The 2019 Munster Poc Fada competition was launched in the pristine surroundings of the Kerry GAA Centre of Excellence in Currans on Tuesday evening.
Launching the competition, Munster Hurling Coaching and Games Manager, Joey Carton, said that the awarding of the competition to Kerry for the next three years was recognition of the local effort put into the Poc Fada competition over the years and also recognition of the tremendous work being done for Hurling in Kerry right now. “After three years in the Galtee Mountains and the past three years in The Burren, we are looking forward to the fantastic Kerry Head course for the next three years” he said.
Munster GAA Poc Fada Ambassador, Brendan Cummins, thanked the Provincial Council for nominating him as Ambassador for the competition. The former Tipperary star, who is the holder of 2 All-Ireland medals and 5 All-Stars, is ideally suited for the honorary role having been national Poc Fada champion on nine occasions between 2004 and 2015. “I was fortunate enough to play around the Kerry Head course a few years back and the Provincial competition is a huge carrot to take part in the National finals in the Cooley Mountains” he said.
Chairman of the Kerry County Committee, Tim Murphy, welcoming everyone to the launch in the Centre of Excellence, said that it was a tremendous honour for Kerry to be staging the competition for the very first time and said that Kerry GAA would be supporting the competition in every way possible.
The Munster Poc Fada competitions (Senior and Under 16s), which will once again be sponsored by Martin Donnelly, will be held over the Kerry Head course in Ballyheigue on Saturday June 15th.