International Tournament

Olympic biographies – Jonathan Bell

Olympic biographies – Jonathan Bell

August 3, 2016 | 580 views | Leave a comment

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.

Olympic biographies – Shane O’Donoghue

Olympic biographies – Shane O’Donoghue

August 3, 2016 | 855 views | Leave a comment

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.

Olympic biographies – Peter Caruth

Olympic biographies – Peter Caruth

August 3, 2016 | 606 views | Leave a comment

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.

Olympic biographies – Alan Sothern

Olympic biographies – Alan Sothern

August 3, 2016 | 656 views | Leave a comment

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.

Olympic biographies – Chris Cargo

Olympic biographies – Chris Cargo

August 3, 2016 | 498 views | Leave a comment

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

Olympic biographies – Paul Gleghorne

Olympic biographies – Paul Gleghorne

August 3, 2016 | 486 views | Leave a comment

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.

Olympic biographies – Mitch Darling

Olympic biographies – Mitch Darling

August 3, 2016 | 738 views | Leave a comment

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.

Olympic biographies – John Jermyn

Olympic biographies – John Jermyn

August 3, 2016 | 943 views | Leave a comment

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.

Olympic biographies – David Harte

Olympic biographies – David Harte

August 3, 2016 | 576 views | Leave a comment

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.

Olympic biographies – Conor Harte

Olympic biographies – Conor Harte

August 3, 2016 | 762 views | Leave a comment

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.

Olympic biographies – Michael Watt

Olympic biographies – Michael Watt

August 3, 2016 | 664 views | Leave a comment

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.

Olympic biographies – John Jackson

Olympic biographies – John Jackson

August 3, 2016 | 464 views | Leave a comment

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.

Olympic biographies – Eugene Magee

Olympic biographies – Eugene Magee

August 3, 2016 | 548 views | Leave a comment

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.

Olympic biographies – Ronan Gormley

Olympic biographies – Ronan Gormley

August 3, 2016 | 698 views | Leave a comment

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

Flying with drunken angels, riot police, dodgy curry, potent 7-Up and spotless trainers as Irish play a lament in Lahore

Flying with drunken angels, riot police, dodgy curry, potent 7-Up and spotless trainers as Irish play a lament in Lahore

August 3, 2016 | 1,187 views | Leave a comment

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.

Olympic Fanzones – where to watch Ireland in action!

Olympic Fanzones – where to watch Ireland in action!

July 25, 2016 | 1,348 views | Leave a comment

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!

Both Irish sides face tough start at 2017 Euros

Both Irish sides face tough start at 2017 Euros

July 21, 2016 | 648 views | Leave a comment

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.

Cargo travels unexpected route to Irish selection as late Ulster call proves seminal

Cargo travels unexpected route to Irish selection as late Ulster call proves seminal

July 19, 2016 | 1,561 views | Leave a comment

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.

Four years weight lifted as Olympic ticket becomes reality for Magee and Irish final panel

Four years weight lifted as Olympic ticket becomes reality for Magee and Irish final panel

July 11, 2016 | 1,045 views | Leave a comment

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.

Irish men’s Olympic squad confirmed

Irish men’s Olympic squad confirmed

July 11, 2016 | 2,224 views | Leave a comment

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.