Clare day as McInerney claims Poc Fada crown
Some insider knowledge went a long way as Clare's James McInerney claimed the M Donnelly All-Ireland senior men's title on Saturday.
McInerney was crowned King of the Cooleys after edging past Westmeath's Brian Connaughton and nine-time winner Brendan Cummins in a gripping finish.
When the dust settled, former Clare hurler McInerney had just 20 metres to spare on Connaughton.
McInerney, who turned 29 last week, covered the Annaverna Mountain course in 50 pocs and 78 metres to become the first Clareman since Davy Fitzgerald in 2002 to win the title.
Connaughton was a gallant runner-up on 50 pocs and 58m as Tipperary's Cummins, denied six-in-a-row and a tenth title in all, claimed third spot on 50 pocs and 34 metres.
Meanwhile, Cork's Aoife Murray claimed the senior ladies title, finishing with 27 pocs and 68 metres.
That was good enough to fend off the challenge of fellow Corkonian Lyndsey Connell, who was 33 metres further back. Dublin's Faye McCarthy was third.
In the U-16 events, Offaly's Cathal Kiely and Galway's Sarah Healy were crowned champions. Kiely followed in the footsteps of his brother Cillian, a two-time winner, with a score of 22 pocs and 76 metres.