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Barbour retires after a quarter century in red

Barbour retires after a quarter century in red

July 1, 2019 | 219 views | Leave a comment

Cookstown legend Andy Barbour has called time on his time with the first team after 25 seasons playing at the top level for the Coolnafranky club.

Hartes go back to where it all began as vital cogs in the Green Machine

Hartes go back to where it all began as vital cogs in the Green Machine

June 14, 2019 | 550 views | Leave a comment

Le Touquet will always hold a special place for the Harte household as the French coastal venue brought international debuts for David, Conor and Emer all on the same weekend; the twins are back this week looking to make their mark again

Evolving tactical approach to serve Green Machine well in Le Touquet

Evolving tactical approach to serve Green Machine well in Le Touquet

June 14, 2019 | 343 views | Leave a comment

Alexander Cox is hoping the evolving tactical approach he is looking to implement with the Irish senior men will serve the side well at the FIH Series Finals in Le Touquet.

Wilson’s Olympic vision comes into focus at Banbridge

Wilson’s Olympic vision comes into focus at Banbridge

June 6, 2019 | 572 views | Leave a comment

The sight of Antrim woman Zoe Wilson wearing a broad smile and proudly peering through a pair of goggles while clutching her silver medal was among the many unforgettable images at the women’s World Cup in London last August, writes John Flack.

O’Flanagan says Grundie’s calming effect a perfect match for Green Army

O’Flanagan says Grundie’s calming effect a perfect match for Green Army

May 30, 2019 | 717 views | Leave a comment

Anna O’Flanagan says Gareth Grundie’s calm, composed demeanour will complement the Green Army’s exuberant outlook for the FIH Series Finals in Banbridge next week.

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 | 955 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 | 549 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 | 531 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 | 509 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 | 454 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 | 336 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 | 545 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 | 1,054 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 | 157 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 | 600 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 | 636 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 | 219 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 | 151 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 | 165 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 | 1,164 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