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.
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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
Meanwhile, Waterford's Patricia Jackman won the Senior Camogie title in
Jackman, in her fifth year in the competition again proved impressive;
finishing inside the top two for the fifth time; as she claimed
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
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
Patricia Jackman (Waterford) 2010 Camogie Poc Fada Champion & 2009
Owen Tracy (Galway) Boys U16 Champion.
Pairs Winners Gerry Fallon (Roscommon) + James Skehill (Galway).
2010 M.Donnelly Poc Fada Champion Graham Clarke (Down).