Cork’s Ger Cunningham picked up his sixth All-Ireland GAA Poc Fada Hurling Championshop in 1989, but he was pushed all the way on the downhill part of the course by Galway’s Michael Shaughnessy, who surprisingly picked up on the downhill side and finished equal with Cunningham on 57 Pocs. In the event of a tie the distance past the finish line of the Final poc decides the Champion, and in this case it was Cunningham who won, managing a distance of 18 metres to Shaughnessy’s 3 metres. [Reference: 2]
About GAA Poc Fada
An Poc Fada – ‘the Long Puck’ is a Gaelic Game where players use a Hurley to hit a Sliotar (ball) up the side of a mountain and down the other side in as few pucks or shots as possible.
The sport would have a similar origin to the Scottish Game of Golf. It is mentioned in the myths and legends of Ireland, when Setanta took his Hurley / Hurl and hit his Sliotar all the way from Co Louth to Co. Armagh in one go. The All-Ireland Poc Fada Championships have taken place in the Cooley Mountains in Co. Louth since 1961 in commemoration of the legendary feat.
 GAA Poc Fada Twitter Account (2018) GAA Poc Fada Logo [Internet] Available from: https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/975524662636613632/-7z4rlL3_400x400.jpg [Accessed 9 June 2018]
 Naughton, Lindie (1995) – “Poc Fada” Evening Herald. Thursday, August 10, 1989. Pg. 37
Thanks to Tom Dunne, Kilkenny
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