The 2013 M. Donnelly GAA All Ireland Poc Fada Finals which were officially launched by GAA Uachtarán Chumann Lúthchleas, Liam Ó Néill and Uachtarán An Cumann Camógaíochta, Aileen Lawlor in Croke Park on Monday July 22nd will take place this weekend Saturday August 3rd on the Annaverna Mountain, Ravensdale, Cooley, Co. Louth.
A number of Ireland’s top inter-county goalkeepers including Cork’s Donal Óg Cusack, 2011 GAA All Star Gary Maguire of Dublin, 2012 GAA All Star Anthony Nash of Cork, Connacht Poc Fada winner and Galway player James Skehill and 2012 All Ireland Poc Fada champion, Tipperary’s Brendan Cummins will be battling out to become the 2013 Champion.
The unique GAA sporting and cultural contest promises to be a great day of sport. The Provincial Poc Fada Champions James Skehill (Galway), Eoin Reilly (Laois), Stevie Brenner (Waterford) and Sean McBride (Derry) will also participate in this year’s event as will the four Provincial runners up of Patrick McKillion (Tyrone), Andrew Fahey (Clare), Gerry Fallon (Roscommon) and Cillian Kiely (Offaly).
Patricia Jackman of Waterford will be attempting to make history by winning her fifth M. Donnelly Camogie Poc Fada title in a row. However, she will face strong competition from Catriona Daly (Galway), Deirdre Colfer (Wexford), Martine McMahon (Limerick), Catriona Mc Crickard (Down), Bronagh Mone (Armagh) and Niamh Mackin (Louth).
The M. Donnelly Under 16 All Ireland Poc Fada will see Jack Coyne (Galway), Kevin McDonald (Carlow), Adam O’Brien (Limerick) and Donal McKernan (Antrim) compete for the prestigious title.
Speaking at the launch Uachtarán Lúthchleas Gael Liam Ó Néill said “there are few events in our diary that stand out from the rest of our activities in the same way as the Poc Fada. With the contestants including some of the highest profile hurlers in our game who are participating at a time of the year when their season reaches fever pitch, in itself says everything about the importance they place on their involvement. I would also like to thank Martin Donnelly for his continued support of the competition, now in his 17th year sponsoring the Finals in the Cooley Mountains. Also to our partners TopFlight whose involvement has raised the profile of both the County and Provincial finals.”
Speaking at the launch Uachtarán An Cumann Camogaíochta, Aileen Lawlor said “Camogie are delighted once again to take part in the annual Poc Fada Finals. This will be our 10th year taking part and over the last number of years competition has been quite fierce with only a poc of the sliotar between the contestants.”
Speaking at the launch Martin Donnelly said “I am delighted to continue support of this wonderful competition, which is a truly unique event, and I am sure this year’s final will be one of the best.”
Tony Collins, MD of Topflight added “The Poc Fada in the Snow has been an integral part of the Topflight Today FM Ski Trip for many years and certainly adds real excitement for all involved.
We are delighted that the four Provincial winners of the M. Donnelly GAA Poc Fada Championship 2013 will be joining the 2014 Topflight Today FM Ski Trip as part of their prize – sponsored by Topflight – and taking part in the Poc Fada in the Snow.
We wish James, Eoin, Stevie and Sean well on August 3rd in the Cooley Mountains.”
Humphrey Kelleher, Chairman of the National Poc Fada Committee said “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. It is incumbent upon us all to pass on to the next generation this intrinsic part of our Gaelic Games culture in a healthy and vibrant state.”
The draw details along with other Poc Fada information are available at www.pocfada.gaa.ie.
Camogie Pairings for M Donnelly Poc Fada Finals
Niamh Mackin (Louth) & Catriona Mc Crickard (Ulster)
Martine Mc Mahon (Munster) & Bronagh Mone (Armagh)
Catriona Daly (Connacht) & Deirdre Colfer (Leinster)
Patricia Jackman, defending champion is the remaining player to take to the course
The running order for the 2013 M Donnelly Poc Fada Finals is as follows:
10:45 Camogie and U 16 players arrive on mountain
11:10 Senior players arrive on mountain
11:40 Welcome address by President of the GAA Liam O’Neill / Acting Director General of the Camogie Association Mary O’Connor
11:45 Camogie and U-16 competitions begin
12:30 Underage Skills Competitions
14:30 Camogie and U 16 competition concludes
16:00 Senior Competition concludes
16:15 Presentation of trophies – Address by Liam O’Neill
Annaverna Mountain is approx a 5 minute drive from Carrickdale Hotel and will be clearly signposted with Poc Fada signs from mid-week onwards. Signs will be up at all main road junctions in the Dundalk area.
Google map Link to the Poc Fada Course,
Sat Nav co-ordinates 54.067942,-6.326419