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Louth: The first US-born competitor will take part in this year's M Donnelly sponsored Poc Fada on Saturday.

Dan McAuliffe from the Milwaukee Hurling Club will compete on the Annaverna Mountain, Ravensdale along with 11 other competitors, including reigning champion and Tipp keeper Brendan Cummins.

Cummins is the record holder for the 5km course with 48 pucks but he will be strongly challenged by Waterford manager Davy Fitzgerald, Galway keeper James Skehill and Wexford custodian Damien Fitzhenry.


Division Two outfit Kingscourt Stars caused a shock in the first round of the SFC when they saw off first division side Castlerahan by four points. Crosserlough and Gowna couldn't be separated and that replay has been set for Kingspan Breffni Park at 7pm on Saturday. All the other big guns made their way through the quarter-finals safely with a Nicholas Walsh-inspired Cavan Gaels having 10 points to spare over Lacken. There was also wins for Cuchullains, Denn and Mullahoran.


Burgess qualified for their first North SHC final in 64 years thanks to a two-point win over Toomevara in Nenagh on Saturday. Tony Considine's men had a six-point advantage at half-time and now face neighbours Kildangan in what will be the first North championship final meeting between the sides.

In the South championship, Killenaule face Ballingarry in the final for the second successive year after wins against Ballybacon-Grange and Mullinahone respectively, while in the Mid championship reigning Munster club champions Loughmore-Castleiney tasted defeat at the hands of Drom-Inch.


Pat Fallon, the veteran of two All-Ireland SFC finals, was to the fore as the county's Masters side took a step closer to three successive All-Ireland titles with a nine-point victory over Derry at the weekend.

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Fallon registered two points for the Green and Red as they rallied in the second half to ease past Derry.

Former inter-county stars Noel Stagg, Ger Butler and Johnny Leonard were also prominent for Mayo, who now go forward to the quarter-finals.


Ardboe starlet Kyle Coney has become the latest young GAA star to try his hand in the AFL after he signed a two-year deal with the Sydney Swans. However, the 18-year-old will first help the county's minor side in their quest for All-Ireland glory before heading Down Under in November where he will team up with Tadhg Kennelly. The Red Hand minors face Roscommon in the All-Ireland quarter-final.


County hurling manager John Meyler will not be rushed into any decision about his future. Meyler, who has one year left to run on a three-year term, will meet the players tonight and seek a meeting with county board chairman Ger Doyle before making a decision.

Elsewhere, the extended run of both the hurling and football teams means club championships have taken a back seat but there is action in the senior hurling grade on August 6 with St Martin's facing Shelmaliers in Wexford Park and defending champions Oulart taking on St Anne's.

There is one fixture in the football championship that sees Starlights play Duffry Rovers in Farmleigh.


Corofin booked their place in the last eight of the SFC when a brace of goals from Kieran Comer (pictured) helped them to a 10-point win over Tuam Stars on Saturday evening.

Alan O'Donovan also weighed in with nine points as the former All-Ireland club champions set up a quarter-final date with Moycullen. The reigning All-Ireland intermediate club champions needed goals from Sean Sweeney and substitute David Wynne to see off Mountbellew-Moylough.

Elsewhere, Caherlistrane beat St Brendan's to book their quarter-final spot but don't yet know who they will play as An Ceathru Rua and Claregalway couldn't be separated as they drew 2-12 each after extra-time. The other last-eight ties see Salthill-Knocknacarra take on Cortoon Shamrocks and the students of NUIG face Milltown.


Daragh O'Conchuir's book on the history of St Laurence's GAA club has earned a McNamee award for 'Best Club Media Production' -- the GAA's annual scheme for rewarding outstanding contributions to the association via the media.

The programme for the Down county football final was chosen as the best in its category, while St Vincent's GAA club were awarded Best Website. Donegal won Best County Yearbook.

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