McKernan is senior Poc Fada champion
Donal McKernan won today’s Antrim Poc Fada at Feystown Glenarm when he beat all comers to claim the senior title for the first time. The young Sarsfields player, who won the Under 16 competition just years ago, before going on to add the All Ireland title, completed the course the over Gowkstown Hill in twenty strokes, the same number as runner-up Conor McAlister of Ruairi Og Cushendall but McKernan’s final puck carried over the finish line well ahead of McAlister’s.
There was success for the Ruairi Og club however when Orla O’Hara won the ladies competition in 27 pucks, ahead of Maureen Creelman of Cargin and Mairead Doherty of Rasharkin.
The under 16 boys winner was Daire Stevenson of St Paul’s who beat the luckless John McAlister of Ruairi Og, Cushendall. McAlister equalled Stevenson in the number of pucks but he lost a ball on his way around the course and that one shot penalty was his undoing.
Roisin McCormick of Loughgiel Shamrocks retained her Under 16 Girls title when she went around in 26 pucks, ahead of her club colleague Shauna McKillop, Ellen Leech of Cushendall and Orla Donnelly of Bridini Oga.
Once again the Shane O’Neill’s club organised the event superbly and Terence Mulvenna and his organising team deserve the highest of praise. The winners of Saturday’s even now forward to represent the county in the Ulster finals in Cavan on June 14th.
Antrim Senior footballers had the privilege to assist a fabulous group - Kids Together - The members of Kids Together have direct experience of the difficulties faced by children with disabilities and their families including feelings of isolation, difficulties in accessing information and support and difficulty in accessing opportunities for play, leisure and recreation. Many thanks to De La Salle Belfast for facilitating the event and to O'Neills for the goodie bags & McDonalds for the food! A great event where the children had fun and FULL SELF EXPRESSION!
Congratulations to all involved including the players , Frank Fitzsimmons , Pat Hughes and Paul Buchanan for organising the event with KIDS TOGETHER.
Kids Together is particularly concerned with the need to ensure that there is appropriate community based provision for all children/ Young People and to ensure that the needs of all children, including those with disabilities are met with regards to after-school and play provision.
Their Mission Statement is 'to ensure our children will realise their potential, improve their quality of life and participate fully within their community. Kids Together aims to support children with moderate to severe disabilities whose needs are not met at local community level'.
The purpose of Kids together is to give these children a sense of belonging, stability, acceptance and equality, building friendships and relationships, reducing isolation and increasing social interaction.
There are a significantly high number of young children with disabilities living in the Belfast area. The needs of these children and families are complex and varied. From the experiences of Kids Together working with families living with disability, we know that they face additional problems accessing services, advice and information as well as isolation and particular problems in finding play, recreation and leisure opportunities for their children.
KT continues to work tirelessly in the promotion of equality of opportunity and diversity of services, both to children with disabilities, siblings’ and their parents /guardians, in the provision of:
Afterschool for children aged 4-10
Youth provision for children aged 11-18
Time for me provision for children aged 2-4
Outreach project for children age 4-16
Support group for Parents/ Carers
The Senior Footballers were moved and inspired by Kids Together and we hope you enjoy our video with highlights of the Kids Together trip to De La Salle!
Ulster Poc Fada Finals
Wednesday 14th June, saw the Ulster Poc Fada Final take place on Cuilcagh Mountain, sitting on the Cavan/Fermanagh border at Blacklion, the home of Shannon Gaels GAC. The splendid course, which had over 100 people on it, set not far from Marble Arch Caves saw 26 Competitors aiming for glory. The Senior Men's competition was completed over a 4km course, with Antrim's Donal McKernan winning on a score of 36 Pocs and 18metres. Both Donal and Runner Up Ruairi Convery (38 Pocs 69m) will go forward to National Finals on Saturday 5th August.
Senior Mens Results: 36 Pocs 18m Donal McKernan Antrim Sarsfields; 38 Pocs 69m Ruairi Convery Derry Swatragh; 40 Pocs 39m Ruairi McCrickard Down Liatroim Fontenoys; 44 Pocs 39m David McGahon Monaghan Inniskeen; 44 Pocs 31m Paul Burns Donegal Burt; 49 Pocs Rian McCaul Tyrone Killyclogher.
The Mens Under 16 Winner was Ciaran Watson from Down who completed their shorter course of 1.8km in 14 Pocs 98metres, will also go forward to the Nationals Finals.
U16 Mens Results: 14 Pocs 98m Ciaran Watson Down Ballygalget; 14 Pocs 88m Dáithí Roberts Donegal Gaoth Dobhair; 14 Pocs 20m Ryan McPeake Derry Slaughtneil; 15 Pocs 80m Dáire Stevenson Antrim Naomh Pól; 15 Pocs 55m Cian Ferguson Tyrone Eoghan Ruadh; 17 Pocs Niall Bermingham Monaghan Carrickmacross; 19 Pocs Lee McParland Cavan Shannon Gaels.
Both Ladies Competitions were completed over the same 1.6km course and like their male counterparts these were also very close events. Orlagh O'Hara from Cushendall Antrim won the Senior Ladies with 11 Pocs and 67metres. While Roisin McCormick from Loughgiel, Antrim won the U16 Ladies just 7m behind the senior winner (11 Pocs 60m). Both will go forward to represent Ulster on Saturday 5th August
Senior Ladies Results: 11 Pocs 67m Orlagh O' Hara Antrim Cushendall; 12 Pocs 85m Annita McCullough Derry Glenullin; 12 Pocs 79m Ciarraí Devlin Armagh Granemore; 13 Pocs 13m Danielle McCourt Down Ballyholland; 14 Pocs 49m Roisin McErlean Tyrone Naomh Treasa; 14 Pocs 1m Isobelle Kierans Monaghan Inniskeen; 15 Pocs 55m Eleanor Coyle Cavan Castletara.
U16 Ladies Results: 11 Pocs 60m Roisin McCormick Antrim Loughgiel; 12 Pocs 68m Ellie McKee Armagh Ballymacnab; 13 Pocs 7m Órlaith O'Rouke Down An Riocht; 14 Pocs 73m Emma Donnelly Tyrone Derrylaughan; 17 Pocs 8m Shannon Doherty Donegal St Eunans; 18 Pocs 29m Eimear Coyle Cavan Castletara.
All competitors, spectators and officials were welcomed back to the Gowlan Community Centre and treated to a great spread by Cuilcagh Catering.
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