2014 is the All Ireland Hurling Poc Fada Final's 53rd anniversary and the 10th anniversary of the Camogie All Ireland Poc Fada Final.
For some reason the years ending with the number 4 have been significant for both Hurling and Camogie Poc Fada Finals. We'll start with Camogie...
2014 will be the year of the 10th Camogie All Ireland Final with the inaugural final having been held in 2004.
2004 Camogie Poc Fada Final Winner
The winner of the inaugural Camogie Final was Stephanie Gannon from Athenry, Galway at the age of 16 - the youngest Camog to have won the championship to date.
An exceptional Camog, Stephanie has had great success with her club and county and is also the winner of two National League titles in 2002 and 2005 and the Camogie young player of the year award which she also won in 2004.
Stephanie has also been a finalist in the All Ireland Club Finals with her club Athenry in 2009.
Stephanie also competed in the All Ireland Poc Fada Final in 2010 finishing 4th.
Of the four winners in the All Ireland Hurling Poc Fada Finals over the decades three have won 17 titles between them out of a total of 42. All three of them began their championship winning streaks on a year that ended with the number 4!
1964 Hurling Poc Fada Final Winner
Oliver Gough - Kilkenny
Oliver Gough was the last Kilkenny competitor to win the All Ireland Poc Fada Championship and only the second to do so, Ollie Walsh was the other Kilkenny Champion.
Although born in Kilkenny Oliver played most of his hurling in Co. Wexford winning 3 Junior Championships with Gorey and 2 Senior Championships with Ferns. Oliver also played for the famous Rathnure Club.
Oliver is one of only three Hurlers who have won All Ireland Senior Championship medals with two counties. His first was with Wexford in 1955 and the second All ireland Senior hurling Medal was with Kilkenny in 1963.
In later years Oliver has represented Ireland at senior golf level.
1974 No Competition
1984 Hurling Poc Fada Champion
Ger Cunningham - Cork
Ger Cunningham won the 1st of his seven All Ireland titles in 1984. His record in the Ireland Poc Fada Championship is remarkable, winning a total of 7 titles back to back from 1984 to 1990 with only Tipperary's Brendan Cummins equalling the number of All Ireland titles won in 2013.
Ger's first appearence in the All Ireland Poc Fada finals was in 1982 when he finished 3rd - Tyrone's Gerry Goodwin won the title with Pat Hartigan of Limerick in 2nd. (View the video "All in the Game" to see an interview with Ger.
Ger Cunningham is the first member of the All Ireland Poc Fada Hall of Fame - Visit our Hall of Fame page for more information on Ger Cunningham. All Ireland Poc Fada Hall of Fame page
1994 Hurling Poc Fada Champion
Michael Shaughnessy - Galway
Michael Shaughnessy, from the Turloughmore Club in County Galway won the first of his three back to back titles in 1994. Michael lifted An Poc Fada Craobh na hÉireann titles in 1994, 1995, 1996 and incredibly was a Comortas Beirte (All ireland pairs) Champion on eight occasions.
Michael competed in his first All Ireland Poc Fada final in 1981 - the year of "The Revival" and his first success on the Anneverna Mountain course came interestingly in 1984 when he won the "Comórtas Beirte" alongside Cork's Justin McCarthy.
Michael is the second member of the All Ireland Poc Fada Hall of Fame - Visit our Hall of Fame page for more information on Michael Shaughnessy and interview he gave to the Connacht Tribune in 2013. All Ireland Poc Fada Hall of Fame page
2004 Hurling Poc Fada Champion
Brendan Cummins - Tipperary
The reigning All Ireland Poc Fada Champion Brendan Cummins of Tipperary won the first of his All Ireland titles in 2004 and is currently equal with Ger Cunningham on most All Ireland titles won at 7 apiece.
In 2004 Brendan also set a new course record for the 5 kilometre course of 48 pocs.
In 2013 Brendan equalled Michael Shaughnessy's record for the number of "Comórtas Beirte" wins when he won his 8th title alongside Galway's James Skehill.