Line-up confirmed for All-Ireland Poc Fada Final

The M Donnelly-sponsored All-Ireland Poc Fada final, which takes place next Saturday on Annaverna Mountain in Ravensdale, County Louth, boasts a high quality range of hurlers and 2007 champion Brendan Cummins will have quite a job to hold onto his title.

The M Donnelly-sponsored All-Ireland Poc Fada final, which takes place next Saturday on Annaverna Mountain in Ravensdale, County Louth, boasts a high quality range of hurlers and 2007 champion Brendan Cummins will have quite a job to hold onto his title.

The Tipperary goalkeeper, who holds the 5km course record with 48 pocs, returns to the mountain and will be highly fancied to retain his crown.

However, 1999 and 2001 champion and current Waterford manager Davy Fitzgerald will also hope to have a say on the destination of the Corn Setanta, which is given to the All-Ireland champion along with an All-Ireland medal.

Interestingly, Munster Poc Fada champion Adrian Power from Waterford will be taking on his county's manager and the outcome of that personal duel will be worth waiting for.

Runner-up in the Munster competition, Brendan McNamara is no stranger to the mountain course and always comes to Annaverna quietly confident.

Ulster Poc Fada champion Graham Clarke will be endeavouring to claim the All-Ireland title for a first time.

The Down net minder has gone so close on quite a few occasions.

Leinster champion Shane O'Connor from Offaly will visit the mountain again and he, no doubt, will have benefited from his previous experience.

Roscommon's Gerry Fallon, the reigning Connacht champion, faces a mighty task on his first visit to the mountain, as does the Connacht runner-up, Keith Raymond from Sligo.

Dan McAuliffe, a member of the Milwaukee hurling club in America, will make history by participating in the event.

His involvement marks the first time that an American-born player will compete in the All-Ireland Poc Fada final.

McAuliffe is sure to attract a lot of attention and the hurler is determined to challenge for honours.

Meanwhile, Ruairi Convery from Derry also makes his first visit to the mountain as does Dublin's Fintan O'Brien - both of them were runners-up in their provincial deciders.

Galway goalkeeper James Skehill also finally makes it to the mountain after having had to cry off in two previous years.

Saturday will see the M Donnelly All-Ireland Camogie Poc Fada contest take place as well.

Carlow's Lyndsey Condell returns to the Annaverna Mountain and the 2007 winner will renew here rivalry with Waterford's Patricia Jackman, whom she defeated last year by a matter of yards.

Galway senior player Susan Earner takes on the mountain course for the first time as does Aideen Mullan from Derry.

Crossmaglen club player Gearldine Daly flies the flag for Armagh, while Louth's Orla McKenna will represent the host county.

2008 M DONNELLY ALL-IRELAND POC FADA:

Brendan McNamara (Clare)

Adrian Power (Waterford)

Shane O'Connor (Offaly)

Fintan O'Brien (Dublin)

Dan McAuliffe (Milwaukee, USA)

James Skehill (Galway)

Graham Clarke (Down)

Ruairi Convery (Derry)

Davy Fitzgerald (Clare)

Brendan Cummins (Tipperary)

Gerry Fallon (Roscommon)

Keith Raymond (Sligo)

2008 M DONNELLY ALL-IRELAND CAMOGIE POC FADA:

Geraldine Daly (Armagh)

Orla McKenna (Louth)

Lyndsey Condell (Carlow)

Susan Earner (Galway)

Patricia Jackman (Waterford)

Aideen Mullan (Derry)

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