Cathal Kiely retains All-Ireland poc fada title

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Cathal Kiely retains All-Ireland poc fada title thumbnailCathal Kiely, in action on the Cooley Mountains. TT32350

THERE were great celebrations last weekend when a young Kilcormac/Killoughey hurler, Cathal Kiely once again claimed the All Ireland Poc Fada title held on the Cooley Peninsula Co. Louth. 
Sixteen year old Cathal Kiely, a fifth year student of Colaiste Naomh Cormac and a member of the Kilcormac Killoughey minor and under 16 hurling and football teams, won for the second year in succession the boys under 16 All-Ireland Poc Fada title while representing Leinster.
Cathal's older brother Cillian also won under 16 back to back titles in 2011 and 2012. They are the only two players at under 16 boys level in Ireland to date to have ever won this competition back to back and the fact they are brothers makes this historical occasion all the sweeter.
In 2011 Cillian won the competition, equalling the then existing record of 24 pucks and in 2012 he won again and set a new record of 23 pucks. Last year his younger brother Cathal broke Cillian's record and went on to establish yet again another new record of 22 pucks which Cathal equalled again this year to win the All Ireland                                      
Ryan Renehan  from Tipperary finished in second place with a score of 25 pucks, and Adam Donnelly of Roscommon took third position with a score of 27 pucks, while Galway took the senior titles in senior men's and camogie and Cork won the under 16 girls camogie  
Once again, like his brother Cillian, Cathal used the cul tech hurl from cul tech hurls of Ferbane that was previously sponsored to him last year.    
Cathal would like to thank Leinster GAA, the Poc Fada organising committee and especially Martin Donnelly the main sponsor for their hard and very dedicated work each year to hold what Cathal described as one of the most incredible, challenging and really testing, yet very enjoyable, competitions you could be part of,  and Cathal wishes to extend his appreciation and thank you to all the supporters from his own K/K GAA club and all of his friends and family and everybody who supported him and wished him well on his All Ireland success.   
As Cathal said the All Ireland is over and won and now it's back to other GAA business as usual as the club has under 16 and minor hurling and football games to be played, and Cathal is also on the Offaly under 16 hurling squad who are in preparation and training for their end of year All Ireland under 16 hurling tournament to be held at the end of the month.


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