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Bacchus closes current Green Army chapter of long-term Irish love affair

Bacchus closes current Green Army chapter of long-term Irish love affair

May 23, 2019 | 770 views | Leave a comment

After four summers with the Irish women’s squad, Colin “Bacchus” Stewart has decided this “chapter was over” as he looks forward to new challenges.

Dancer enjoys “weird” induction after Shaw information-swap

Dancer enjoys “weird” induction after Shaw information-swap

May 23, 2019 | 439 views | Leave a comment

Sean Dancer says he had a “weird” induction to the Irish women’s hockey team as the man taking over his old job, Graham Shaw, was the man showing him the ropes.

Jacob points to “the hard bits of life” that helped find her Hidden Strength

Jacob points to “the hard bits of life” that helped find her Hidden Strength

February 4, 2019 | 500 views | Leave a comment

Lisa Jacob is embarking on a new venture to help “develop hidden strength in young people”, using her experiences form a diverse sporting career in hockey, rugby and ultra marathons

Rising Star Tice in “total shock” at FIH nomination despite medals on four fronts in 2018

Rising Star Tice in “total shock” at FIH nomination despite medals on four fronts in 2018

January 16, 2019 | 508 views | Leave a comment

Lena Tice says she “never even considered” she would be nominated for the FIH Rising Star despite one of the most spectacular years by anyone’s standards, winning medals in four separate jurisdictions.

No time to rest on laurels as Softco support brings Tokyo 2020 firmly into focus

No time to rest on laurels as Softco support brings Tokyo 2020 firmly into focus

December 20, 2018 | 449 views | Leave a comment

Anna O’Flanagan says there is no time for the Green Army to rest on their laurels as the World Cup silver medalists gear up for a Christmas Day training session as Tokyo 2020 comes firmly into view.

McFerran looking forward to Living Like a Legend again in 2019

McFerran looking forward to Living Like a Legend again in 2019

December 20, 2018 | 330 views | Leave a comment

Ayeisha McFerran will make her return to the Ireland squad for the first time since her World Cup heroics in August for next month’s trip to Chile as BBC2 set to look back on epic World Cup journey with Live Like Legends documentary on December 27

Irish senior teams to get new training base in Abbotstown

Irish senior teams to get new training base in Abbotstown

December 14, 2018 | 519 views | Leave a comment

The National Sports Campus in Abbotstown is set to become the new training centre for the Irish senior hockey teams following news a new water-based hockey pitch will be laid there.

Ireland left empty after devastating World Cup exit

Ireland left empty after devastating World Cup exit

December 8, 2018 | 1,051 views | Leave a comment

With emotions still raw in the wake of their World Cup departure, the Irish squad attempted to put into words their feelings following their departure from the competition.

Conor Harte and Green Machine to summon fighting Irish spirit

Conor Harte and Green Machine to summon fighting Irish spirit

December 7, 2018 | 147 views | Leave a comment

Conor Harte says today’s showdown with England is Ireland’s “World Cup final” with a draw or better required against the world number seven side.

Billy Pollock’s Letter from Bhubaneswar

Billy Pollock’s Letter from Bhubaneswar

December 5, 2018 | 588 views | Leave a comment

A small but vocal Irish supporter’s group has made the lengthy trip to Bhubaneswar to cheer on the boys in green; chief among them – in his customised shamrock suit – is Billy Pollock who has penned this letter from the World Cup for the Hook!

Green Machine hail defence to go into China tie in upbeat mood

Green Machine hail defence to go into China tie in upbeat mood

December 2, 2018 | 632 views | Leave a comment

In the wake of the Irish game with Australia game, the Irish players reflected on a strong performance against the world number one side that ultimately ended in a 2-1 defeat. Here is what David Harte, Shane O’Donoghue and Matthew Nelson had to say:

Shane does not have to look far for World Cup inspiration

Shane does not have to look far for World Cup inspiration

November 30, 2018 | 215 views | Leave a comment

Shane O’Donoghue says he does not have to look too far to draw inspiration as he looks forward to the Hockey World Cup in India this week, getting underway on Friday against reigning champions Australia.

Batch wary of Irish threat of “causing an upset”

Batch wary of Irish threat of “causing an upset”

November 30, 2018 | 148 views | Leave a comment

Australia coach Colin Batch says his side won’t be underestimating world number 10 Ireland in their opening game of the 2018 FIH Men’s Hockey World Cup in Bhubaneswar.

Harte of Mumbai getting ready for World Cup cauldron

Harte of Mumbai getting ready for World Cup cauldron

November 30, 2018 | 162 views | Leave a comment

While David Harte is by a distance Ireland’s most high profile men’s hockey player, there is the distinct possibility he is far more recognised in India than on home soil.

Men’s World Cup – Ireland by the numbers

Men’s World Cup – Ireland by the numbers

November 26, 2018 | 1,147 views | Leave a comment

Ireland’s men start their World Cup campaign on Friday at 11.30am (Irish time) on Friday against Australia; find out a bit more about the team by the numbers

Mullan calls on Irish businesses to employ international players

Mullan calls on Irish businesses to employ international players

November 26, 2018 | 487 views | Leave a comment

Ireland captain Katie Mullan has urged businesses around the country to consider employing international players to allow them to combine sport and work as they prepare for the Olympic qualifying campaign, writes John Flack.

Brown enjoying new challenge at East Grinstead

Brown enjoying new challenge at East Grinstead

November 14, 2018 | 416 views | Leave a comment

Chloe Brown is thoroughly enjoying her first season in the English Premiership and, if all goes to plan, she hopes to extend her stay, having moved from Ards to East Grinstead over the summer, writes John Flack.

EYHL – week seven highlights

EYHL – week seven highlights

November 9, 2018 | 387 views | Leave a comment

Check out the highlights from week seven of the EYHL featuring a full round of women’s matches when Loreto moved top while there were two men’s EYHL games on the agenda, too

Bell putting in the extra hours to continue Green Machine lifestyle

Bell putting in the extra hours to continue Green Machine lifestyle

November 8, 2018 | 845 views | Leave a comment

Jonny Bell says he has worked all the hours available over the last year to put him in position to continue being part of the Green Machine’s World Cup challenge.

McCay to be honoured in Omagh where it all began

McCay to be honoured in Omagh where it all began

November 1, 2018 | 324 views | Leave a comment

Ulster Hockey Talent Coach and Ireland World Cup silver medal heroine Shirley McCay will return to her roots on Saturday night when Omagh celebrate their 60th anniversary at a gala function at the Silver Birch Hotel.