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July 29th, 2009

Tipperary goalkeeper Brendan Cummins will be back on Annaverna
Mountain this year to defend his M Donnelly All Ireland Poc Fada
title. The unique sporting and cultural GAA event takes place on
Saturday the 1st of August and commences at 1 pm. The All Ireland
winning hurler who holds the record for the challenging 5km mountain
course is hoping to claim his fourth All Ireland Craobh na h?ireann
title in a row. Amongst those hoping to take the title away from
Brendan Cummins is Clares Brendan Mc Namara the Munster Poc Fada
winner and Ulster Poc Fada Champion, Derrys Ruairi Convery who lost
out to him last year by just two pocs. Connacht Poc Fada Champion
Kerrill Wade of Galway is also fancied to give a good account of
himself, and Leinster Champion Shane O Connor from Offaly will also
hope to be amongst the top challengers. Roscommon?s Gerry Fallon,
Dublin?s Fintan O Brien, Limericks Albert Shanahan, winner in 2001 and
2005, and Downs Carl Keating are also in the line up. !
?Kilkenny?s James Mc Garry, Wexfords Damien Fitzhenry and Galway?s
James Skehill complete the strong field.

Carlow?s Lyndsey Condell is back to defend her ?M Donnelly All Ireland
Camogie Poc Fada. In that contest she will face her sister Tracy
Condell who is representing Lenister and also ?Galways Catriona Daly,
Patrica Jackman of Waterford, Voureen Quigley of Louth, and ?Laura Mc
Guinness of Armagh . The camogie contest is pencilled in to start at

The under 16 Poc Fada sees Noel Fallon from Roscommon, Liam O Dea from
Limerick, Nathan Green from Armagh and Ronan Geoghegan from Louth
competing for the title.

World Boxing Champion Bernard Dunne a regular visitor to the Poc Fada
which takes place on Annaverna Mountain near Ravensdale County Louth,
is also expected to attend the contest and cross the mountain with the

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. Chairperson of
the local organising committee Paddy mc Mahon remined all those
attending. ?This is a demanding 5km course and I would advise all
whether spectators or those coming to help to come prepared for just
that. I would ask that anyone taking a vehicle drives carefully and
perhaps parks their cars in the field at the bottom of mountain?. He
also appealed to local GAA Hurling, Camogie and Football Clubs to come
along and assist at the event to.

For Further Information contact
Pat Hamilton (Louth) 00353429323903 / 0862373345
Pat Mc Ginn (Armagh) 02830839588 / 07545558141

An Poc Fada Craobh na h?ireann
M Donnelly All Ireland Poc Fada Final Annaverna Mountain, Ravensdale
Cooley County Louth
Saturday 1st August 2009
Commencing 12.30pm


1 - Kerrill Wade :The Connacht Poc Fada Champion ?is a member of the
Sarsfields Club in Galway and visits the mountain for the first time.
No doubt Kerrill hopes to ensure that his first vist will be a
victorious one. Will poc off first in this year?s event.

2 - Gerry Fallon: Runner up in the Connacht Poc Fada Final, Gerry who
plays his hurling with Roscommon Club Oran also visits the moutain for
the first time and is expected to go well. Goes out tenth in the field

3 - Shane O Connor: The Leinster Poc Fada Champion from Offaly and is
a member of the Coolderry Club makes his third appearance on the
mountain. His experience of the course will no doubt be of great
benefit. Will be fifth out

4 - Fintan O Brien: The Lenister Poc Fada runner up appears on the
mountain for the first time and Fintan who plays with Dublin Club
Cuala faces the 5km course with high hopes. Pocs off second in field

5 - Brendan Mc Namara: The Scariff hurler from County Clare returns to
the mountain as Munster Poc Fada Champion and would be expected to be
challenging for the all Ireland title. Will go out ninth in field

6 - Albert Shanahan: The Limerick hurler, a member of the South
Liberties club won the All Ireland Poc Fada title in 2001 and 2005.
Albert has a good insight into the tough mountain course and should
use this to his advantage. Albert will be fourth in the line out.

7 - Ruairi Convery: The Ulster Poc Fada Champion who is a member of
the Swatragh Club in Derry returns to the moutain after finishing a
close second last year. Ruairi is hopeful that he can go one better
this year. Will poc off third in the lineout.

8 - Carl 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 years field.

9- Brendan Cummins ;The Tipperary hurler who plays with the
Ballybacon-Grange Club hopes to complete four in a row Poc Fada titles
having held the mantle since 2006. He won his first All Ireland Poc
Fada title in 2004 and holds the course record with 48 pocs. As
Champion, Brendan pocs of last.

10 - James McGarry : The highly accomplished and respected Kilkenny
hurler who plays with his local club Bennettsbridge takes on the
mountain for the first time. James will no doubt be determined to make
a strong showing. James will be seventh in the lineout

11- 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 goes out eighth.

12 ? James Skehill:The Cappataggle Clubman came to prominence with the
Galway side and makes a welcome return to the Annaverna moutain. He is
expected to make a strong showing. James will line out eleventh in
this years Poc Fada.

The M Donnelly All Ireland Comorotas Beirte 2009
All Ireland Poc Fada Pairs

(A) ? ? Damien Fitzhenry and Fintan O Brien
(B) ? ? Brendan Cummins and Gerry Fallon
(C) ? ? Carl Keating and kerril Wade
(D) ? ? Albert Shanahan and James Mc Garry
(E) ? ? Ruairi Convery and Brendan Mc Namara
(F) ? ? Shane O Connor and James Skehill

M Donnelly All Ireland Camogie Poc Fada 2009

1 - Laura mc Guinness (Madden) Armagh
2- Voureen Quigley(Kilkerly) Louth
3 - Lyndsey Condell (Naomh Br?d)Carlow (2008 Champion)
4 - Catriona Daly (Mullagh) Galway
5 - Patricia Jackman (Gaultier) Waterford
6 ? Tracy Condell (Naomh Br?d) Carlow

M Donnelly Under 16 All Ireland Poc Fada

1 - Noel Fallon (Four Roads) Roscommon
2- Ronan Geoghegan (Naomh Moninne ) Louth
3 - Liam O Dea (Pallisgreen) Limerick
4 - Nathan Greene (Keady) Armagh

Related Posts
M Donnelly Poc Fada 2008 Preview
Brendan Cummins wins 2008 Poc Fada
Brendan Cummins wins Poc Fada in the Cooley Mountains

Read the Comments

[ # 18808 ] Comment from painter [July 29, 2009, 9:30 pm]

That young lad playing in goals for Waterford tonight in the under 21 final would give Cummins and co. a run for their money. He was dropping his puck outs onto the 21 yard line in the second half, all be it with the aid of the breeze and score a monster of a free from behind his own 65. His name escapes me at the moment.

[ # 18821 ] Comment from Larry [July 30, 2009, 7:35 am]

Is that Adrian Power? Same guy played or plays with WIT ?

Saw a bit of the game on tg4. he made one great grab out of the air, bounced off a forward and cleared down the field. Like the keepers of old!

[ # 19192 ] Comment from james [August 12, 2009, 8:05 pm]

the first poc fada took place on the 8th of august 1960 the first person to start the event was a competitor called mac rahilly the gaa have the event starting in 1961

[ # 20615 ] Comment from [October 16, 2009, 10:40 am]

That Liam O’Dea was the best there. He shud have won.

[ # 21135 ] Comment from Johnny Lowry [November 20, 2009, 2:22 pm]

liam o dea is fair gay and why wasnt liam nagle in the competition…………..Call da cops bitch!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

[ # 21136 ] Comment from Dean Lewis [November 20, 2009, 2:24 pm]

Liam nagle is a faggit!!!!!

[ # 21137 ] Comment from [November 20, 2009, 2:25 pm]

dylan nugent: remember we hav a non uniform day tomorrow.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

[ # 21138 ] Comment from Johnny Lowry [November 20, 2009, 2:26 pm]

so…. dont listen to that dean lewis fella he doesnt know what he is talking about (such a faggot)

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