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
Ahead of the Olympic Games in Rio, here are some of the key facts and figures relating to the Irish men’s team as they look to make history after 108 years away from the elite event
The second man to pass the 200-cap mark, Eugene Magee has been a mainstay of the Irish midfield for over a decade since making his debut at 19 years-old.
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Ahead of the Rio Olympics, John Flack looks back at the 1990 World Cup in Lahore, Pakistan – the last time Ireland’s men played at a major tournament.
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.
In the absence of an Olympic ticket, “making gains” now is the key message for Irish women’s coach Graham Shaw as they use 2016 to build for a first World Cup shot since 2002 and beyond
Armagh have appointed Simon Toole as their new head coach, taking over from outgoing coach Niall McCool and will be immediately tasked with gaining promotion to the Ulster Premier League after their shock exit last time out.
Comeback kid John Jermyn is hopeful he can keep his out of office notice on beyond June 16 as he continues his return to the Irish men’s senior international panel.
David Harte added yet another incredible achievement to his already huge list of accolades as he became the first Irish player to win the Euro Hockey League, the world’s biggest club hockey competition.
Shane O’Donoghue signed off his two-year stint with KHC Dragons in style with a second successive Belgian league victory, seeing off Racing Club de Bruxelles 7-6 on aggregate over their two legged final.
Banbridge have their own potential Euro Hockey League qualification in their own hands as they travel to Glasgow this weekend for the EuroHockey Club Champions Trophy.