The Lisnagarvey stalwart has been one of the stand-out defenders for the last four years with the Irish team since making his debut in his mid-20s.
Nominated for the FIH Emerging Star of the Year, Shane O’Donoghue is one of the hottest properties on the world stage at the moment and the midfield lynch-pin around which much of the Irish game ticks.
One of the jokers in the team, Peter Caruth’s “ostrich” celebrations were one of the abiding images of the World League Round 3 success in Antwerp. It came in the wake of an absolute bullet of a goal in the 4-1 win over Malaysia that secured Olympic qualification.
One of the most prolific goalscorers of all-time on the Irish club scene, Alan Sothern fired home five times in the World League Round 3 in Antwerp, goals that ultimately qualified Ireland for the Olympic Games.
The versatile Chris Cargo can be used to great effect in both midfield and attack and has been a key part of the Irish panel since 2010
A teak-tough defender, usually in the central role alongside fellow twin tower Conor Harte, Paul Gleghorne is one of the best tacklers in the world game with an uncanny knack for nicking possession.
Mitch Darling is a diminutive forward who has been a central part of the Irish panel since 2009, playing in each of the major tournaments since then. Sprightly in front of goal, he is also famed for his work in transition at the head of the team’s press, organising from the front.
The comeback kid of the Irish selection, John Jermyn had not been part of the national squad since December 2012 before making his return to the selection in May this year.
Ireland’s captain and goalkeeper David Harte is the side’s star man, winning the 2015 FIH World Goalkeeper of the Year following an amazing year in which he won goalkeeper of the tournament at both the World League Round 3 and the European Championships.
A twin to goalkeeper and captain David Harte, Conor is a formidable sweeper with excellent concentration in the tackle and great vision to spray powerful passes from the back, either along the ground or via the aerial route.
When Michael Watt scored the winning goal against England in Dublin in 2014, it was not just the key moment in a first win over the auld enemy in 12 years. It made him the first non-penalty corner specialist to reach the 50-goals mark, indicative of his predatory instincts.
A tenacious defender usually found at left or right back, John Jackson was a key component of the Olympic qualifying campaign when they agonisingly fell just short of at the London Games.
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.
Ireland’s record caps holder, Ronan Gormley is one of the key leaders in the Irish panel. He has captained the side 121 times and been part of the panel for three Olympic qualification campaigns
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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.
With less than two weeks to go to Ireland’s first appearance at the Olympics in over a century, a number of clubs are hosting fan zones around Leinster to show their support for the boys in green!
Ireland’s schedule for the men’s and women’s 2017 EuroHockey Championships at the newly revamped Wagener Stadium in Amsterdam was confirmed yesterday by the EHF.
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.
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.
The Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI) and Hockey Ireland are delighted to announce the final men’s hockey squad to represent Team Ireland at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.