Sunday 20 October 2019

POC FADA GOES SKIING

Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

FORGET the Cooleys, the Poc Fada is going to the Alps!

The four provincial men's winners of the annual M Donnelly Poc Fada will receive a free ski trip to showcase their skills on the piste.

Long-time supporter and Clareman Martin Donnelly (right) remains title sponsor for the event, which will begin with county finals soon and culminate in the All-Ireland finals on the Cooley Mountains on August 3.

Tipperary's Brendan Cummins and Waterford camogie player Patricia Jackman are the reigning champions.

Now TodayFM and 'Topflight' have come on board, and this year's four men's provincial winners will join their annual 'Ski Trip' in 2014.

Full details are available on www.pocfada.gaa.ie

BETTER LATE THAN NEVER

WELL done Des Cullinane, the long-time UCC football mentor who finally saw to it that Kerry legend Maurice Fitzgerald got his Sigerson Cup medal last weekend, even if it was 25 years late!

Cullinane was a selector on the UCC team that won the Sigerson in 1988 when Fitzgerald, still only a fresher, was already their star.

County commitments meant he didn't get to collect his medal at the time, so when the team met for a silver jubilee celebration last weekend Cullinane presented Fitzgerald with a replica medal, made by former Cork star Gerald McCarthy, who is in that business.

A couple of years ago we spotted the bashful Kerry giant slipping into a Munster final in Killarney, which he watched from the back of the open terrace. In most other sports such a superstar would be ushered into the VIP area – or else demand to get there – but not the ever-modest Fitzy.

IT'S IN THE GENES

MUCH was made of sporting genes last Sunday when the sons of four former Dublin footballers – Bernard Brogan, Jack McCaffrey, Dean Rock and James McCarthy – helped clinch the Dubs' first NFL title in 20 years.

But they weren't the only ones with famous fathers who were in the sporting spotlight that day.

The winner of the women's race in last Sunday's Dublin Samsung Night Run (10km), which Bryan Cullen ran just to make us all feel lazy, was Aoife Talty of Raheny Shamrocks, the daughter of former Galway star Brian.

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