M Donnelly All-Ireland Poc Fada Final 2010 this Saturday

July 27, 2010

The M Donnelly All-Ireland Poc Fada Final which takes place on Annaverna Mountain Ravensdale takes place this Saturday (31st). The unique sporting and cultural GAA event which is this year once again sponsored by Martin Donnelly (MD) will also see the All-Ireland Camogie and Under 16 Poc Fada contests.

2009 Champion Roscommon’s Gerry Fallon will be there to defend his title. He faces stiff competition from Ulster Poc Fada Champion Ruairi Convery (Down), Lenister Champion Eoin Ryan  (Laois) Eamon Coffey (Cork) the Munster Poc Fada Provincial winner and James Skehill (Galway) the Connacht Champion.  Kilkenny All-Ireland winning goalkeeper, James McGarry, Wexford’s All-Ireland and all star Damien Fitzhenry and Downs Graham Clarke will also participate in this years Poc Fada which is over a challenging mountain 5km course. Karol Keating (Down), Brendan McNamara(Clare) and Donal O Brien (Mayo) will also be attempting to win the prestigious all Ireland medal for this event.

Waterfords Patricia Jackman will be back on the famous mountain course to defend her Camogie All Ireland title against the challenges of Connaught Champion – Stephanie Gannon (Athenry, Galway), Leinster Champion – Voureen Quigley (Kilkerley, Louth), Munster Champion – Jacqui O’Connor (St Ibarrs Shelmeliers, Wexford), Ulster Champion – Fionnuala Carr (Down), Armagh Champion – Bernie Murray (Cullyhanna) and Louth Champion – Catriona Cantwell (St. Anne’s).

The hurlers in this year’s Under 16 Poc Fada are Patrick Nugent, Antrim, Sean Tracey, Waterford, Owen Tracey, Galway and Dónall Connolly (Jnr), Louth

Chairperson of the national Coiste of An Poc Fada, Donie Nealon said that a great day’s competition was expected. “This is a very unique sporting event. We can expect a close contest” said the former Tipperary star hurler and Munster Council secretary. Louth’s Pat Hamilton, who serves as secretary of the National Poc Fada Committee, reminded all those intending to attend the event that they should come prepared for the rugged mountain course. He also appealed to any local GAA Hurling, Camogie and Football Clubs wishing to assist at the event to contact him.

The full line out will be announced and draws for the Comortas Beirte (Pairs) contest will take place early this week at the M Donnelly All-Ireland Poc Fada launch in Croke Park.

This year, once again, an appeal is being made by the organsisers to all clubs and indivduals with an interest in this unique sporting event to come along on the day and help out. Anyone wishing to take on a role should contact Josie Maguire ( 0871329120 or Pat Mc Ginn ( 02830839134. All involved should ensure that they are on the mountain by 12noon.

The Camogie and Under 16 Competitions start at 12.30pm with the senior Poc Fada commencing at 1pm