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2015 year in review – DCFM interviews

2015 year in review – DCFM interviews

January 13, 2016 | 617 views | Leave a comment

Dublin City FM’s Declan Hughes interviewed David Bane, Gareth Watkins, Gillian Pinder, Stella Davis, Jonny Caren and David Fitzgerald about their hockey highlights for the year gone by; have a listen here

Rising Star’s Belgian experience helps raise the bar

Rising Star’s Belgian experience helps raise the bar

January 4, 2016 | 1,246 views | Leave a comment

Shane O’Donoghue speaks about his nomination for the FIH Rising Star of the Year award and how moving to Belgium to play professionally helped raise his game to a new level

The 10 most read Hook stories of 2015

The 10 most read Hook stories of 2015

January 1, 2016 | 1,292 views | Leave a comment

The 2015 year gone by will be remembered long into the future as the year the Irish men finally ended a lengthy wait for Olympic qualification and this is reflected in the most-read stories on The Hook.

VIDEO: Neville Cup final highlights

VIDEO: Neville Cup final highlights

December 28, 2015 | 1,557 views | Leave a comment

All the goals from Railway Union’s 4-3 win over Monkstown in the 2015 Neville Cup final at Serpentine Avenue

Russell and Wilson paint the NCAA Orange

Russell and Wilson paint the NCAA Orange

November 23, 2015 | 1,576 views | Leave a comment

Enniskerry’s Emma Russell and Antrim’s Zoe Wilson continued Ireland’s excellent recent run in the NCAA in the US as they helped Syracuse University to their first ever national title on Sunday evening.

Russell and Upton set for NCAA showdown

Russell and Upton set for NCAA showdown

November 19, 2015 | 1,991 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 | 2,882 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 | 2,883 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 | 3,778 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 | 1,721 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 | 1,503 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 | 1,132 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 | 2,560 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 | 1,359 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 | 1,389 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 | 2,410 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 | 1,342 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 | 894 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 | 1,112 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 | 1,025 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.