Interviews

O’Donoghue and Ireland buzzing for Euros

O’Donoghue and Ireland buzzing for Euros

August 20, 2015 | 890 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 | 1,078 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 | 1,016 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 | 1,891 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 | 1,114 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 | 1,321 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 | 1,030 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 | 573 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 | 433 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 | 398 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 | 1,025 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 | 802 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 | 1,198 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 | 431 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 | 455 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 | 540 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.

Harte looking for Kampong to step up in EHL

Harte looking for Kampong to step up in EHL

October 9, 2014 | 457 views | Leave a comment

“The Big Man” David Harte is looking for his Kampong side to make amends after a bittersweet debut season in the Euro Hockey League last time around.

IHL decision: clubs vote in favour of single tier, full-season Irish Hockey League

IHL decision: clubs vote in favour of single tier, full-season Irish Hockey League

October 5, 2014 | 1,850 views | Comments (4)

Hockey will enter a new era on the island next September with the introduction of a season-long Irish Hockey League for the first time, following the IHA EGM vote in the Stillorgan Park Hotel.

IHL debate: serious questions need to be addressed by IHA

IHL debate: serious questions need to be addressed by IHA

October 3, 2014 | 1,447 views | Comments (1)

Dutchman Arjen Van As gives a very interesting perspective of what an increased Irish Hockey League needs to address; he has lived in Ireland for the past three years, playing with Three Rock for two seasons before linking up with Rathgar’s first team this year

IHL expansion debate – voices from around the provinces

IHL expansion debate – voices from around the provinces

October 2, 2014 | 991 views | Comments (1)

IUCHA’s Chris Blaney, Banbridge’s Paddy Grimes, UCC’s Shrew Power, Inst’s Andrew Corry, Bandon’s Ali Smith, Pembroke’s David Harvey, Greenfields’ Deirdre McDermott and Lisnagarvey’s Mark Raphael give their thoughts on the proposed expansion of the Irish Hockey League