The draw for the All-Ireland Poc Fada Finals has been made which will see a whole host of stars both current and past inter-county players enter the competition. The event takes place on Saturday the 3rd of August in the Cooley Mountains. The competition has a steep history and goes all the way back to 1960.
GAA President John Horan was at today’s draw in which he said “I welcome this year’s staging of the Poc Fada competition for 2019 and wish all the competitors well in what must be one of the most unique competitions in our stable. Horan also thanked the sponsors Martin Donnelly who have supported the competition.
The Ladies Camogie President Kathleen Woods also spoke about the upcoming Poc Fada finals. She said “The August Bank Holiday weekend is always a fantastic occasion on the Cooley Peninsula when we witness the wonderful spectacle which is the Poc Fada Finals. This is a unique and exciting competition which showcases some of the key skills of our games and I am very much looking forward to another thrilling competition this year.”
Some of the players down to play include current inter-county players Cillian Kiely (who was the 2018 champion), Gareth Johnson (Down) and Patrick Horgan. Sunday Game analyst and former Tipperary goalkeeper Brendan Cummins is also going to be challenging for another title. He currently holds the record with 9 titles, he won four in a row from 2011 to 2015 but hasn’t won it since. Players like Susan Earner (2018 Poc Fada winner), Amy Lee and Caitriona Daly will all be in the senior camogie Poc Fada.
The list and order is below
Senior Hurling
Playing Order
Darren Geoghegan – Louth
Gareth Johnson – Down
Cathal Kiely – Offaly
Patrick Horgan – Cork
Paddy Mc Killian – Tyrone
Sean Nugent – Galway
Colin Ryan – Limerick
Brendan Cummins – Tipperary
Tadhg Haran – Galway
Callum Quirke – Wexford
Ronan Taafe – Clare
Cillian Kiely – Offaly (2018 Champion)
Senior Camogie
Playing Order
Amy Lee – Cork
Louise Dougan – Derry
Abby Donnelly – Meath
Andrea O Keefe – Clare
Caitriona Daly – Galway
Susan Earner – Galway (2018 Champion)
Under 16 Hurling
Playing Order
Michael Kirwan – Kilkenny
Oisin Marley – Donegal
Patrick Burke – Galway
Pat Ryan – Tipperary
Under 16 Camogie Playing Order
Playing Order
Orla Laverty – Antrim
Katie Gilchrist – Galway
Hannah Bourke – Dublin
Maedhbh Ring – Cork