Interviews

OPINION: When is a ban not a ban?

OPINION: When is a ban not a ban?

November 9, 2015 | 3,710 views | Leave a comment

** Ulster-based journalist John Flack talks about how the EY Hockey League has impacted on media coverage in Ulster since its introduction this season. (Article not to be reproduced without permission of John Flack) One of the positive spin-offs from the introduction of the EY Irish Hockey League has been the increased media coverage the […]

Good’s Olympic dream moves closer

Good’s Olympic dream moves closer

November 3, 2015 | 1,695 views | Leave a comment

Kyle Good – along with several Monkstown club mates – moved a step closer to the Olympic dream in the small hours of Sunday morning last week as the national team had their place confirmed for Rio 2016.

Dealing with 2012 imperative to finally earning Olympic place

Dealing with 2012 imperative to finally earning Olympic place

October 29, 2015 | 1,478 views | Leave a comment

Irish coach Craig Fulton says that finally dealing with the “hurt” of missing on London 2012 played a pivotal part in building the mental resolve of his side to mount their first successful Olympic qualifying campaign.

Anatomy of a bronze; Fulton’s charges play waiting game after epic 18-month rise

Anatomy of a bronze; Fulton’s charges play waiting game after epic 18-month rise

August 31, 2015 | 2,361 views | Leave a comment

And now the wait commences. October 25 is the date almost indelibly marked on the minds of the Irish hockey public after one of the most thrilling years for the sport.

O’Donoghue and Ireland buzzing for Euros

O’Donoghue and Ireland buzzing for Euros

August 20, 2015 | 875 views | Comments (1)

“There is still a buzz around the squad and the hockey community back home,” Shane O’Donoghue says of Ireland’s mood ahead of the European championships campaign.

Fear no factor as Irish Under-18s face Euro elite

Fear no factor as Irish Under-18s face Euro elite

July 17, 2015 | 1,043 views | Leave a comment

Andy Smyth says the fear factor that may have previously existed for Irish underage teams has diminished markedly off the back of the national senior team’s ability to mix it with the world’s top ten.

Shaw expects Irish panel to bounce back from Olympic agony and earn Euro promotion

Shaw expects Irish panel to bounce back from Olympic agony and earn Euro promotion

July 16, 2015 | 994 views | Comments (3)

Graham Shaw says he will only be making “tweaks” to the game plan implemented by Darren Smith in his first tournament as Irish senior women’s coach which gets underway on Saturday in Prague.

Mixing it with the professionals; funding key to push for world’s top ten

Mixing it with the professionals; funding key to push for world’s top ten

July 7, 2015 | 1,872 views | Leave a comment

Craig Fulton says that with proper financial support in place, Ireland’s men can push to become an established top ten side in the world following their fifth place finish in World League Round 3 in Antwerp.

Smith: Core materials for success in place in Ireland

Smith: Core materials for success in place in Ireland

June 25, 2015 | 1,080 views | Leave a comment

In a wide-ranging interview following his final game as Irish coach, Darren Smith speaks of his belief that Ireland’s women can push on and become a top ten ranked side with a more structured high performance vision with the elements in place for success

Dublin Uni “almost unrecognisable” as Trinity make push to up their level

Dublin Uni “almost unrecognisable” as Trinity make push to up their level

June 16, 2015 | 1,263 views | Comments (1)

Dublin University’s Stephen Ludgate says the club he played with last season is “almost unrecognisable” from the one he originally joined following a season of high achievement.

Gormley to become first Irishman to hit 200 caps

Gormley to become first Irishman to hit 200 caps

May 7, 2015 | 992 views | Leave a comment

Ronan Gormley is set to become the first Irish man to reach 200 international caps when he lines out for the national team against the Olympic champions, Germany, next Monday in Krefeld.

AUDIO: IHA Chief exec Heskin on where Irish hockey stands

AUDIO: IHA Chief exec Heskin on where Irish hockey stands

March 4, 2015 | 553 views | Leave a comment

Ahead of the Irish men’s departure to San Diego for the World League round two, Declan Hughes caught up with Mike Heskin to get his thoughts on where Irish hockey currently stands and the challenges ahead

AUDIO: Glens keen to test the best

AUDIO: Glens keen to test the best

February 4, 2015 | 415 views | Leave a comment

Glenanne coach Kieran Bolger told Declan Hughes it is important for his side to keep playing the best teams in order to get their standard to where they want to be; Declan also interviewed Hannah de Burgh Whyte, Paddy Conlon and Rory O’Donoghue

AUDIO: Ireland looking to build on Spain series

AUDIO: Ireland looking to build on Spain series

January 28, 2015 | 380 views | Leave a comment

Last Saturday, Declan Hughes spoke to Graham Shaw, Rory O’Donoghue, Anna O’Flanagan, Jonny Harte, Chloe Watkins, Gillian Pinder and Nikki Evans on behalf of Dublin City FM and The Hook about the latest club and international games

Wortmann hails Hermes’ “fully deserved draw”

Wortmann hails Hermes’ “fully deserved draw”

January 6, 2015 | 889 views | Leave a comment

Declan Hughes interviewed Railway Union’s Hannah de Burgh Whyte, UCD’s Jonathan Harte, Loreto’s Niall Denham and Hermes’ Rudi Wortmann following their key games in women’s Leinster Division One last weekend

Leinster hockey looks back on the highlights of 2014

Leinster hockey looks back on the highlights of 2014

December 31, 2014 | 794 views | Leave a comment

2014 proved a memorable year for Irish hockey from the club scene to a break-out year for the Irish women’s international team; Declan Hughes caught up with a number of members of the Leinster hockey community to get their highlights from the year gone by.

LHA seeking consensus over 2015/16 league structure; Inst’s Dumican proposes new IHL format

LHA seeking consensus over 2015/16 league structure; Inst’s Dumican proposes new IHL format

December 27, 2014 | 1,174 views | Leave a comment

In recent weeks, the Leinster Hockey Association held a meeting with the men’s clubs with a few to how the branch will organise leagues for the 2015/16 season in light of the IHA EGM vote for an expanded, “full-season” Irish Hockey League.

Audio: Dublin City FM’s Leinster hockey coverage

Audio: Dublin City FM’s Leinster hockey coverage

November 6, 2014 | 414 views | Leave a comment

Declan Hughes has been wracking up a series of interviews with some of the great and good from around the Leinster hockey scene and beyond for Dublin City 103.2FM’s coverage of the sport; check out some of his recent interviews

The Year in Review: Smith reflects on strong 2014

The Year in Review: Smith reflects on strong 2014

November 5, 2014 | 440 views | Leave a comment

By most statistics, 2014 was a particularly sweet one for Ireland’s Green Army. A silver medal at the Champions Challenge in Glasgow was certainly the highlight, especially when considered they entered the tournament as the seventh ranked side.

Former Irish captain Speers calls time on Ireland career

Former Irish captain Speers calls time on Ireland career

October 22, 2014 | 504 views | Leave a comment

Former Irish captain Alex Speers has retired from international hockey after eight years with the national set-up, encompassing 164 caps and 19 goals for the national side since making her debut in 2006.