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O’Flanagan aiming to inspire schoolkids as part of Dare to Believe campaign

O’Flanagan aiming to inspire schoolkids as part of Dare to Believe campaign

November 23, 2020 | 713 views | Leave a comment

Anna O’Flanagan, Roisin Upton, Nicci Daly, Shirley McCay, Emma Buckley and Shane O’Donoghue are among 25 athlete ambassadors for Sport Ireland’s Dare to Believe which aims to bring Olympic stars into the classroom.

Daly hoping to hit top gear in 2021

Daly hoping to hit top gear in 2021

November 16, 2020 | 874 views | Leave a comment

With positive noises the Olympic Games will go ahead – with or without fans – Nicci Daly is grateful for the long lead-in time as she looks to potentially sign off a remarkable career on the biggest stage.

“It feels like only yesterday” – Katie Mullan on a year since Olympic qualification

“It feels like only yesterday” – Katie Mullan on a year since Olympic qualification

November 12, 2020 | 574 views | Leave a comment

Exactly a year since that electrifying night in Donnybrook’s Energia Park, Katie Mullan was probably expecting to be basking in the afterglow of a maiden Irish women’s Olympic hockey campaign.

Tumilty casting the net wide to get Green Machine motoring again

Tumilty casting the net wide to get Green Machine motoring again

October 23, 2020 | 2,336 views | Leave a comment

While Mark Tumilty only dropped the “interim” part of his title of Irish men’s head coach this week, the former Banbridge boss has already laid plenty of groundwork for his tenure, assessing almost 70 potential players to date.

Frazer hails “friend for life” Boyles’ vital influence

Frazer hails “friend for life” Boyles’ vital influence

August 4, 2020 | 1,916 views | Leave a comment

Megan Frazer says “friend for life” Arlene Boyles will be hugely missed around the Irish women’s camp following her decision to step back from the managerial role this month.

Gormley’s shock call to take on top Bundesliga coaching job

Gormley’s shock call to take on top Bundesliga coaching job

June 25, 2020 | 3,819 views | Leave a comment

Ronan Gormley has landed a huge first head coaching job as the former Irish captain has been co-opted to take on the top job at Crefelder HTC in the German Bundesliga.

Harte believes Olympic postponement needed for athletes’ peace of mind

Harte believes Olympic postponement needed for athletes’ peace of mind

March 21, 2020 | 4,034 views | Leave a comment

David Harte says he hopes to see the Tokyo Olympics postponed until later in 2020 to give all athletes involved “peace of mind” amid the Coronavirus pandemic.

Cargo’s life-changing opportunity an inspiration for future stars as Bangor man retires

Cargo’s life-changing opportunity an inspiration for future stars as Bangor man retires

January 6, 2020 | 1,031 views | Leave a comment

“Hopefully I showed there is a chance to play for Ireland and we will see people from smaller clubs and schools coming through, believing they can wear the green shirt if they work hard enough and don’t give up.” Chris Cargo on his Irish legacy

Blood, sweat and tears: Jackson eye still on the prize after 250 caps as sixth Euro campaigns beckon

Blood, sweat and tears: Jackson eye still on the prize after 250 caps as sixth Euro campaigns beckon

August 15, 2019 | 1,287 views | Leave a comment

“I’ve just got to be grateful Bruce has such a soft forehead!” Eight years ago, as his eye slowly made its way back into place over the course of three weeks, it is unlikely John Jackson could have envisaged playing his 250th international cap in the lead-up to the 2019 EuroHockey Championships. He became just […]

Apprentice Dancer looks to get one over former master as Green Army face down England

Apprentice Dancer looks to get one over former master as Green Army face down England

August 15, 2019 | 886 views | Leave a comment

New Irish coach Sean Dancer says there will be a “couple of tricks up our sleeve” when the Green Army take on England and his long-time mentor on Sunday in his first world ranking game in charge.

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 | 857 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 | 599 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 | 877 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 | 1,082 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 | 1,567 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 | 846 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 | 989 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 | 816 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 | 772 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 | 593 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