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Ulster Poc Fada

By Susan Tue 20th Jun

Ulster Poc Fada
Ulster Poc Fada

Last Wednesday 14th June, saw the Ulster Poc Fada Final take place on Cuilcagh Mountain, sitting on the Cavan/Fermanagh border at Blacklion, the home of Shannon Gaels GAA club.

The splendid course, which had over 100 people on it, set not far from Marble Arch Caves saw 26 Competitors aiming for glory.

The Senior Men’s competition was completed over a 4km course, with Antrim’s Donal McKernan winning on a score of 36 Pocs and 18metres.  Both Donal and Runner Up Ruairi Convery (38 Pocs 69m) will go forward to National Finals on Saturday 5th August.

Senior Mens Results
36 Pocs 18m Donal McKernan Antrim Sarsfields
38 Pocs 69m Ruairi Convery Derry Swatragh
40 Pocs 39m Ruairi McCrickard Down Liatroim Fontenoys
44 Pocs 39m David McGahon Monaghan Inniskeen
44 Pocs 31m Paul Burns Donegal Burt
49 Pocs Rian McCaul Tyrone Killyclogher

The Mens Under 16 Winner was Ciaran Watson from Down who completed their shorter course of 1.8km in 14 Pocs 98metres, will also go forward to the Nationals Finals.
U16 Mens Results
14 Pocs 98m Ciaran Watson Down Ballygalget
14 Pocs 88m Dáithí Roberts Donegal Gaoth Dobhair
14 Pocs 20m Ryan McPeake Derry Slaughtneil
15 Pocs 80m Dáire Stevenson Antrim Naomh Pól
15 Pocs 55m Cian Ferguson Tyrone Eoghan Ruadh
17 Pocs Niall Bermingham Monaghan Carrickmacross
19 Pocs Lee McParland Cavan Shannon Gaels

Both Ladies Competitions were completed over the same 1.6km course and like their male counterparts these were also very close events.
Orlagh O’Hara from Cushendall Antrim won the Senior Ladies with 11 Pocs and 67metres.  While Roisin McCormick from Loughgiel, Antrim won the U16 Ladies just 7m behind the senior winner (11 Pocs 60m). Both will go forward to represent Ulster on Saturday 5th August

Senior Ladies Results
11 Pocs 67m Orlagh O’ Hara Antrim Cushendall
12 Pocs 85m Annita McCullough Derry Glenullin
12 Pocs 79m Ciarraí Devlin Armagh Granemore
13 Pocs 13m Danielle McCourt Down Ballyholland
14 Pocs 49m Roisin McErlean Tyrone Naomh Treasa
14 Pocs 1m Isobelle Kierans Monaghan Inniskeen
15 Pocs 55m Eleanor Coyle Cavan Castletara

U16 Ladies Results
11 Pocs 60m Roisin McCormick Antrim Loughgiel
12 Pocs 68m Ellie McKee Armagh Ballymacnab
13 Pocs 7m Órlaith O’Rouke Down An Riocht
14 Pocs 73m Emma Donnelly Tyrone Derrylaughan
17 Pocs 8m Shannon Doherty Donegal St Eunans
18 Pocs 29m Eimear Coyle Cavan Castletara

All competitors, spectators and officials were welcomed back to the Gowlan Community Centre and treated to a great spread by Cuilcagh Catering.

Photos: Credited to John Merry (
Oliver Galligan (Ulster GAA Vice-Chairperson) Presented the Mens awards
Rosemary Hughes-Merry (Ulster Camogie Secretory) Presented the Ladies Awards

In order to promote Poc Fada, can you share the Poc Fada pages which are:
Facebook: GAA-Poc-Fada
Twitter: GAAPocFada
and use the Hashtag #PocFada

Thanks to Kevin Kelly, Tom O’Reilly, Pauric Dowdall, Keith Greene and all for their support and assistance in making this possible.

By Susan Tue 20th Jun

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