All-Ireland Poc Fada finals to take place on Annaverna this Saturday
The 2016 M Donnelly GAA All-Ireland Poc Fada will take place at Annaverna on the Cooley Mountains this Saturday.
The 55th year of the event, holder Brendan Cummins will be attempting to win an unprecedented 10th Poc Fada title on the day.
The competition will offer hurlers from Galway, Roscommon, Down, Derry, Clare, Limerick, Tipperary, Westmeath and Dublin an opportunity to win an All-Ireland medal.
At U16 level a similar mix of counties made it through the provincial stages, with contestants from Antrim, Mayo, Tipperary and Offaly emerging.
At last Thursday’s launch of the event in Croke Park Finbarr O’Neill from Cork was entered into the Hall of Fame.
Finbarr won the title in 1966 to 1968. He won an All-Ireland medal for Cork in 1966 and is a holder of seven senior county medals won with Glen Rovers. He also captained his team to win two club All Ireland medals in 1967 and 1973. When he retired he managed Glen Rovers Camogie team who won nine county championship titles.
Speaking at the launch event the GAA President Aogán Ó Fearghail 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.
“The Annaverna Mountain is the perfect picturesque setting for truly unique event. 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, this 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, this year will be the 20th year sponsoring the Finals in the Cooley Mountains.”