“Every journey comes to an end; I know we gave it everything we could,” Craig Fulton’s final reflections on a memorable week but while this Olympic journey is over, he is confident systems can be put in place to make sure this is more than a one-off.
David Harte described Ireland’s exit from the Olympic Games at the hands of Argentina as “gut-wrenching and agonising” as they, once again, pushed a world top seven ranked side close but ultimately came unstuck.
Ireland's history-makers added yet another amazing victory to their list of achievements as their dramatic 4-2 win over Canada keeps them in with a fighting chance of reaching the quarter-finals of the Olympic Games.
Despite the defeat to Germany, the mood in the mixed zone had positive tones as Ireland look to turn performances into points in their closing two games later this week; reaction from Jonny Bell, David Harte and Craig Fulton
The goals were unforgettable, the performance tactically astute and the reigning champions Germany were posed a large number of awkward questions. The rub is that the Germans proficiency from corners, propelled by Moritz Fuerste, broke through the defences of David Harte and his defence, condemning Ireland to a third successive defeat in Deodoro, the tie ending 3-2.
For a second day running, Ireland were left frustrated as strong elements of their performance in Rio de Janeiro showed little reward as they fell to a somewhat exaggerated final scoreline against the world number two Dutch side.
India’s greater set piece accuracy gave Ireland a harsh lesson in their first Olympic hockey match for 108 years as three penalty corner goals to two told the tale in Deodoro this morning in intense heat.
When Craig Fulton first arrived on Irish shores in 2005 as player-coach at Pembroke, Ronan Gormley says it marked “an immediate change” in the way the club went about its business that had a far-reaching knock-on effect.
After three and a half years out of the frame, John Jermyn's return to the Irish team makes him one of the unlikeliest of Olympians; he talks about an unflattering picture on social media sparked his fitness obsession that brought him back in the frame