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County Call to help discover the King Puck

FROM the Hill of Howth to the Cooley mountains.

It's one puck at a time. And Dublin's Kings of Swing are loosening their shoulders.

The Dublin Poc Fada competition takes place on Howth Hill on Thursday, June 18.

And the call has gone out to Dublin's big-hitters.

No Dublin player has ever won the national Poc Fada. Maybe that's about to change.

This is the third year that the county event has taken place in the picturesque location.

The views are spectacular. They take in Howth Harbour and Dublin Bay.

The course goes up over Howth Hill and the golf course, and concludes at the Beann Eadair club on the Balkill Road.

Two years ago, Cormac Ryan of Whitehall Colmcille was crowned King of the Mountain.

And last summer it was Conor Dooley of Ballyboden St Enda's.

It's a most enjoyable evening. Large galleries follow the players.

Staging the Poc Fada in Howth has proved a major success.

"It has worked out very well," says Tom Ryan. "There's a bigger interest than ever in it, and the spectacular scenery adds to the appeal."

There have been some classical Cooley champions over the years. Ger Cunningham has been among them.

He took the prize for seven successive seasons. And even now, if he took part on June 18, he'd be able to land the sliotar on top of Gaybo's old conservatory.

"We are inviting all Dublin clubs to nominate a player and entries are now being accepted," explains Tom Ryan.

You can contact Tom at tom.ryan.ccc.dublin@gaa.ie or on 087-2857669.

Eight hit Scór jackpot

EIGHT Dublin clubs have hit the Scór jackpot.

It follows Dublin hosting the All-Ireland Scór finals in such impressive fashion.

"The success of the finals allowed us to offer a number of Gaeltacht grants," explains Liam ó Culbaird.

Interviews were held in Parnell Park and the following clubs were awarded grants of €100.

Whitehall Colmcille, Kilmacud Crokes, St Brigid's, Lucan Sarsfields, Na Fianna, St Oliver Plunkett's/Eoghan Ruadh, Castleknock (by two) and Naomh Olaf (by two).