Cork GAA, Rebel Og Coaching and Games are delighted to announce winners of the 2017 Cork County Poc Fada which took place at the Garryvoe Beach on Monday June 12th at 6pm.
On an overcast but dry windy evening our contestants from the following clubs St. Catherines, Inniscarra, Belgooly, Ballymartle, Kilshannig, Fr O Neills, Carrigtwohill, Youghal and Kiltha Og lined up at the start line on Garryvoe Beach under the watchful eyes of GDA’s Paudie O’Brien the event organiser and Shane Supple. We had participants for the Senior Mens and the Under 16’s competition and even though the tide was coming and it looked like rain, there was more then enough room and space to hold the competition. Unfortunately on the night some participants had to pull out because of club commitments, however those that took part made it a very close competition with only 3 points separating the first three places in the competition.
Well done to all the clubs who took part and to our winners on the night well done
Cork Senior Poc Fada Winner 2017 – Eoin Davis from St Catherines
Cork U16 Poc Fada Winner 2017 Jack McGann from Kiltha Og
Munster Puc Fada competition will take place at the Michael Cusack Centre in Carron, Co. Clare, on June 24th.
The tournament was founded in 1960 by Fr. Pól Mac Sheáin and the Naomh Moninne club based in Fatima, Dundalk, Louth, with the first All Ireland event taking place in 1961 Limerick man Vincent Godfrey the first winner, out of 16 hurlers invited. The competition went off the calendar after 1969 before returning in 1981 with 12 competitors.
The concept of the competition originates in the Irish legend of “Táin Bó Cuailgne” when Cúchulainn, who as the boy Setanta set out from his home at Dún Dealgan to the King’s court at Emain Macha hitting his sliotar before him and running ahead to catch it.
In 2001 the Poc Fada was held at Dundalk Stadium (Dundalk Racecourse) due to foot-and-mouth disease on the Cooley Peninsula, doing two laps of the circuit (2 miles 880 yards / 4,023 metres). The 2005 tournament was won by Albert Shanahan of Limerick, with international soccer player Niall Quinn (who played for Dublin in the All-Ireland minor final of 1983) also competing.
Almost all of the winners have been from the traditional hurling counties, but Dinny Donnelly (Meath), Gerry Goodwin (Tyrone), Colin Byrne (Wicklow), Paul Dunne (Louth), Mary Henry (Westmeath), 2009 champion Gerry Fallon (Roscommon) and the 2010 champion Graham Clarke (Down) have been the exceptions. The record currently stands at 48 pucks (an average of 104 metres per puck), achieved by Brendan Cummins (Tipperary) in 2004. The current record for the Camogie course is held by Patricia Jackman of Waterford when in 2013 she completed the course in 27 pocs and 7 metres (over the end line). Traditionally the most successful competitors have generally been goalkeepers, owing to the need for goalkeepers to puck the ball far up the field in a game of hurling but increasingly there are more “outfield” Hurlers and Camogs out qualifying their goalkeeping contemporaries at county and provincial final level.