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Russell and Upton set for NCAA showdown

Russell and Upton set for NCAA showdown

November 19, 2015 | 1,971 views | Leave a comment

Former Old Alex and Hermes starlet Emma Russell will line out against Limerick’s Roisin Upton on Friday afternoon bidding to take another big step closer to the NCAA crown in the semi-final of the US university competition.

Heskin steps away from Hockey Ireland for new role

Heskin steps away from Hockey Ireland for new role

November 17, 2015 | 2,866 views | Leave a comment

Mike Heskin will move on from the role as Hockey Ireland chief executive to a new post as Director of Sport at NUIG, it was announced today.

Merrion Fleet Arena cuts the ribbon at Rathdown

Merrion Fleet Arena cuts the ribbon at Rathdown

November 10, 2015 | 2,870 views | Leave a comment

Rathdown and Monkstown’s Merrion Fleet Arena was formally opened to great fanfare and decent crowds last Sunday despite a heavy downpour of rain.

OPINION: When is a ban not a ban?

OPINION: When is a ban not a ban?

November 9, 2015 | 3,765 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 | 1,717 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 | 1,501 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.

Gray retires from international hockey

Gray retires from international hockey

October 22, 2015 | 1,114 views | Leave a comment

Emma Gray has become the third player from the Irish senior women’s team to formally retire from the international side in the wake of narrowly missing out on the Olympic Games, following Emma Smyth and Kate Dillon.

Irish legend David Judge passes away at 79

Irish legend David Judge passes away at 79

October 18, 2015 | 2,525 views | Comments (2)

David Judge, one of the giants of Irish hockey, passed away at the age of 79 on Saturday afternoon following an incredible life in the sport.

Portrane return to home to the peninsula after lengthy wait

Portrane return to home to the peninsula after lengthy wait

September 29, 2015 | 1,338 views | Comments (1)

Portrane Hockey Club finally got to formally open their superb new water-based pitch in the heart of Donabate, bringing hockey back to the north Dublin peninsula after nearly 20 years of a nomadic existence.

Shimmins links up with Southern Dogs in NZ

Shimmins links up with Southern Dogs in NZ

September 10, 2015 | 1,376 views | Leave a comment

Kirk Shimmins will be looking to carry his form from the European Championships into the New Zealand Hockey League as he renews his link with the Southern Dogs.

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 | 2,403 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.

Wilson and McFerran big coups for US college system

Wilson and McFerran big coups for US college system

August 24, 2015 | 1,325 views | Leave a comment

Zoe Wilson and Ayeisha McFerran are among the marquee additions to the Irish abroad in the US as they link up with Syracuse University and the Louisville Cardinals for the upcoming college season which gets under way this week.

O’Donoghue and Ireland buzzing for Euros

O’Donoghue and Ireland buzzing for Euros

August 20, 2015 | 891 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 | 1,082 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 | 1,894 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 | 1,119 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 | 1,324 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 | 1,033 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 | 574 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