THREE Offaly hurlers will line out this weekend for the 2012 M. Donnelly All Ireland Poc Fada which takes place on Saturday August 4, at the Anaverna Mountain, Ravensdale, Cooley, County Louth, commencing at 12pm.
Drumcullen’s Damien Spain and Joe Troy will take part in the Senior event while Kilcormac/Killoughey’s Ciaran Kiely looks to defend his U-16 title.
The Poc Fada Finals are the only national contests for individual Camogie and Hurling players competing in their relevant categories.
The 2012 Finals feature a number of returning competitors in all events, with no less than three Senior All Ireland Poc Fada Champions competing in the me’ns event. Gerry Fallon (2009), Graham Clarke (2010) and defending champion Brendan Cummins, who will be looking for a 6th title this weekend.
Drumcullen goalkeeper Damien Spain makes his debut bow on the Anaverna Mountain hoping to follow in the footsteps of former Offaly man Albert Kelly, who took All-Ireland honours in 1992, 1993 and 1998.
His club mate Joe Troy also makes a first trip to the Anaverna Mountain. He earned his place in this All-Ireland by taking Leinster honours.
Cillian Kiely is getting a rare chance to defend the All-Ireland title which he won on the Anaverna Mountain last year.