Interviews

McCay to be honoured in Omagh where it all began

McCay to be honoured in Omagh where it all began

November 1, 2018 | 352 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.

Walsh has stomach for the Indian battle as Ireland take every precaution

Walsh has stomach for the Indian battle as Ireland take every precaution

October 28, 2018 | 1,011 views | Leave a comment

Daragh Walsh says the Irish men’s team have already spent six months trying to get their stomachs ready for the World Cup in India in late November.

From Loughmore to Longwood and beyond: Edel Nyland’s well travelled life in hockey

From Loughmore to Longwood and beyond: Edel Nyland’s well travelled life in hockey

September 20, 2018 | 894 views | Leave a comment

Edel Nyland gives an in-depth look at her intriguing hockey career thus far from the fields of Loughmore-Castleiney to Ursulines to Longwood to a fruitful first month in the Bundesliga

Beatty reflects on whirlwind World Cup experience

Beatty reflects on whirlwind World Cup experience

September 9, 2018 | 526 views | Leave a comment

Emily Beatty said “it was like she never left” when she arrived into the team hotel the evening before the World Cup final following her late call-up.

Kelleher “flourishing” model of coaching on show at Hooked

Kelleher “flourishing” model of coaching on show at Hooked

September 6, 2018 | 1,018 views | Leave a comment

The annual Hooked coaching conference comes to Kings Hospital this weekend with a series of fascinating coaches presenting with the focus on “developing young players with talent”.

Cox bidding to keep Irish hockey in the headlines

Cox bidding to keep Irish hockey in the headlines

August 30, 2018 | 278 views | Leave a comment

New coach Alexander Cox says the never-say-die attitude of Irish hockey teams was the main attraction that drew him to apply for the men’s head coach job just four months out from the World Cup in India

Bucks to Brussels to push her Irish senior hopes

Bucks to Brussels to push her Irish senior hopes

August 24, 2018 | 767 views | Leave a comment

Emma Buckley is hoping a move to Belgium to play with Royal Racing Club de Bruxelles can help her push to become a central player for the Irish women’s senior team.

Time is now for ambition if hockey is to emulate cricket success story

Time is now for ambition if hockey is to emulate cricket success story

August 14, 2018 | 576 views | Leave a comment

As Hockey Ireland enters a rare window of opportunity to grow the game, The Hook caught up with Cricket Ireland CEO Warren Deutrom to see what helped lifted his sport in the wake of 2007 World Cup success in the West Indies

“Hidden gem” Nidge no longer an Irish secret weapon

“Hidden gem” Nidge no longer an Irish secret weapon

August 11, 2018 | 1,524 views | Leave a comment

In one of Craig Fulton’s last games in charge of the Irish men, he witnessed fine goalkeeping displays from David Fitzgerald and Jamie Carr in a 2-1 win over Germany in the absence of David Harte.

Daly’s dual passion driving her on for World Cup

Daly’s dual passion driving her on for World Cup

July 19, 2018 | 549 views | Leave a comment

A lifetime in the making, the multiple sporting strands of Nicci Daly’s life reach an incredible crescendo this month.

Jersey presentation marks start of special week for Irish women

Jersey presentation marks start of special week for Irish women

July 16, 2018 | 509 views | Leave a comment

Nine months on from World Cup qualification, Irish coach Graham Shaw says Friday evening’s jersey presentation very much felt like “the start” of the competition proper.

Dale and Sothern add to Belgian-based Irish contingent

Dale and Sothern add to Belgian-based Irish contingent

July 3, 2018 | 1,040 views | Leave a comment

Pembroke’s Alan Sothern and Cork C of I’s Julian Dale have joined the rapidly growing cohort of Irish senior men’s internationals who will play their hockey professionally on the continent next season.

Dutch experience helps build O’Flanagan’s mental toughness for World Cup after fine Hoofdklasse season

Dutch experience helps build O’Flanagan’s mental toughness for World Cup after fine Hoofdklasse season

July 2, 2018 | 842 views | Leave a comment

Coping with the forthright Dutch mentality is something Anna O’Flanagan says she initially took a while to get used to but says she will ultimately be stronger for the experience.

Fulton exits to guard of honour after ground-breaking tenure with the Green Machine

Fulton exits to guard of honour after ground-breaking tenure with the Green Machine

July 1, 2018 | 512 views | Leave a comment

Craig Fulton was given a suitable send-off as three goals in the closing 17 minutes saw Ireland beat France for a second day in succession at the Mardyke.

Evans set to reprise unvergesslich season with UHC

Evans set to reprise unvergesslich season with UHC

June 19, 2018 | 792 views | Leave a comment

“Unvergesslich” – Nikki Evans description of an “unforgettable” year with UHC Hamburg, one she is delighted to be able to reprise for a second season.

O’Donoghue to return to Dragons den for 2018/19 season

O’Donoghue to return to Dragons den for 2018/19 season

June 18, 2018 | 945 views | Leave a comment

With a heavy heart, Shane O’Donoghue will leave Glenanne this summer to return to Belgian champions KHC Dragons after a superb season in Dublin, captaining his boyhood club to the EYHL regular season crown.

Shimmins set to breathe fire with Dragons next season

Shimmins set to breathe fire with Dragons next season

June 13, 2018 | 895 views | Leave a comment

Irish international midfielders Kirk Shimmins, Shane O’Donoghue and Stephen Cole have all taken up contracts in Belgium for the upcoming season.

Brown snapped up by East Grinstead to aid indoor and outdoor ambition

Brown snapped up by East Grinstead to aid indoor and outdoor ambition

May 16, 2018 | 1,095 views | Leave a comment

Surprisingly not included in Ireland’s 29-strong World Cup training panel, Chloe Brown is clearly well-regarded by leading English Premiership side East Grinstead, writes John Flack.

Hockey Ireland outline plans for new membership system

Hockey Ireland outline plans for new membership system

March 3, 2018 | 316 views | Leave a comment

Hockey Ireland plans to bring in a new membership system and governance proposals at the 2018 AGM to give the organising body and the sport a platform to develop significantly.

Ards Indoor superstar Brown would relish second offer from Germany as she looks to impress in Prague

Ards Indoor superstar Brown would relish second offer from Germany as she looks to impress in Prague

February 21, 2018 | 601 views | Leave a comment

Chloe Brown has revealed she turned down the offer of a move to Germany last season but she says she would jump at the opportunity if it were to come along again.