreshments before speeches by the Mayor, Tony Fawl a stalwart of Tyrone hurling and member of the National póc-fada committee from Croke Park, Ursula Jordan Tyrone Camogie association secretary and Ciarán Coyle, secretary of host club Eoghan Ruadh.

Mayor Councillor Phelim Gildernew stated, “As a Council we are delighted through our Good Relations Programme, to financially support EoghanRuadh’s hosting of the Póc fada.  Indeed it gives me great delight to officially launch the 2013 Tyrone PócFada and just as the press debate between Michael Cusack and Maurice Davin reignited the passion for hurling in the late 1800’s so Eoghan Ruadh has continued the enthusiasm displayed by those two men.  To this end I have no doubt that the County Tyrone  Póc-Fada will be a marvelous showcase of gaelic games in action.”

Publicity photos for the launch were taken and the Mayor thanked all for attendance and wished Tyrone hurling all the best in their semi-final of the Nicky Rackard competition and also extended his best wishes to Eoghan Ruadh for their hosting of the póc-fada and said he hoped the weather was the same next Friday night.

Eoghan Ruadh would like to take this opportunity to thank D&STB council for their support of the event and continued support and the Mayor for again hosting a reception for the launch of the Póc-fada, which the club hope to make into a bigger and better annual event.

Fridays nights action will commence from the hurling pitch { formerly the girls intermediate playing fields } at 7-00pm with the first póc being hit by special Olympics golf gold medallist Patrick Donnelly { cousin of senior eoghan ruadh and Tyrone hurler Stevie { bubbles } Donnelly and senior Naomh Treása camog Corinna Donnelly. The competition sees competitors taking on the challenging ‘wiggys hill’ course and will be contested by 2 senior hurlers and camogs and 2 u16s hurlers and camogs from each of the county hurling and camogie teams going out in groups of 4 with a spotter for each player to mark each players sliótar where it lands and an official score keeper to keep count of all pócs taken by each player. During the póc-fada an official will relay the scores of each competitor from various points around the course back to base to be displayed to the spectators and keep them informed of proceedings. A bbq and refreshments will be available during and after the Póc-fada for spectators and competitors and also for the parents of both u14 teams from Eoghan Ruadh hurling club and Naomh Treása camogie club, who have qualified for the All-Ireland Feile na nGael competition in Limerick over the 5/7 July. A presentation of prizes will take place immediately after the last competitors have registered their finishing scores, with the winners going forward to represent Tyrone at the Ulster Póc-fada held over Divis mountain.