M. Donnelly All Ireland Poc Fada Final

Three All-Ireland Poc Fada holders retain titles

Report from the RTE.ie web site

All three M Donnelly All-Ireland Poc Fada titles were retained for the first time ever on the Annaverna Mountain in Co Louth this afternoon. Tipperary’s veteran goalkeeper Brendan Cummins claimed his sixth senior title, completing the course in 39 pucks. Derry’s Ruairi Convery came second, with Down goalkeeper Graham Clarke finishing in third spot.

Meanwhile, Waterford’s Patricia Jackman took her third Camogie title. Offaly’s Cillian Kiely became the first youngster to take consecutive U-16 titles, beating his record of last year by two pocs. There was double success for Tipp star Cummins, who also won the pairs competition with Antrim’s Kevin McKernan.


GAA Press Release


2012 M. Donnelly All Ireland Poc Fada takes place this Weekend

The 2012 M. Donnelly All Ireland Poc Fada takes place next Saturday August 4, at the Anaverna Mountain, Ravensdale, Cooley, County Louth, commencing at 12pm.

The Poc Fada Finals are the only national contests for individual Camogie and Hurling players competing in their relevant categories.

The 2012 Finals feature a number of returning competitors in all events, with no less than three Senior All Ireland Poc Fada Champions competing in the mens event. Gerry Fallon (2009), Graham Clarke (2010) and defending champion Brendan Cummins, who will be looking for a 6th title this weekend.

Cillian Kiely of Offaly will attempt to defend his Under 16 title.

Patricia Jackman will also be looking to defend her senior Camogie title, but will have to contend with stiff competition, including that of Rachel Monaghan, last year’s runner up.

For more information please contact GAA Communications Manager, Alan Milton on 01 – 8658615 or alan.milton@gaa.ie

See below for competitor biographies.

M. Donnelly All Ireland Poc Fada 2012 – Senior


The 2011 GAA-GPA All-Star goalkeeper made his Senior Hurling debut for Dublin in 2004 and has five Dublin SHC titles along with the Allianz National Hurling League Division 1 title with Dublin in 2011.


Derry Senior talisman makes only his second journey to the Anaverna Mountain today, despite taking his fourth Ulster crown last month. The Swatragh clubman finished second on his debut bow in the All-Ireland competition in 2008.


The Drumcullen goalkeeper makes his debut bow on the Anaverna Mountain today, hoping to follow in the footsteps of former Offaly man Albert Kelly, who took All-Ireland honours in 1992, 1993 and 1998.


Charleville, Cork native Jake is hoping to become the first man representing Europe to take All-Ireland Poc Fada honours. He captained Paris Gaels in 2012 and also was the top-scorer in the European Hurling Championship with 4-40.


It is a first trip to the Anaverna Mountain for Joe, who earned his place in this All-Ireland by taking Leinster honours. The 24-year old is joined by fellow Drumcullen clubman Damien Spain in Cooley this afternoon.


The Oran clubman captured M Donnelly All-Ireland Poc Fada honours in 2009, and also claimed the pairs title with James Skehill in 2010. Jerry earned his place on the Anaverna Mountain today finishing second in Connacht.


It’s a first trip to the Anaverna Mountain for Kevin, who finished second to Ruairi Convery in the Ulster Poc Fada. The Sarsfields clubman is also looking forward to an All-Ireland Under 21 semi-final with Antrim later this month.


The Kinvara clubman is the 2012 Connacht Poc Fada champion and is the former Galway Senior Goalkeeper. He has one Allianz National Hurling League Division 1 title with the Tribesmen.


Seamus returns to the Mountain after his second place finish in the Munster final this year. The UCC student took Munster honours in 2010 and finished in eighth spot, in 59 pocs on his first All-Ireland appearance.


The 2010 M Donnelly All Ireland Poc Fada Champion who first took on Anaverna Mountain in 2002 will be hoping to once again take honours, after the Ballygalget Clubman came second last year.


The Causeway native has done Kerry hurling proud over the years and has even featured for Limerick hurlers. The 29-year old has won All-Ireland Minor B and U21 B Championships with Kerry, and a Division 2 Allianz Hurling title with Limerick.


Brendan is certainly the recent ‘King of the Anaverna Mountain’ and picked up his fifth M.Donnelly All-Ireland Poc Fada title last year to match his number of All-Stars. He holds the course record of 48 pocs.


M. Donnelly All Ireland Poc Fada 2012 – U 16


Strabane clubman Gavin took Ulster honours in 48 pocs, four ahead of Armagh’s Finnen Maguire.


Watergrasshill clubman Colum took Munster honours at Thurles Racecourse thanks to a one-poc victory in 18 pocs.


The Kinvara clubman finished second in the Galway Poc Fada but made amends in Toreen to take Connacht Under 16 Poc Fada honours.


16-year old Cillian is getting a rare chance to defend the All-Ireland title which he won on the Anaverna Mountain last year.


M. Donnelly All Ireland Poc Fada 2012 – Camogie

Maura McAuley (Doire)

Maura played for Derry from 1999 to 2008 and played as a half back. Maura has won various honours for Club, County and College. Maura has 6 Ulster Junior Championships and 2 Ulster Senior Championships with Derry. For Castledawson Maura has won 1 Derry Senior Championship and collected 2 Purcell Cups with University of Ulster Jordanstown

Aoibheann Murphy (Ard Mhacha)

Played with county at under age and senior level, Played with u16 county in 3 all Ireland finals and Armagh seniors in Ulster Final. Plays club camogie with Ballymacnab as a forward and a goal keeper.

Niamh Mackin (An Lú)

24years old, playing with St. Brides Club since U8, Played with county team under age and senior

Rachel Monaghan (Gaillimh)

Galway Minor All Ireland 2009 & 2012. Galway U16 All Ireland 2009 & 2010. 6 Connacht School Medals All Ireland Féile runners up 2008. Poc Fada runner up 2011.

Stephanie Carthy (Áth Cliath)

Member of Naomh Mearnóg Club, Portmarnock.1 Dublin Senior Club Championship 2009. Represented Leinster at both Senior and Junior Level. Played Senior County FOR Dublin and currently playing with the Dublin Juniors. 1 Division 4 National League

Martina McMahon (Luimneach)

Plays corner forward with Limerick Intermediate team and with her club Croagh/Kilfinny. 2 All Ireland titles U/16 “B” and Minor “B” in 2011 and a Féile title in 2008. 2 World Handball titles and is a member of the Irish Handball Team in the Olympics 2012.

Patricia Jackman (Port Láirge)

Intermediate All Ireland 2011. 3 Ashbourne Cups, 2 Ashbourne All Stars, Munster Colleges Title, 2 County Senior Titles, Kilmacud Sevens title, All Ireland Féile na nGael Skills Champion, 4 Waterford and Munster Poc Fada’s, 2 All Ireland Poc Fada’s, 2 National League Division 2 titles, U16B All Ireland and Munster U16B, Junior and Intermediate Titles

All Ireland Senior Camogie Championship Quarter Final – Cork 1-10 Clare 0-10

Cork defeated Clare by 1-10 to 0-10 in the All Ireland Senior Camogie Championship Quarter Final on Saturday at Pairc Ui Chaoimh.

Cork and Clare have been involved in some titanic tussles this year and Páirc Uí Chaoimh hosted another, with the home team prevailing 1-10 to 0-10.

There was never very much between the teams as Chloe Morey tagged on six points for Clare, with Fiona Lafferty and Claire McMahon also getting on the mark.

The key score though was Katrina Mackey’s goal early in the second half and she added two points in a consummate display. Jenny O’Leary notched up four points as Cork kept their noses in front all the way to the finish, despite the gallant attempts of their opponents in the final quarter.

Round up from the RTE.ie web site

GAA Football All Ireland Minor Championship Quarter-Final – Mayo 0-19 Tipperary 1-8

Mayo defeat stuns Tipp boss

Mayo 0-19 Tipperary 1-08

By Jackie Cahill for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Tipperary manager David Power was “lost for words” after his side relinquished their All-Ireland MFC crown last Saturday at Croke Park. Mayo bounced back from their Connacht final defeat against Roscommon with a stunning eight-point victory over Tipp who lost midfielder Steven O’Brien to a straight red card midway through the second-half and were swamped in the final quarter as Mayo cruised home. The wind-assisted Westerners blitzed Tipp in the opening 20 minutes, opening a 0-9 to 0-1 lead. Philip Quirke’s 24th minute goal dragged off-colour Tipp back into contention and, at half-time, they trailed by just four points, 1-3 to 0-10.

But Mayo boss Tony Duffy had pinpointed the opening 10 minutes of the second-half as the crucial period and his players held firm. And when O’Brien saw red following an incident with Mayo wing-back Kevin Lynch, the game was up for Tipp. “What they have done this year is blow teams away in the first 10 minutes of the second-half,” Duffy explained. “At half-time there was no complacency with us. We knew it was going to be a monumental struggle in the second-half. Lads were well tuned in to starting the second-half well and winning the first 10 minutes. We knew that if we could hang in there and maybe win that 10 minutes we could kick on.”

It appeared Mayo had their homework done as they punched holes in the Tipperary defence with direct running. And, when Tipp’s main dangermen were in possession, Mayo got plenty of bodies around the ball and stripped the ball from their opponents. A modest Duffy said: “If I could explain where the performance came from I would be a very good coach and I’m not. We had them sussed out, we had them well watched. We had DVDs of them. They have a few key players that needed watching, big men they kept swapping, centre-forward, midfield, full-forward. We knew they would interchange, we knew how they would play and we crowded the middle. We crowded in around the full-forward and they didn’t really have a plan B.”

For Tipperary, this was a first minor football championship defeat since 2010. “I’m lost for words, it just didn’t happen,” Power admitted. “We have no excuses to offer, Mayo were the better team. Sport can be cruel as well as being kind. It is very cruel for Tipp and for all those lads that have put in a huge effort. We never got going in midfield and the half forward line, we never got to grips with controlling it.”

But Power insisted Tipperary football remains “in a good place.” “Just because we are after losing today doesn’t mean Tipp football is back to where it was. Tipp football is on the up, these days are going to happen, maybe these days will make the lads hungrier. “We just lacked that bit of hunger today. We can play a lot better than that, then everything Mayo kicked today went over, that’s sport. Every kind of shot was going over the bar.” Tipp did get to within three points of Mayo with 10 minutes left – 1-7 to 0-13 – but the Connacht runners-up won the remainder of the game 0-6 to 0-1.

Scorers for Mayo: A Gallagher 0-4 (3fs), J Quinn, E Lavin (2fs, 1 45) 0-3 each, P Durcan, D O’Connor, S Hennelly 0-2 each, C Burke, C Byrne, D Duffy 0-1 each.

Scorers for Tipperary: P Quirke 1-2 (0-1f), C Kennedy, TJ Ryan 0-2 (1f) each, J McGrath 0-2.

MAYO: C O’Malley; J Geraghty, S Moran, M Plunkett; P Durcan, C Burke, K Lynch; B Mullen, A Gallagher; E Lavin, S Coen, D O’Connor; J Quinn, S Regan, S Hennelly.

Subs: R Coleman for Hennelly (43), C Byrne for Regan (50), D Duffy for Mullen (55), S Hennelly for Lavin (57), V Roughneen for Coleman (60+1).

TIPPERARY: E Comerford; K Fahey, J Feehan, R Mulcahy; C O’Riordan, D Fitzelle, B Maher; P Quirke, J Martin; I Fahey, J McGrath, G Henry; C Kennedy, S O’Brien, T Kirwan.

Subs: J Lonergan for Martin (22), TJ Ryan for Kirwan (36), J Loughnane for Fitzelle (40), J Shelly for Henry (43), M Meagher for O’Riordan (58).

Referee: F Barry (Kildare)


Slick Mayo end Tipperary’s reign

Report from the Irish Times newspaper

Mayo 0-19 Tipperary 1-8: MAYO TOOK out their Connacht final frustration on Tipperary on Saturday to end the Premier County’s reign as All-Ireland champions

Tipp were reduced to 14 men midway through the second half when midfielder Steven O’Brien received a straight red card for an incident with Mayo wing back Kevin Lynch. However, the Munster side battled on and, with 10 minutes remaining, they were just three points down – 1-7 to 0-13.

But Mayo stepped on the gas again and scored six points to just one reply from Tipperary to cruise into the last four. In the first 20 minutes, dominant Mayo opened up a 0-9 to 0-1 lead. Philip Quirke’s 24th-minute goal dragged Tipp back into contention and at half-time the Premier County trailed by 1-3 to 0-10. But despite Tipp’s wind advantage in the second half, Mayo proved too strong. Tipp’s defeat was their first in the minor football championship since 2010.

MAYO: C O’Malley; J Geraghty, S Moran, M Plunkett; P Durcan (0-2), C Burke (0-1), K Lynch; B Mullen, A Gallagher (0-4, 3f); E Lavin (0-3, 2f, 1 45), S Coen, D O’Connor (0-2); J Quinn (0-3), S Regan, S Hennelly (0-2). Subs: R Coleman for Hennelly (43), C Byrne (0-1) for Regan (50), D Duffy (0-1) for Mullen (55), S Hennelly for Lavin (57), V Roughneen for Coleman (60+1).

TIPPERARY: E Comerford; K Fahey, J Feehan, R Mulcahy; C O’Riordan, D Fitzelle, B Maher; P Quirke (1-2, 1f), J Martin; I Fahey, J McGrath (0-2), G Henry; C Kennedy (0-2, 1f), S O’Brien, T Kirwan. Subs: J Lonergan for Martin (22), TJ Ryan (0-2, 1f) for Kirwan (36), J Loughnane for Fitzelle (40), J Shelly for Henry (43), M Meagher for O’Riordan (58).

Referee: F Barry (Kildare).


Easy triumph for Mayo over Tipp in MFC quarter-final

Report from thescore.ie web site

MAYO GOT THROUGH to the semi-finals of the All-Ireland Minor Football Championship, beating Tipperary 0-19 to 1-8 at Croke Park on Saturday. The tone for the entire match was set in the first 15 minutes, with Mayo taking a quick 0-4 to 0-1 lead through two strikes from Adam Gallagher and further points by Shane Hennelly and wing-back Patrick Durcan. Diarmuid O’Connor and Hennelly put even more daylight between the teams, while the Premier struggled – Colman Kennedy’s wide emblematic of their early woes. Cian Burke, James Quinn and Eoghan Lavin heaped even more misery on Tipp, who finally registered their second point of the game through John McGrath.

Finally, the game became something of a contest when the first goal of the game was scored on 23 minutes. Ian Fahey drove in a free that was going wide but fisted back into play by Tom Kirwan. It fell for Philip Quirke who showed the composure to sidestep his man and blast a shot to the net – just what Tipperary needed. Lavin and Quirke went on to swap points before the whistle, leaving it as 0-10 to 1-3 half way through. Gallagher and McGrath kept the difference at four points once the sides had re-emerged, but Gallagher was proving the undoing of the Tipp defence and his free on 41 minutes put five points in the difference.

The sending off of Steven O’Brien for an off the ball incident spelled further disaster for Tipperary but they did manage to claw back two quickfire points through TJ Ryan and Kennedy. Patrick Durcan and Conor Byrne – a Mayo substitute – restored the barrier between two sides and, with just four minutes remaining, that would soon be that. James Quinn and Darren Duffy grabbed the final scores of the game, Mayo ending the game as they had started it.

Team News

The Tipperary minor football team to play Mayo in the All Ireland quarter final at Croke Park on Saturday shows 3 changes from the team which started against Kerry in the Munster final. Ross Mulcahy, Colin O’Riordan and John McGrath come into the team in place of Darren Cass, Lorcan Egan and Jason Lonergan. The team is

1. Evan Comerford (Clonmel Commercials)

2. Kevin Fahey (Clonmel Commercials)

3. James Feehan (Killenaule)

4. Ross Mulcahy (Moyle Rovers)

5. Colin O’Riordan (JK Brackens)

6. Dylan Fitzelle (Cashel King Cormacs)

7. Bill Maher (Kilsheelan Kilcash)

8. Steven O’Brien (Ballina)

9. John Martin (Ballyporeen)

10. Ian Fahey (Clonmel Commercials)

11. John McGrath (Loughmore Castleiney)

12. Greg Henry (Killenaule)

13. Colman Kennedy (Clonmel Commercials)

14. Philip Quirke (Moyle Rovers)

15. Tom Kirwan (Ardfinnan)

MAYO (MFC v Tipperary): C O’Malley; J Geraghty, S Moran, M Plunkett; P Durcan, C Burke, K Lynch; B Mullen, A Gallagher; E Lavin, S Coen, D O’Connor; J Quinn, S Regan, S Hennelly.

Match Updates

The match will be broadcast live on Tipp FM (www.tippfm.com)

There will also be live updates via Tipperary GAA Twitter (https://twitter.com/TipperaryGAA)