White’s Cross GAA held its third annual Poc Fada on December 26th. We were very fortunate that the weather behaved as it did for the few hours we were all on walkabout given the way things were at both other sides of the particular day – our 11:30 start allowed the treacherous road conditions to thaw out nicely. This event has grown year-on-year since its inception in 2011 and this year there were 38 teams participating, with many more turning up to savour the occasion and walk the route in the company of friends and family.
This year’s Poc Fada marked the first occasion where the John Hickey Perpetual Cup was presented to the overall winners. John Hickey was a great servant to White’s Cross GAA, as both a player and a club officer, and since his death in 2005, the club had been seeking a way to remember John. This social occasion centred around the game of hurling was considered the ideal way to do so, because anybody who knew John will remember what great company he was and how much he enjoyed sport and hurling. John’s wife Kathleen presented the John Hickey Perpetual Cup to the overall winners at an event held at the Stirrup Bar, while his daughter Karen (O Donovan) spoke on behalf of the Hickey family. Karen thanked the club for honouring her father in such a fashion, acknowledging how much White’s Cross GAA had meant to him. Karen also recalled how the social element was very much part-and-parcel of what the GAA was about for John. It was great that so many of the extended Hickey family were able to attend the event, and indeed to see John’s grandchildren Kelley, PJ and Seanie involved. All profits raised from the Poc Fada are going to ACT (Aid Cancer Treatment) at the CUH, a charity that John himself had done much fundraising for through an annual cycling trip with work colleagues at Bus Eireann.
The overall winners of the Poc Fada were Kevin Buckley, Conor Buckley and Fionan Dunne. The winners of the ladies competition were Cora Delaney, Kate O Callaghan and Eabha Atkinson. The winners of the juvenile section were Cormac O Flynn, Ronan Quain and Cathal O Flynn. Thanks very much to Mike Meade Photography who did a truly wonderful job of catching the highlights of the day with his splendid photography – visit his facebook page where you can enjoy viewing the 180 odd photos that capture the fun of the day – míle buíochas Mike!