Debut: vs Germany, July 2013 (6-0 loss)
International goals: 4
Current club: Pembroke
Previous club: UCD, Southern Dogs (New Zealand)
School: Wesley College
A feverish bundle of energy in midfield, Kirk Shimmins burst onto the international scene in 2013 when still a teenager with a call-up to the European Championships squad despite just having three caps to his name.
Since then, he has been an ever-present in tournament panels, working as a perfect foil to Shane O’Donoghue, his lengthy runs helping facilitate a fast, counter-attacking style.
Those performances have helped Ireland’s run toward Olympic qualification and European bronze. Memorably, Shimmins won the penalty stroke in the last five seconds against England which O’Donoghue converted to secure the bronze medal in that 4-2 win.
He started playing hockey at the age of 11 with Pembroke and Wesley College with whom he won numerous schools titles while also playing cricket to representative level. He took up a scholarship with UCD with whom he played for a couple of seasons before returning to Pembroke.
For the last two seasons, Shimmins has headed south in August and September for the New Zealand Hockey League where he has played with the Southern Dogs regional team.