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Hockey: Junior Green Army accept invitation to women's FIH Junior World Cup

September 24, 2021
Hockey Ireland is delighted to accept an invitation to the Women’s FIH Junior World Cup which takes places in Potchefstroom, South Africa from December 5th to 16th 2021. It means the Junior Green Army will feature in the women’s competition for the first time and Irish Under-21 head coach Dave Passmore says it offers a […]

Hockey: Green Army icon Shirley McCay calls time on record-breaking Irish career

September 9, 2021
Shirley McCay has decided to call time on her international career following a ground-breaking 14-year spell with the Green Army. Since making her international debut in 2007, the Drumquin native has gone on to play for 316 times, a caps record for both hockey and for female sportswomen in general in Ireland. A diminutive defender […]

HISTORY-MAKING RELAY TEAM FINISH 8TH IN FINAL WHILE THERE’S HEARTBREAK FOR HOCKEY IN FINAL GROUP GAME

July 31, 2021
Team Ireland’s 4x400m Mixed Relay team put in another stellar performance at the Olympic Stadium this evening, recording a time of 3:15.04, the second fastest ever by an Irish quartet, only behind yesterday’s stunning national record. Chris O’Donnell brought the team home with a characteristically strong finish in 8th, making history as the first Irish […]

AIDAN WALSH BECOMES IRELAND’S LATEST OLYMPIC MEDALLIST AS HE GUARANTEES HIMSELF AT LEAST A BRONZE IN TOKYO

July 30, 2021
“I would cut my medal in half and give her half of it,” said a beamingAidan Walsh of his sister Michaela this morning, as he put on a fantastic quarter-final display to guarantee himself at least a bronze medal at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Walsh was composed throughout the Men’s Welter bout with Merven […]

WOMEN’S FOUR ROWERS SECURE IRELAND’S FIRST MEDAL AT TOKYO 2020, O’DONOVAN AND MCCARTHY POST WORLD’S BEST TIME WHILE BOXER KURT WALKER CAUSES MAJOR UPSET IN THE RING

July 28, 2021
Ireland’s first medal of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games was secured in rowing this morning as the superb Women’s Four of Aifric Keogh, Eimear Lambe, Fiona Murtagh and Emily Hegarty won an Olympic bronze in thrilling fashion. The Irish quartet were lying fifth at the halfway mark and, as they passed the 1000m mark, they […]

MAGNIFICENT MCSHARRY SECURES OLYMPIC FINAL SPOT

July 26, 2021
Mona McSharry continued her impressive form at this year’s Tokyo Olympic Games as she secured a coveted final spot in the Women’s 100m Breaststroke today. Finishing fourth in her semi-final today in a time of 1:06.59, she become the first Irish swimmer to qualify for an Olympic final in 25 years.  Elsewhere, both of Team […]

MCCLENAGHAN QUALIFIES FOR FINAL, HOCKEY OPENS OLYMPIC CAMPAIGN WITH A WIN

July 24, 2021
GREENE ROUNDS OUT THE ACTION IN THE POOL ON DAY ONE FOR TEAM IRELAND Gymnast Rhys McClenaghan has made history today as he became the first Irish gymnast to qualify for an Olympic final following an incredible performance on the Pommel Horse earlier today. Indeed, it was another busy evening all round for the Irish, […]

Hockey Team Announcement

June 21, 2021
Sixteen Players Selected for the Olympic Games in Tokyo Team Ireland has officially selected the hockey team of sixteen players who will compete at the Olympic Games in Tokyo this summer. The players were announced on the back of the EuroHockey Championships which took place in Amsterdam last week. Also announced were the two travelling […]

EuroHockey Championships - IRL Vs ITA

June 12, 2021
Women’s EuroHockey Championships, Pool C  Ireland 3 (A O’Flanagan 2, Z Malseed) Italy 0  Anna O’Flanagan’s double earned Ireland a Ireland a closing win to secure sixth place at the women’s EuroHockey Championships in Amsterdam, ending a rollercoaster week on a high.  Ultimately, the main targets of World Cup qualification and a first European semi-final […]

EuroHockey Championships - IRL Vs ENG Report

June 11, 2021
Women’s EuroHockey Championships  Pool C: Ireland 1 (D Duke) England 5 (S Evans 2, A Toman 2, E Rayer)  Ireland’s World Cup qualification bid looks set to come down to October’s final qualifier after they could not build on a strong start against England in the EuroHockey Championships’ Pool C.  Deirdre Duke’s outstanding early goal […]

EuroHockey Championships - IRL Vs ENG Preview

June 10, 2021
Women’s EuroHockey Championship, Pool C  Friday: Ireland v England, 10.30am (Irish time, RTE Player)  Ireland’s women need to bounce back quickly from Wednesday’s draw with Spain as they go in search of the last remaining World Cup ticket on offer from this week’s EuroHockey Championship in Amsterdam.  Ireland missed out on a semi-final berth on […]

EuroHockey Championships - IRL Vs ESP Report

June 9, 2021
Women’s EuroHockey Championships  Pool A  Ireland 1 (R Upton) Spain 1 (B Garcia)  In the end, Spain’s late goal in a 7-1 loss against the Netherlands proved pivotal as Ireland missed out on a maiden European Championship semi-final on goals scored following their 1-1 draw in Amstelveen.  This draw left Ireland and Spain level on […]

EuroHockey Championships IRL V ESP Preview

June 8, 2021
Women’s EuroHockey Championship Pool A  Wednesday: Ireland v Spain, 11.30am (Irish time, Live on RTE 2)  Chloe Watkins said the make-up of Ireland’s group meant she always “kind of felt it was going to come down to the final pool game against Spain” as the Green Army take on their most frequent recent rival.  The […]

EuroHockey Championships IRL Vs SCO

June 6, 2021
Women’s EuroHockey Championships Pool A  Ireland 1 (N Carroll) Scotland 0  Naomi Carroll’s 46th minute goal handed Ireland a huge win over Scotland at the EuroHockey Championships in Amsterdam to set up a showdown on Wednesday with Spain where victory would guarantee a World Cup ticket.  It was a memorable moment for the Cratloe woman after nearly two years out of […]

EuroHockey Championships - IRL VS NED

June 5, 2021
Women’s EuroHockey Championship  Pool A  Netherlands 4 (L Leurink 2, C van Maasakker, F Matla) Ireland 0  Katie Mullan says Ireland “know the rollercoaster of tournament hockey” and take a lot from their opening women’s EuroHockey Championship tie, falling 4-0 to an imperious Dutch side.  A double from Laurien Leurink along with goals from Caia […]

Green Army ready for Dutch rematch at EuroHockey Championships

June 3, 2021
Ireland’s women take their first step of a huge summer of action this Saturday as they take on world number ones the Netherlands on day one of the EuroHockey Championships in Amstelveen (2.30pm Irish time, Live on RTE2).   It is a repeat of 2018’s World Cup final with the Green Army hoping fresh legs […]

Tumilty to kickstart new era with 14 uncapped players in latest Irish men's squad

June 2, 2021
Irish men’s coach Mark Tumilty will kickstart a new era for the Green Machine next week as he looks set to hand 14 players their first taste of senior international hockey. Ireland will face Scotland in an uncapped three-game series with games on June 10th, 12th and 13th at the recently redeveloped pitch at University […]

Irish Women's Europeans Squad Announcement

June 2, 2021
After over 20 months preparing in the background, the Irish women’s hockey team is looking to hit the ground running at June’s European Championships in the Netherlands. It is the first phase of a huge summer that culminates in the Tokyo Olympic Games with the Euros doubling up as a key preparation tournament for the […]

Irish Women's European Squad Announcement

May 20, 2021
After over 20 months preparing in the background, the Irish women’s hockey team is looking to hit the ground running at June’s European Championships in the Netherlands. It is the first phase of a huge summer that culminates in the Tokyo Olympic Games with the Euros doubling up as a key preparation tournament for the […]

Ireland Womens Hockey Team Take 4 - 1 Win Over Scotland

May 16, 2021
Ireland Take 4 - 1 Win Over Scotland Ireland 4 (Evans, Malseed, Hawkshaw, O’Flanagan), Scotland (Semple). Ireland secure a second victory in as many days against Scotland. The match got underway with a higher energy than the start of yesterday’s game, with Evans pushing the ball up the pitch and O’Flanagan chasing it fast, but […]

Womens Hockey - Ireland Claims 5-1 Victory Over Scotland in First of Two Match Series in Final Prep for Europeans in June.

May 15, 2021
Ireland 5 (Duke, Upton, Malseed, Carey, Evans), Scotland 1 (Burnet). A short period of scattered play got the match marked off in the opening minutes before Deirdre Duke managed to strike from just inside the top of the circle and catch Scotland’s keeper off-guard. Hannah McLoughlin had the next opportunity of the match, applying pressure […]

Hockey - Grace O'Flanagan

May 13, 2021
“How do you manage to fit in all the practice and still be a doctor as well?” Daniel, aged 9, to Irish goalkeeper Grace O’Flanagan. The hand-written letter landed in her mailbox at the end of a 14-hour shift before heading into a weekend of training with the Green Army. The letter landed in February […]

Green Army take on Scotland in Final Home Preparations for European’s

May 13, 2021
The Green Army will take on Scotland this weekend, the 15th and 16th of May, in Queen’s University Belfast. The sides last met in July 2019, with Ireland coming away from the series in Stormont with two wins and a draw. The uncapped matches will be part of the final home match preparations for this […]

Katie Mullan on hockey announcement

April 22, 2021
Katie Mullan says how each nation adapts to their ever-evolving circumstances will play a key role in ultimate success or otherwise this summer with June’s European Championships and the Olympic Games six weeks later on the horizon. Speaking ahead of the Green Army’s departure to Bisham Abbey for a four-game series against Great Britain, the […]

Irish Women travel to Bisham Abbey to take on Great Britain in Uncapped Series

April 21, 2021
The Irish Women’s squad will travel to Bisham Abbey, London, tomorrow as part of their preparation for Tokyo Olympic Games this summer. A twenty strong squad will travel on the 22nd of April, with four matches against Great Britain scheduled to take place between the 22nd of April and 2nd of May. All of the […]

Anna O’Flanagan on the Challenges Along the Road to Tokyo

April 16, 2021
Sitting on Anna O’Flanagan’s desk are a set of pens that have remained in the packet for almost six years now. In just under a hundred days, she may finally get around to chucking them out, maybe even burn them. Bought in something of an emotional daze in Valencia, in 2015, the day after Rio […]

Irish Women's Hockey Squad No Longer Travelling to Malaysia

April 9, 2021
The recently announced Irish Squad trip to Malaysia has been cancelled as of this morning. Over the past two weeks Hockey Ireland and their key stakeholders have been working tirelessly to provide the opportunity to travel to Malaysia for heat and humidity training and competition. Having constantly monitored the situation throughout this period, due to […]

Irish Women travel to Malaysia for Match Opportunities in Tokyo-like Conditions

April 8, 2021
The Irish Women’s squad will travel to Malaysia tomorrow as part of their preparation for the conditions they will face in Tokyo this summer. A twenty strong squad will travel on the 9th of April and return on the 28th, basing themselves out of Malaysia National Hockey Stadium, Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur while there. Also […]

Hockey - Match Report Ire V GB #3

March 18, 2021
Ireland 1 (Upton), Great Britain 1 (Petters). The third and final match of the SoftCo Series took place this afternoon in Queen’s University Belfast, seeing an even performance from both GB and Ireland. Both teams having a large number of close opportunities in the circle throughout the match. GB’s Owlsey got the game off to […]

Hockey - Match Report Ire V GB #2

March 14, 2021
Ireland 2 (Watkins, Upton), Great Britain 1 (Unsworth). The second match of the SoftCo Series in Queen’s University Belfast got underway this evening, with Great Britain bringing a noticeably faster start than the opening of yesterday’s match. However, Ireland remained strong from the off, with Lena Tice making a remarkable on the line save from […]
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