M Donnelly All-Ireland Poc Fada Finals 2010


Last Saturday’s Finals were a celebration of the 50th Anniversary of “An Poc Fada” which began in 1960, a special presentation was made to Damien Callan the first ever winner of the event on the Annaverna Mountain by Bernard Dunne (representing the sponsor M Donnelly & Co.) and Seamus Howlin Chairman of the Leinster GAA Council.

For more information on the history of the event go to www.anpocfada.net.

Down’s Graham Clarke was King of the Mountain for the first time after claiming the overall title in the M Donnelly All-Ireland Poc Fada competition in dry but windy conditions at the Annaverna Mountain in Cooley, Co. Louth yesterday.

In the best weather conditions witnessed at the venue in many years, Clarke took honours ahead of Clare’s Brendan McNamara, finishing the five kilometre course in 51 pocs.

Just half a puck separated the pair entering the final straight, but the Down Senior goalkeeper drove some spectacular shots towards the end to see him with four pucks to spare at the finish.

Clarke, a regular competitor in this event; had double cause for celebration, on a day which saw Down footballers upset the odds against Kerry at Croke Park.

However, the ‘Comortais Beirte’ title failed to go the Down custodian’s way, as Clarke and Tipperary’s Eoin Kelly had to be content with second spot in the pairs event.

Last year’s overall winner Gerry Fallon claimed a stake in the pairs title for the second year-in-a-row, as the Roscommon Senior hurling captain teamed up with Galway’s James Skehill to claim the title with 113 pucks, with only 65 metres to spare over second placed Clarke and Kelly.

Meanwhile, Waterford’s Patricia Jackman won the Senior Camogie title in 28 pucks.

Jackman, in her fifth year in the competition again proved impressive; finishing inside the top two for the fifth time; as she claimed back-to-back honours.

Down’s Fionnuala Carr, daughter of former Senior football manager Ross; claimed second spot with 29 pucks.

Galway’s Owen Treacy was the Under 16 boys winner, after he claimed the title in 26 pucks; two ahead of Munster Champion, and Lismore, Waterford clubman Sean Barry.

(Message from the Secretary of An Poc Fada National Committee Pat Hamilton)

Many thanks to the Club members in Louth & Armagh who assisted as scorekeepers & flag-bearers at Annaverna and a sincere thank you to the all Committee members who also helped to make the 2010 M.Donnelly Poc Fada Finals such a great day. Your hard work is deeply appreciated.

Congratulations also to all the Contestants who competed especially our Winners Patricia Jackman (Waterford) 2010 Camogie Poc Fada Champion & 2009 Winner.

Owen Tracy (Galway) Boys U16 Champion.

Pairs Winners Gerry Fallon (Roscommon) + James Skehill (Galway).

2010 M.Donnelly Poc Fada Champion Graham Clarke (Down).

The M Donnelly All Ireland Poc Fada Finals will take place on Annaverna Mountain Ravensdale this coming 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 (Derry), Leinster Champion Eoin Reilly (Laois) Seamus 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 Down’s 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. Meaths Neil Hackett is also participating this year.

Waterford’s 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. Annes).

The hurlers in this year’s Under 16 Poc Fada are Patrick Nugent Antrim, Sean Barry Waterford, Owen Tracey Galway and Dónall Connolly (Jnr) Louth Chairperson of the national Coiste of An Poc Fada, Donie Nealon said that a great days completion 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 on Wednesday next 28th July at the M Donnelly All Ireland Poc Fada launch in Croke Park.

This year once again an appeal is being made by the organisers to all clubs and individuals with an interest in this unique sporting event to come along on the day and help out with the days. Anyone wishing to take on a role should contact Josie Maguire ( josiemaguire@hotmail.com ) 0871329120 or Pat Mc Ginn ( patmcginn@hotmail.com ) 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

More information available from www.anpocfada.net

Finalists’ Profiles


•     Graham Clarke: The Down goalkeeper who plays his hurling with the Ballygalget Club is back on the mountain for this year’s event. Graham has given great service and commitment to hurling and the Poc Fada contest here on Annaverna.

•     Gerry Fallon: The 2009 Champion who plays his hurling with Roscommon Club Oran is expected to put up a strong challenge to retain his title.

•     Eoin Reilly: The Leinster Poc Fada Champion from Laois is a member of the Portlaoise Club. He visits the 5km mountain course for the first time and is hopeful that he will make a strong challenge.

•     Donall O Brien: The Connacht representative is from Mayo and plays his hurling with Ballyhaunis. He faces the 5km Poc Fada mountain course for the first time

•     Brendan Mc Namara: The Scariff hurler from County Clare returns to the mountain and would be expected to be challenging for the all Ireland title.

•     Seamus Coffey: The Cork hurler is currently the Munster Poc Fada Champion. He is a member of the University College Cork Hurling Club and visits the mountain for the first time

•     Ruairi Convery: The Ulster Poc Fada Champion who is a member of the Swatragh Club inDerry returns to the mountain for the second time. Ruairi is hopeful that he can go one better than his second place of two years ago this year.

•     Karol Keating: The Portaferry hurler from County Down competes in his first Poc Fada and the Ulster Poc Fada runner up hopes to give a good account of himself over the 5km mountain course. Goes out sixth in this year’s field.

•     James McGarry: Back to the mountain for a second time the highly accomplished and respected Kilkenny hurler who plays with his local club Bennettsbridge, will no doubt be determined to make a strong showing.

•     Damien Fitzhenry: The Wexford and Duffry Rovers hurler makes a welcome return to the moutain and he is expected to make a strong bid to capture the All Ireland Poc Fada title. Damien has been a great supporter of this All  Ireland event for many years

•     James Skehill: The Connacht Poc Fada 2010 Champion is from the Cappataggle Club. He makes a welcome return to the Annaverna mountain and is expected to make a strong showing.

•     Neil Hackett: The Meath hurler plays with the St Peter’s Dunboyne Club, takes on the 5km all Ireland Poc Fada course for the very first time. Neill would hope to put up a strong challenge to lift the all Ireland title at his first attempt.


•     Patricia Jackman: The Gaultier & Waterford star is the current champion and Munster Poc Fada winner and All Ireland runner-up from 2006 to 2008. Patricia will be looking to retain the Camogie Poc Fada Cup for another year on this her 5th visit to the mountain.

•     Stephanie Gannon: The Connaught champion from Athenry, Galway was the winner of the inaugural All Ireland Camogie Poc Fada in 2004 at the age of 16. Winner of an All Ireland minor title and the camogie young player of the year award also in 2004. Stephanie will be hoping to take the cup home for a second time.

•     Voureen Quigley: The Leinster Champion and runner up in 2005, the Kilkerley camogie and Louth Ladies Football star is competing for the 4th time and will undoubtedly be looking to keep the All Ireland Camogie Poc Fada Championship title in Louth this year to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the first Poc Fada in 1960.

•     Jacqui O’Connor: The Muster Champion plays her club Camogie with St Ibarrs Shelmeliers, Wexford, runner up in the All Ireland in 2008 and finishing 3rd in last year’s final. Jacqui who captains the 2010 Tipperary Intermediate Team will be looking to ensure that her county continues to dominate the Annaverna mountain by taking another All Ireland Poc Fada title back to Tipperary.

•     Fionnuala Carr: The Ulster Champion from the Clonduff Camogie club in Co.Down and is a Down Dual-Star. Runner up in final of 2007 Fionnuala will be a strong competitor for the other finalists.  Ulster’s final was held on Divis Mountain in Belfast, no better preparation for Fionnuala’s quest for All Ireland Honours.

•     Bernie Murray: Armagh’s champion is a member of the County Armagh Senior team for the last 6 years and current captain. Bernie who plays her Camogie with Cullyhanna will be eager to add a national title to Armagh’s collection this year after the Hurlers’ Nicky Rackard Cup win.

•     Catriona Cantwell: Louth’s champion is a native of Tipperary and plays for St. Annes, in Blackrock, Co. Louth. Catriona who has achieved county honours in both league and championship for both Camogie and Football in Tipperary will be carrying the banner for Louth and aiming to do the Wee County proud on the 50th Anniversary of the first Poc Fada also.

Boys Under 16

•     Patrick Nugent: The Ulster Champion hails from the Naomh Eoin club in Belfast and will be well used to the mountainous terrain having won his title on Divas Mountain just on his doorstep.

•     Sean Barry: The Munster Champion hails from Lismore in Waterford and will be looking to bring the National title home to The Deise when he visits the Annaverna course

•     Owen Tracey: The Connaught Champion is from the Portumna club in Galway and will definitely be fuelled by the epic deeds of The Tribesmen v Tipperary in what may have been the best game of Hurling this year. Galway will be looking to Owen to bring home an All Ireland Title.

•     Dónall Connolly Jr.: The Louth champion and Leinster representative is 15 year old Dónall Connolly Jr. who was Louth’s U14 goalkeeper last year. Dónall is no stranger to the Annaverna course as he has for the last couple of years helped out as a Gasóg.

GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Quarter-Final – Down 1-16 Kerry 1-10

Down defeated Kerry by 1-16 to 1-10 in the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Quarter-Final on Saturday in Croke Park.

Down shock Kerry at Croke Park

Down 1-16 Kerry 1-10 
From the RTE.ie web site

The Kingdom were flattered by the extent of this six-point defeat, with their goal coming deep into stoppage time from a penalty. The Mourne men, who plotted an impressive course through the qualifiers, displayed passion and skill from start to finish, and in Martin Clarke they had a player of vision and creativity who played an immense role in this massive victory. Clarke controlled the game for long stretches, contributing to many of his side’s scores and posting a 0-04 tally himself. Down, now with five wins from five Championship meetings with Kerry, never showed any fear of their opponents, who looked disjointed and lacking in leadership. Down stunned the Sam Maguire Cup holders with a goal after just 52 seconds.  Mícheál Quirke was caught in possession, Paul McComiskey slipped the ball quickly to Mark Poland, and the centre-forward gave Brendan Kealy no chance with a rasping drive.

The Mourne men maintained that dazzling offensive, adding points through Benny Coulter, Ambrose Rogers (a ’45) and McComiskey to lead a shell-shocked Kerry side by 1-03 to 00-00 after just 10 minutes. Bryan Sheehan eventually got Kerry’s first score in the 14th minute, and they steadied the ship, winning breaking ball around midfield to set up three further scoring chances which Colm Cooper executed. And they had the ball in the net in the 23rd minute when Cooper and Donnacha Walsh combined to send Killian Young in to blast past Brendan McVeigh. Walsh, however, was penalised by referee Joe McQuillan for an illegal hand-pass. Down went 17 minutes without scoring, but with Clarke orchestrating things, they played their way back into the game and banged over four points, two each from Clarke and Poland. And former Aussie Rules star Clarke inspired his colleagues by drifting back to make a superb interception as Walsh tried to release Cooper. Down led by 1-07 to 0-04 at the break.

Kieran Donaghy moved to midfield for the second half with Declan O’Sullivan, but Down pair Ambrose Rogers and Kalum King continued to dominate in that sector. Cooper and Sheehan pulled back points for Kerry as they cut the deficit to four, but they had a let-off when Down had a McComiskey goal disallowed. The Kingdom were reduced to 14 men in the 45th minute when Donnacha Walsh picked up a second yellow card, but nevertheless crafted a couple of goal chances, only to see Brendan McVeigh pull off two stunning saves from Donaghy. Down grew in confidence once more, and a volley of superb points from Benny Coulter and Ronan Murtagh saw them kill the game off. Kerry pulled back a late goal when David Moran netted a penalty after Donaghy had been fouled.

Down: B McVeigh, D McCartan, D Gordon, D Rafferty, D Rooney, K McKernan, C Garvey, A Rodgers (0-2, 1 ’45), K King, D Hughes, M Poland (1-2, 0-1f), P McComiskey (0-2), B Coulter (0-3), J Clarke, M Clarke (0-4, 2f, 1 ’45).
Subs: C Maginn (0-1) for J Clarke, R Murtagh (0-1) for McComiskey, B McArdle for Rooney, P Fitzpatrick (0-1) for King, R Sexton for Poland

Kerry: B Kealy, M O Se, T Griffin, T O’Sullivan, A O’Mahony, M McCarthy, K Young, S Scanlon, M Quirke, Darran O’Sullivan, Declan O’Sullivan, D Walsh, C Cooper (0-7 (5f), K Donaghy, B Sheehan (0-3, 1f, 1 ’45).
Subs: D Moran (1-0, pen) for Quirke, BJ Keane for Scanlon, K O’Leary for Darran O’Sullivan, A O’Connell for O’Mahony, D Bohan for Young, A Maher for Sheehan

Team News

The Kerry Senior Football Team to play Down in ALL Ireland Quarter Final Saturday 31st July.

1. Brendan Kealy Kilcummin

2. Marc Ó Sé An Ghaeltacht

3. Tommy Griffin Dingle

4. Tom O’ Sullivan Rathmore

5. Aidan O’Mahony Rathmore

6. Mike McCarthy Kilcummin

7. Killian Young Renard

8. Seamus Scanlon Currow

9. Micheál Quirke Kerins O’Rahillys

10. Darran O’ Sullivan Glenbeigh /Glencar

11. Declan O’ Sullivan Piarsaigh Na Dromada

12. Donnacha Walsh Cromane

13. Colm Cooper Dr Crokes

14. Kieran Donaghy Austin Stacks

15. Bryan Sheehan (Captain) St. Mary’s

16 David Hennessey Kerins O’Rahillys

17. Anthony Maher Duagh

18 Barry John Keane Kerins O’Rahillys

19. David Moran Kerins O’Rahillys

20. Daniel Bohan Austin Stacks

21. Kieran O’Leary Dr. Crokes

22. Adrian O’Connell St Michael’s Foilmore

23. Niall O’Mahony Spa

24. Jonathan Lyne. Legion

25. Johnny Buckley Dr. Crokes

26. Brendan Guiney Listowel Emmett’s

27. David O’Callaghan St. Pat’s Blennerville

Bainisteóir: Jack O’Connor (Piarsaigh Na Dromada)

Traenálaí: Alan O’Sullivan (Kerins O’Rahillys)

Roghnóirí: Ger O’Keeffe (Austin Stacks) Eamon Fitzmaurice (Finuge)

ESB GAA Football All-Ireland Minor Championship Quarter-Final – Tyrone 2-12 Kerry 0-9

Tyrone defeated Kerry by 2-12 to 0-9 in the ESB GAA Football All-Ireland Minor Championship Quarter-Final on Saturday in Croke Park.

Tyrone minors maul Kerry to reach semis

By CIARÁN DALY at Croke Park for the Irish Times newspaper

All-Ireland MFC Quarter-final – Tyrone 2-12 Kerry 0-09: Tyrone minors emphatically ended Kerry’s 100 per cent success rate at the quarter-final stage of the Championship. Before today, Kerry minors had played eight quarter-finals without tasting defeat but were completely outclassed by a ruthless Tyrone outfit.

Goals from Harry Óg Conlon and Michael Donaghy were enough to give Tyrone a comfortable 2-06 to 0-04 half-time lead, with the decisive scores coming on 20 and 23 minutes respectively They were blows from which Kerry were never able to fully recover. Mark Reen battled well for the Kingdom in the second half and substitute Gavan O’Grady proved a handful for the Red Hand defence when introduced, but Tyrone were always comfortable. Five Ronan O’Neill points, two of which were from open play, meant that Tyrone’s passage to the semi-final was a relatively straightforward one.

Team News

The Kerry Minor team to play Tyrone on Saturday next at 12.00pm in Croke Park is as follows:

1. Damien Horgan St.Marys Caherciveen

2. Fearghal McNamara Austin Stacks 3. David Culhane Ballylongford 4. Andrew Thompson Kerins O’Rahillys

5. Chris O’Leary Kilcummin 6. Laurance Bastible John Mitchels 7.Jason Hickson Annascaul

8. James Walsh (Capt) Knocknagoshel 9. Shaun Keane Legion

10. Gary O’Leary Kilcummin 11. Marcus Mangan Milltown/Castlemaine 12. Tadhg Morley Templenoe

13. John Moynihan Rathmore 14 Mark Reen Rathmore 15. Eanna O’Connor St Michaels Foilmore

The substitutes are: 16 Padraic McCarthy Rathmore 17. Damien Somers St Senans 18. Thomas Hickey Desmonds 19. Gavan O’Grady Glenbeigh/Glencar 20. Eamonn Kiely Brosna 21. Sean McCarthy Legion 22. Barry Dwyer Waterville 23. Conor Cox Listowel Emmets 24. Padraig Boyle Ballyduff






All data on the changes to Minor teams can be checked by clicking on www.kerrygaa.ie (front Page)