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Meredith: Irish “model has to change” in current economic climate

Meredith: Irish “model has to change” in current economic climate

June 23, 2013 | 183 views | Comments (36)

Andrew Meredith believes that an overhaul of the current Irish senior men’s training setup is needed with elite players being encouraged back to Ireland from their foreign bases if the side is to be able to thrive in the current economic environment.

Business of international hockey a welcome surprise for Railway’s Dillon

Business of international hockey a welcome surprise for Railway’s Dillon

June 21, 2013 | 525 views | Comments (1)

Kate Dillon is finding life a whole lot busier since finally being called up to the central panel of the Irish senior women’s hockey team.

Symmons ready for landmark 200th cap as Canada come to visit Belfield

Symmons ready for landmark 200th cap as Canada come to visit Belfield

June 20, 2013 | 271 views | Comments (7)

Nikki Symmons will become the first Irish woman in any team sport to amass 200 caps tomorrow when the national hockey team takes on Canada as preparations continue for August’s European championships.

Maguire ready for “highest calibre” tournament of career

Maguire ready for “highest calibre” tournament of career

June 12, 2013 | 126 views | Comments (2)

Phelie Maguire admits that thoughts did persist that he might “not realistically get another chance” of playing in a top level tournament but he is now looking to shine having enjoyed a new lease of life in green since Andrew Meredith took the coaching reins.

Harte speaks up for Mental Health Awareness month

Harte speaks up for Mental Health Awareness month

May 23, 2013 | 227 views | Leave a comment

Getting young people talking is the message for young stars from Irish goalkeeper David Harte following the recent Mental Health Awareness month as they cope with the emotional rollercoaster that comes with the sporting life.

Boyles honoured for at Ulster Hockey awards after over 25 years at the top

Boyles honoured for at Ulster Hockey awards after over 25 years at the top

May 23, 2013 | 182 views | Comments (5)

Former Irish Captain Arlene Boyles was last night recognised for her contribution to the game when she was presented with the prestigious Winifred Templeton Award.

Charlene’s Project going from strength to strength

Charlene’s Project going from strength to strength

May 8, 2013 | 216 views | Leave a comment

Last summer, Charlene’s Project travelled from Ireland with half a ton of hockey sticks, balls and kit to Uganda. A year on, the incredible Barr family looks set to make the same journey with double that amount of gear.

Meredith to offer creative solutions as Irish men lock targets on world’s top ten

Meredith to offer creative solutions as Irish men lock targets on world’s top ten

December 15, 2012 | 177 views | Comments (2)

New Irish coach Andrew Meredith has revealed himself revealed himself to be a former art director and lover of graphic design — his method of switching off from “a hotel room that looks like NASA” when he’s away at hockey tournaments.

Revington rebuffs IHA overspend claims

Revington rebuffs IHA overspend claims

December 13, 2012 | 100 views | Comments (3)

Former Irish men’s senior coach Paul Revington has hit back at suggestions that he and his management team were the root cause of a €37,500 overspend that almost saw Ireland withdraw from the Champions Challenge I.

Heskin lays out challenges for Irish hockey in 2013

Heskin lays out challenges for Irish hockey in 2013

December 7, 2012 | 288 views | Comments (7)

While Wednesday’s budget saw sport not suffer the forecast cuts of 5pc, Irish Hockey chief executive Mike Heskin did warn that hockey will have a serious fight for funding in 2013.

Smith facing hectic lead-in to new Irish job

Smith facing hectic lead-in to new Irish job

November 29, 2012 | 222 views | Leave a comment

Life looks set to be get pretty hectic for new Irish senior women’s coach Darren Smith before he formally takes on the new post on January 25, 2013.

Quiet heroes of senior squads step away after huge service to Irish hockey

Quiet heroes of senior squads step away after huge service to Irish hockey

October 23, 2012 | 337 views | Comments (8)

While two head coaches moved on from the senior international setups during the summer to different amounts of fanfare, the retirements of managers Peter Jackson and Sally-Ann Fanagan were quieter affairs.

Irish 16 gearing up to conference playoffs

Irish 16 gearing up to conference playoffs

October 23, 2012 | 338 views | Comments (1)

With conference finals kicking into gear in the coming days, the 16 Irish players abroad continue to set the tone for a number of the major universities as the NCAA championships get ever closer.

Kirkland and Passmore step down from key IHA roles

Kirkland and Passmore step down from key IHA roles

July 12, 2012 | 176 views | Comments (3)

Five IHA posts are now looking for new full-time inhabitants after chief executive Angus Kirkland and high performance director Dave Passmore both stepped down from their respective roles.

Revington position reached “point of no return”

Revington position reached “point of no return”

July 6, 2012 | 117 views | Comments (3)

Paul Revington did not wish to elaborate but admitted his tenure had reached “the point of no return”, leading to his departure from the Irish senior men’s coaching role, he told The Hook

Maguire signs up to World Series of Hockey

Maguire signs up to World Series of Hockey

October 26, 2011 | 140 views | Comments (4)

Phelie Maguire has confirmed to The Hook that he has signed a contract with the World Series of Hockey, the controversial new Indian competition which tips off on December 17 and runs until January 22, 2012.

Trophy-magnet Giles hangs up Irish jersey

Trophy-magnet Giles hangs up Irish jersey

September 29, 2011 | 313 views | Comments (1)

While it was one of the shorter international careers, Alan Giles’ two and a half tenure with the national side was one of the more interesting stories with the announcement of his retirement depriving Paul Revington of a “rabbit’s foot”.

Metchette conducts first major international final

Metchette conducts first major international final

September 11, 2011 | 316 views | Comments (6)

The Hook caught up with umpire Carol Metchette following her call-up to officiate in the final of the European Championships final between the Netherlands and Germany in Monchengladbach in August.

Fitzgerald bides time for major Euro call-up

Fitzgerald bides time for major Euro call-up

August 11, 2011 | 509 views | Comments (7)

As the oldest of the three premier goalkeepers in Paul Revington’s extended Irish men’s squad, getting selected for the European championships has been part of a growing experience for Dave Fitzgerald.

Centurion Becuwe targets ‘important’ French victories

Centurion Becuwe targets ‘important’ French victories

July 8, 2011 | 114 views | Comments (3)

Frenchman Arnaud Becuwe is hoping his side can maintain their hoodoo over the Irish in major tournaments though he has a certain empathy for the boys in green having lived the past year with Mikey Watt and Geoff McCabe