2017 All-Ireland Poc Fada launched

2017 All-Ireland Poc Fada launched

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The 2017 M. Donnelly GAA All-Ireland Poc Fada Finals was officially launched by GAA Leas-Uachtarán, Jim Bolger in Croke Park today.

The All-Ireland Poc Fada finals in hurling and camogie will be held on the Cooley Mountains on Saturday August 5th. The competition was first held in 1960 and following a short hiatus from 1970-1980, it returned in 1981 and has been ever-present on the National calendar since.

The unique GAA contest promises to be a great day of sport.

Defending senior hurling champion James McInerney (An Clár) puts his crown on the line against a high calibre field that includes All-Star winning goalkeepers Brendan Cummins (Tipperary) and Eoin Murphy (Kilkenny).

Aoife Murray (Corcaigh) also returns to defend the Senior titles she captured 12 months ago. Cathal Kiely (Uíbh Fhailí) does likewise in the Under 16 hurling competition and he will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of his older brother and current Offaly senior player, Cillian by annexing the title for a second year-in-a-row. The 2015 and 2016 Under 16 camogie winner, Sarah Healy (Gaillimh) returns to the mountain but she is taking part in the Senior competition for the first time.

Across all competitions hurlers and camógs from Clare, Louth, Antrim, Derry, Laois, Dublin, Galway, Limerick, Tipperary, Kilkenny, Down, Roscommon, Offaly, Cork and Meath will have the opportunity to compete for an All-Ireland title.

Donnelly GAA All-Ireland Final Proceedings will get under way at 11.00am on Annaverna Mountain, Ravensdale, Co. Louth on Saturday, August 5th.

Speaking at the launch Martin Donnelly said “I’m particularly proud to continue my association with the Poc Fada, supporting this wonderful and exciting competition as this is my 21st year sponsoring the Finals in the Cooley Mountain. This year’s finals promise to be “as good as ever” with James McInerney and Aoife Murray returning to defend their titles against very stiff opposition.”

Humphrey Kelleher, Chairman of the National Poc Fada Committee stated: “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. I am particularly delighted that most counties and provinces have held their competition on “mountain courses” this year. That gives the final contestants a real flavour for what they will face on the mountain.”

Competitors

Senior Hurling

  1. James McInerney (Clare)
  2. Gerard Smith (Louth)
  3. Donal McKernan (Antrim)
  4. Ruairi Convery (Derry)
  5. Eoin Reilly (Laois)
  6. Fintan O’Brien (Dublin)
  7. Mark Fahy (Galway)
  8. Tadhg Haran (Galway)
  9. Brian O’Loughlin (Clare)
  10. John Chawke (Limerick)
  11. Brendan Cummins (Tipperary)
  12. Eoin Murphy (Kilkenny)

U-16 Hurling

  1. Ciaran Watson (Down)
  2. Adam Donnelly (Roscommon)
  3. Cathal Kiely (Offaly)
  4. Ryan Renehan (Tipperary)

Senior Camogie

  1. Aoife Murray (Cork)
  2. All-Star Pick to be confirmed
  3. Orlagh O’Hara (Antrim)
  4. Faye McCarthy (Dublin)
  5. Sarah Healy (Galway)
  6. Áine O’Loughlin (An Clár)

U-16 Camogie

  1. Roisin McCormick (Antrim)
  2. Abbye Donnnelly (Meath)
  3. Maeve Muldoon (Galway)
  4. Molly Lynch (Corcaigh)
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Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick.

Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station’s flagship current affairs programme.

He was also the station’s News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day.

As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.

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