Olympic Council of Ireland Chief Executive Stephen Martin played for Great Britain at three Olympic Games, winning bronze in Los Angeles in 1984 and gold in Seoul in 1988. John Flack has been chatting to the Co Down man about the hockey experience in Rio both from an Irish and GB perspective.
Chris Cargo hailed the Irish fans in Rio as “amazing” as they played their role in the side’s memorable Olympic campaign, providing extra motivation to the green machine.
“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.
Mitch Darling talks history, David Harte on Argentina-focus, Craig Fulton on deserved success and Shane O’Donoghue on penalty corner mojo; here’s the reaction from Ireland’s 4-2 win over Canada
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
Have a listen to Declan Hughes’ series of interviews from the recent Four Nations Invitational series that finished up last Friday with Ireland ending up second after four wins from five outings
Check out all the reaction from Ronan Gormley, Craig Fulton, Mirco Pruyser and Rob van der Horst from Ireland’s game with the Netherlands in game two of their Olympic journey
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
Declan Hughes interviewed the key players from the first two days of the Four Nations Invitational tournament at the Merrion Fleet Arena; have a listen here
Conor Harte says the Olympic village is “quickly becoming our home” following the Irish team’s arrival in Rio this week off the back of a ten-day training camp in Argentina.
Banbridge coach Mark Tumilty says the Co Down club is buzzing following the announcement of the EHL draw and the schedule as they look forward to welcoming Round 1 from October 7-9.
For many Olympians, they often cite long-term goal-setting as one of the central road-maps to their sporting success. Outlining plans for an international future, though, could not have been further from Chris Cargo’s plans in 2009 mere months before his debut.
Glenanne’s famous fighting spirit has transferred directly to Shane O’Donoghue in almost exclusively moulding his attitude and ability for the game, making him one of the biggest talents on the world stage.
“No excuses” – it’s a mantra the Irish men’s team live by. It underpins their approach and preparation and has brought Olympic qualification, according to David Harte.
Emily Beatty, Kate Lloyd and Elaine Carey are looking forward to a new challenge overseas in the upcoming season. The former duo make the switch from UCD to KHC Dragons, adding to the long connection between the Antwerp club with Irish players while Carey moves to Syracuse in the US.
Eugene Magee says that final selection for the Olympic Games does lift a “weight off us” as he reflects on his inclusion in the 16-player central list along with three reserves named this morning who will travel to Rio.
Chris Cargo and Eugene Magee were in the BBC offices this afternoon speaking on the summer club section about where Ireland’s preparations are at currently
Craig Fulton confirmed he will be making a significant cut to his Irish panel, most likely from 27 players down to 20, in the coming week following Tuesday’s 2-2 draw with Canada.