Offaly’s Cillian Kiely retains All Ireland U-16 Poc Fada title

Sixteen year old Kilcormac Killoughy man Cillian Kiely, a student of Colaiste Naomh Cormac made history by creating a new record by becoming the first person to win back to back All Ireland U-16 Poc Fada titles.

Sixteen year old Kilcormac Killoughy man Cillian Kiely, a student of Colaiste Naomh Cormac made history by creating a new record by becoming the first person to win back to back All Ireland U-16 Poc Fada titles.

The All Ireland Final was held on the Cooley Peninsula, Co.Louth on Saturday, August 4.

Last year, Cillian represented Leinster in the All Ireland and won the competition in 24 pucks equaling the existing record. This year the Kilcormac Killoughy Minor won the competition with 22 pucks setting a new All Ireland Record at under 16 level.

As Cillian once again used the Cul Tech hurl kindly sponsored by Gerry Grehan of Cul Tech Hurls in Ferbane, finding that he gets a longer distance in his strike from using the Cul Tech.

History was also made this year on the Cooley Mountains as it was the first year that all three of last years winners were All Ireland Champions again. Brendan Cummins Tipperarys notorious goalie took the Senior Title for the fifth time and Patricia Jackman from Waterford won again in the Camogie section.

Offaly was well represented in the Poc Fada this year with Damien Spain and Joe Troy from Drumcullen competing in the senior section. Against strong competition, both men did well finishing in the top seven.

In the pairs Joe came second with Ruairi Convery of Derry while Damien came fifth with Gary Maguire of Dublin.