Victory over Pembroke on Saturday lifts Banbridge to a three-way share of second place in the EY Hockey League table. Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Stephen Dowds’s twin strikes in the closing five minutes saw Banbridge inflict even more pain on Pembroke on Saturday evening, as they fell to a third(...)

Ireland players and staff celebrate after they beat England 4-2 to win the bronze medal  at the EuroHockey Nations Championship at the Lee Valley  Centre in London London.  Photograph:  Simon Cooper/PA

Ireland 4 England 2 Making history, the recurring mantra of the Irish senior men’s team. An incredible year for the team was capped with the biggest (...)

Peter Caruth celebrates scoring Ireland’s second goal during the World Hockey League fifth-place play-off against Malaysia in Antwerp. Photograph: Koen Suyk/Inpho

Ireland 4 Malaysia 1 An impeccable 4-1 win over Malaysia put Ireland in the best possible position to qualify for the Olympic Games for the fi(...)

Alan Sothern scored the winning goal as Ireland defeated Pakistan at the World Hockey League semi-final fifth to eighth place play-offs in Antwerp. Photograph:  Frank Uijlenbroek/Inpho

Ireland 1 Pakistan 0 Alan Sothern’s 46th-minute goal moved Ireland within touching distance of Olympic qualification as they saw off Pakistan 1(...)

Ireland’s Peter Caruth ships a heavy tackle during the World League Round 3 quarter-final game  against Australia in Antwerp. Photograph: Frank Uijlenbroek/Inpho

Australia 4 Ireland 1 Ireland’s first potential route to the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 was firmly closed in Antwerp on Wednesday (...)

Alan Sothern scored three as Ireland stuffed China 6-0 in Antwerp. Photograph: Inpho

Ireland 6 China 0 Ireland kept their hopes of qualification for the Rio Olympics alive as they routed China 6-0 in their World League clash in Antwerp(...)

Ireland goalkeeper David Harte: one of 11 players in the panel who narrowly missed out on qualification for London 2012. Photograph: Inpho.

It is the turn of the Irish men this week to attempt to qualify for the Rio Olympics as they begin their World League round three campaign in Antwerp (...)

Ireland’s Ronan Gormley: earned his 200th cap in Krefeld. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Ireland 2 (A Sothern 2) Germany 3 (C Ruhr, C Zeller, F Fuchs) Two goals in the closing four minutes saw Olympic champions Germany spoil Ronan Gormley’(...)

The first tie with the Olympic champions will also see Alan Sothern make his 100th Ireland appearance. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

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 champio(...)

Ireland’s men’s hockey coach Craig Fulton in his playing days: he will be hoping the team secure qualification for the Olympics. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Ireland concluded their South African tour with a pair of losses against world number five side Belgium, falling 3-0 on Saturday and 7-2 on Sunday in(...)