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Trinity Hurlers head for Stormont Poc Fada

5 August, 2010 - by Pat Sheehan

One of the highlights of this weekends Poc ar an Chnoc on the Stormont estate will be the celebrity Poc Fada for the Edward Carson Trophy.

Carson was a member of Trinity College hurley team and Saturday will see the current Captain Martin Phelan and four team colleagues travelling to Belfast to participate in this first ever Poc Fada at Stormont. Martin will be participating in the senior event and the others in the Open Longest Poc.

This is a new competition for the day – an Open Longest Poc – best of two pocs. Anyone wanting to participate in this has to register at 10 am on the morning.

The celebrity Poc Fada for the Edward Carson trophy will see Martin Rogan; Martin Lindsay; Mark Sidebottom; Bairbre de Brún MEP, Geraldine McAteer of the west Belfast Partnership Board;

Newly crowned All Ireland Poc Fada Champion Down’s Graham Clarke has confirmed that he will be taking part in the seniors competition on Saturday

Others confirmed for that event include: James McGarry; Christy O Connor; Davy Fitzgerald; Sambo McNaughton; Grainne Connolly; Claire O Kane; Sinead O Neill; Katrina O Kane; Ruairi Convery; Paul Shiels, Brian McGilligan, Martin Phelan and Noel Sands.

As well as the senior Poc Fada event which will include Hurling and Camogie figures the event will also include an under 10 Camogie and Hurling Blitz which will be held on the top lawn in front of Parliament Buildings and a celebrity Poc Fada for the Carson Trophy.

West Belfast MP Gerry Adams MLA said that August the 7th at Stormont will see a full day of events on the grounds of the Stormont estate. It will be, “a day in which young and old, all stars and first timers can exhibit their sporting prowess.”

Any money raised will go to the ‘City of Angels Foundation’ which through the medium of the arts tries to prevent children of the shanty towns of Sao Paulo from falling victim to the drug culture, to violence and organized crime. Their website is

Gerry Adams said:

“This will be a great day out. So if you want to help good people trying to save children from the scourge of drugs and crime, or if you just want a good day out – then come along to the Stormont estate on August 7th”.”

Note to Editor:
Martin Donnelly long time sponsor of the M Donnelly All Ireland Poc Fada in Cooley and whose famous MD logo has graced many sports including GAA Football, Hurling, Camogie and Handball, Boxing and Cycling, is the main sponsor of the event and the Dublin based businessman stated that he too is looking forward to the day.

The running order for the day will be:

10.00am – 10.30am Registration for teams of U-10’s and longest Pocf

10.30am – 12.30pm U-10 hurling & camogie blitz

10.30am – 12 noon Open Longest Poc Competition

12.30pm – 1.30pm Celebrity Poc Fada

1.30pm – 3pmpm Senior men’s and womens’ Poc Fada

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