The 2020 M. Donnelly GAA All-Ireland Poc Fada Finals were officially launched in Louth yesterday and will take place in a physically distant fashion on Annaverna Mountain in County Louth on September 5th.

It is one GAA activity where the whole point is to create distance so is perhaps uniquely well suited to the current circumstances in which we are living.

Given the disruption to supporting activity, this year’s competition is an invitational event seeing recent competitors return to the mountain in what promises to be a highly competitive field.

This year also sees the celebration of one of the longest-running GAA sponsorships. Martin Donnelly has been sponsoring GAA Poc Fada for 25 years through his MD myclubshop.ie brand- A fantastic contribution that has sustained this competition throughout so many years.

“Given all of the difficulties we have experienced with staging events this year because of the pandemic, it is uplifting to see that the significant 60th-anniversary staging of An Poc Fada is in the calendar with an invitational field of talent assembled,” said GAA President, John Horan.

“There is great credit due to the organising committee who over the last number of years have succeeded in greatly reviving the interest in an event which has its roots so deep in our history and consistently draws some of the best of our players to the fabled Annaverna mountain.”

“Martin Donnelly deserves our thanks for his long-standing commitment to supporting this competition and I wish all involved a safe and successful and enjoyable day on the mountain course.”

“It’s fantastic to see the All-Ireland Poc Fada Finals proceed once more this year in what is always an exciting day in the Camogie calendar, added Camogie Association Ard Stiúrthóir, Sinéad McNulty.

Defending senior hurling champion Cillian Kiely from Offaly puts his crown on the line against a high calibre field that includes his brother Cathal and nine-time Poc Fada champion Brendan Cummins. The Kielys finished in 1st and 2nd place last year.

Galway’s Catríona Daly will be aiming to defend her title in a high calibre field that includes former champions Aoife Murray (Cork), Lyndsey Condell (Carlow) and Susan Earner (Galway).

Unfortunately, due to Covid 19 restrictions that have been in place in the months leading up to the event, there are no Under 16 competitions this year.