Shirley McCay  celebrates her goal with Ireland team-mate  Deirdre Duke during the Women’s World Cup Pool B game at Lee Valley Stadium in London. Photograph: Joe Toth/Inpho

Ireland went 2-0 up inside 12 minutes against the United States in London

Ireland captain Katie Mullan. Photo: PA

Irish women have prepared meticulously for hockey’s biggest stage

Shane Donoghue scored Ireland’s goal in their 2-1 defeat to the USA. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

John Bessell takes charge of Ireland side as they concede twice in final eight minutes

Ireland’s Shane O’Donoghue: is now six goals  shy of record-holder John Jermyn. Photograph: Inpho

Men’s senior international Test match: Shane O’Donoghue lands four goals in Saturday’s 6-1 win and he added another on Sunday in a(...)

Ireland coach Graham Shaw is confident that Megan Frazer will be fit for the World Cup. Photograph: Inpho

Frazer is recovering from a knee ligament injury

John Jermyn will play his final game for Ireland against France. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Thursday marks a fitting way to end the Cork native’s career at venue where it all began

Anna O’Flanagan, pictured in action against Canada, was on target in Ireland’s win over Germany. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Last minute goal gives Ireland Three Nations victory over Olympic bronze medalists

The Irish under-21 men have started off their US tour in style with  a 3-1 win over Japan at Yale

Natalie Esteves’ 14th-minute goal secures win over Ukraine’s MSC Sumchanka

Ireland will be the sixth-rated nation for EuroHockey Club Cup and eligible to stay in the top tier. Photograph: Inpho

Ireland’s place for 2019 looks assured for Loreto

 Conor Harte challenges Germany’s Johannes Grobe during Ireland’s 2-1 victory at Pembroke Wanderers Hockey Club in Dublin. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Goals from O’Donoghue and Nelson clinch 2-1 victory after draw in opening encounter

Three Rock Rovers players celebrate after their captain Jody Hosking fired home the winner with just 48 seconds from time  . Photograph:   Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Late goal from captain Jody Hosking sees his formidable side win sixth title of season

Women’s EY champions Loreto. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Late showing in last four leads to surprise wins over UCD and Cork

YMCA  will replace Railway Union in the top tier. Photograph: Inpho

Nervous YMCA survive late Bangor rally to win the provincial promotion playoff series

Pembroke Wanderers’ Alan Sothern: struck four times before half-time to build a 5-0 lead over  Cookstown. Photograph: Inpho

Victory over Cookstown lifts Pembroke in to fourth place ahead of Monkstown

Irish Senior Cup winners Three Rock Rovers have made  the EY Champions Trophy playoffs

Glenanne kept their nerve at the home of second-placed Lisnagarvey to win 4-2

UCD celebrate their Irish Senior Cup final win over Pegasus at Belfield. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Miles Warren praises his ‘transformed’ side as they make light work of Pegasus at Belfield

Due to refixtures the semi-finals and final of the women’s Senior Cup will take place this weekend. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

UCD face Loreto and Belfast Harlequins meet Pegasus in semis with final the following day

Three Rock Rovers’s Luke Madeley in action in Rotterdam. Photograph:  Frank Uijlenbroek

Painful 3-2 defeat to Saint Germain stops side achieving a first for an Irish hockey club

Glenanne’s Shane O’Donoghue in action for Ireland last year. O’Donoghue’s strike gave his side a victory over Railway Union. Photograph: Inpho/Presseye

Shane O’Donoghue’s one-handed finish yields narrow victory and nine-point lead at top

Loreto Foxrock celebrate with the trophy after their victory over St Andrew’s in the final of the Leinster Schoolgirls Hockey Senior Cup final at UCD. Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

First-half winner ends school’s 41-year long wait for glory

Mark English of Railway Union scored the winner in the game against Cookstown. Photograph: Inpho/Presseye

Splendid English strike against Cookstown seals victory in campaign to avoide relegation

 Ireland coach Craig Fulton’s focus  will now be  the   Sultan Azlan Shah tournament in March. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Side will be content with outcome of campaign after losing just one of their four games

Ireland head coach Craig Fulton: his side beat 11th-ranked Canada in the Five Nations Invitational Tournament in Malaga. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Craig Fulton’s side conceded first goal but rallied to secure comfortable 4-1 victory

Shane O’Brien provided the heroics in the Neville Cup final. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Goalkeeper Shane O’Brien the hero as victory snatched from the grasp of Pembroke

Neil Lyons of Three Rock Rovers and Eddie O’Malley of Glenanne. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

3-2 victory moves Glens three points ahead of Three Rock Rovers with a game in hand

YMCA beat  Annadale in the Irish Senior Cup. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Cold weather wreaks havoc with five of the eight cup fixtures called off

 Peter Caruth:  lashed his stick in frustration into the fencing at the Merrion Fleet Arena. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Olympian will not now travel with Ireland for series against the Netherlands

Shane O’Donoghue: On Sunday his rocket in the 53rd minute completed the result on a day when both goalkeepers  shone with multiple saves. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Railway Union’s lack of cutting edge meant it was always going to be a hard work for them

Pembroke’s Alan Sothern:  the Olympian’s double make it nine goals for the campaign. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Three Rock Rovers arrest mini-slump with comfortable 3-1 success over Monkstown

Luke Madeley of Three Rock in action against James Lorimer of Lisnagarvey during the Irish Senior Cup last year. Photo: Rowland White/Inpho

Full round of league matches will be played on Saturday with Irish Senior Cup first round on Sunday

Lisnagarvey player James Lorimer in action during his side’s 4-2 win over Monkstown. Photograph: Presseye/Rowland White/Inpho

Champions Three Rock Rovers give newly promoted Annadale a rude awakening

Raise in expenses agreed with further meetings to come to discuss conditions

Luke Madeley scored five times as Ireland thrashed Portugal 11-2. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Women’s clash with Spain can’t take place after virus strikes home side’s camp

Ireland U-21s scored late to salage a point against Austria. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ireland throw away two-goal lead before Dale salvages a draw at the death in Valencia

UCD’s Abbie Russell (left): went close to scoring in Ireland’s European Under-21 Championships match against France. Photograph: Inpho

Dave Passmore’s side concede late goal in the European Under-21 Championships in Valencia

Ireland’s men and women under-21s teams were left disappointed in Valencia. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Germany dispatched the men’s side while the women fell to England

Alan Sothern netted for Ireland as they overcame Austria. Photo: Inpho

A late Austrian equaliser gave Ireland a scare but they held out to relegate their opponents

 Maialen Garcia  of Spain in action during the Women’s EuroHockey Championships  classification match against Ireland at Amstelveen in Amsterdam. Photograph: Koen Suyk/EPA

Graham Shaw’s side stay up despite losing heavily to Spain

Ireland goalkeeper David Harte attempts to block  Spain’s Quique Gonzalez during the Men’s EuroHockey Championships in Amsterdam. Photograph: Koen Suyk/EPA

Goalkeeper’s stunning performance leaves men requiring result against Austria

 Roisín Upton  and Deirdre Duke  celebrate a goal against the Czech Republic in the European Championship clash in  Amstelveen. Photograph: Sander Koning/EPA

Crucial game against Spain on Saturday will decide relegation fate

Matthew Nelson gave Ireland a 1-0 half-time lead against England in the  Rabo EuroHockey Championships  in Amsterdam. Photograph:  Sander Koning/AFP/Getty Images

Matthew Nelson had given boys in green a half-time lead in Amsterdam

Nike Lorenz of Germany celebrates with teammates after scoring against Ireland. Photograph: Getty Images

Defeat leaves Ireland in relegation pool of the Rabo EuroHockey Nations Championships

Matthew Bell during Ireland’s 7-1 win over Poland in Amsterdam. Photograph: Koen Suyk/Inpho

Record victory leaves Ireland needing a draw or better reach European Championships

Ireland’s  Seán Murray celebrates his goal against Germany during the Men’s EuroHockey Championships  in Amsterdam. Photograph: Sander Koning/EPA

Craig Fulton’s side hold the Olympic bronze medallists to a draw in Amsterdam

 Ireland’s Róisín Upton  in action against   Scotland’s Alison Howie during the Women’s Hockey Rabo EuroHockey Championships  in Amstelveen, Netherlands. Photograph: Robin van Lonkhuijsen/AFP/Getty Images

Graham Shaw’s side need to beat Germany to avoid relegation

Goalscorer  Alan Sothern (centre) celebrates the win over New Zealand and World Cup qualification with his Ireland team-mates Stuart Loughrey (left) and Shane O’Donoghue in Johannesburg. Photograph:   Jan Kruger/Getty Images for FIH

Men’s side qualify for India 2018 thanks to first ever win over New Zealand

Lizzie Colvin of Ireland celebrates with her team mates after beating India at Wits University in Johannesburg, South Africa. Photograph: Getty Images

It earned a seventh place finish for Ireland, one rank above their pre-tournament rating

 The Ireland team celebrate winning their  penalty shootout during the 5th-8th place play-off against France. Photograph: Jan Kruger/Getty Images for FIH

Today’s nail-biting victory over France should be enough for Irish men

 Lisa-Marie Deetlefs of South Africa celebrates her goal during the 5th/8th place play-off match between South Africa and Ireland at Wits University. Photograph: Jan Kruger/Getty Images for FIH)

Today’s defeat ends Irish hopes of direct qualification for next year’s World Cup

Ireland’s Matthew Bell after his side’s defeat to Spain. Photograph: Jan Kruger/Getty

Inspired performance from goalkeeper Quico Cortes the difference in Johannesburg

Argentina celebrate Julia Gomes’s goal during their 2-1 win over Ireland. Photograph: Jan Kruger/Getty

Graham Shaw’s side edged out in Hockey World League quarter in Johannesburg

Martin Zwicker of Germany celebrates scoring a goal against Germany in Johannesburg, South Africa. Photograph: Getty Images

Hockey World League Semi-Final: They play Spain on Wednesday for World Cup spot

Ireland’s Anna O’Flanagan on the ball during her side’s defeat to England. Photograph: Jan Kruger/Getty

Graham Shaw’s side edged out in final Hockey World League group fixture

Shane O’Donoghue of Ireland celebrates scoring against Egypt at Wits University in Johannesburg, South Africa. Photograph: Getty Images

Hockey World League Semi-Final: Ireland struggle against unfancied Egyptian team

Nicola Evans of Ireland celebrates scoring their teams first goal with Deirdre Duke of Ireland during day three of the FIH Hockey World League Semi Finals Pool A match between Ireland and Poland at Wits University in Johannesburg, South Africa. Photo: Jan Kruger/Getty Images for FIH

Goals from Evans and Pinder gave Graham Shaw’s side a 2-0 win over Poland

Cedric Charlier of Belgium celebrates scoring against Ireland at Wits University in Johannesburg, South Africa. Photograph: Jan Kruger/Getty Images for FIH

Red Lions of Belgium prove too good, thoughts now turn to Egypt on Thursday

 Cecile Pieper of Germany and Shirley McCay of Ireland battle for possession during day 2 of the FIH Hockey World League Semi Finals Pool A match  at Wits University  in Johannesburg. Photograph: Jan Kruger/Getty Images for FIH

Graham Shaw said 40-second countdown clock not observed before final penalty corner

Shane O’Donoghue of Ireland celebrates his goal with team mates during day 1 of the FIH Hockey World League semi finals Pool B match against South Africa in Johannesburg, South Africa. Photo: Jan Kruger/Getty Images for FIH

Meanwhile, the women’s team opened up their campaign with a 1-1 draw against Japan

 Anna O’Flanagan of Ireland is challenged by Japan’s Mami Ichitani during her side’s 1-1 draw in Johannesburg. Photograph: Jan Kruger/Getty

Rosin Upton puts Graham Shaw’s side in front before Shihori Oikawa’s equaliser

The highly experienced Ronan Gormley is unavailable for Ireland’s World League semi-final campaign. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Side has had immaculate run of form in 2017 but will enter contest missing key players

Ireland captain  Katie Mullan: “I think the biggest thing we can take from the 2015 World League is a realisation of how different we are now as a squad.” Photograph: Inpho

Ireland meet Japan on Saturday morning in the first of four group games at the World League semi-final

Conor Harte: the vastly experienced defender has overcome a knock to take his place in the Irish men’s squad bound for Johannesberg. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Experienced defender on board as Ireland bid to secure place in 2018 World Cup

Conor Harte is part of an Ireland squad that will travel out to the tournament in great shape.

Defender will travel to World Cup qualifying event next month

Shirley McCay and Katie Mullan goals give Ireland a 2-1 win

Ireland goalkeeper David Harte helped his club side SV Kampong to a first Dutch title in 32 years. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Ireland goalkeeper delivers stunning final performance to secure first title in 32 years

Ireland’s David Harte is on the brink of becoming the first Irish person to win the Hoofdklasse. Photo: Inpho

He previously became the first Irish player to win the Euro Hockey League in 2016

 Ireland’s Deirdre Duke and Dalila Mirabella of Italy: The UCD skipper   is back on the Irish senior women’s panel after leading her club to a treble. Photograph:  Rowland White/Presseye/INPHO

Several changes made to World League Round 2 winning team ahead of US trip

 UCD players celebrate  beating Hermes-Monkstown in a penalty shootout to win EY Women’s Champions Trophy Final. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

In-form goalkeeper records clean sheets in shootouts in both semi and final of contest

Monkstown’s David Carson challenges  David Kane of Three Rock Rovers. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Mitch Darling wonder goal secures victory over Monkstown at Grange Road

Banbridge’s  Matthew Bell in action against  Christophe Peters-Deutz and Jean-Laurent Kieffer of Racing Club de France   at HC Oranje-Rood.  Photograph:  Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images

Shoot-out defeat to Racing Club particularly painful experience for Banbridge

Banbridge and Three Rock Rovers are neck and neck after 17 matches. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Busy week takes its toll on Co Down side while Three Rock continue their dominance

Banbridge’s Johnny McKee in action against Monkstown in the Irish Hockey Men’s Senior Cup Final, at UCD, Dublin, in which he scored one goal for his side. Photograph:  Paul Walsh/Inpho

Co Down side keep treble hopes alive after Monkstown fail to rattle Mark Tumilty’s men

UCD celebrate winning the Irish Senior Cup final. Photograph: Paul Walsh/Inpho

Deirdre Duke’s goal two minutes from time denies Cork Harlequins in close contest

Shane O’Donoghue scored goals against both Wales and France over the weekend in the World League. Photograph: Rowland White/Inpho.

Shoot-out win over France in final adds to earlier qualification for next round of World League

Ireland’s Zoe Wilson in action against Spain in an international friendly last summer. Photograph: Rowland White/Presseye/Inpho

Graham Shaw admits timing not ideal as side make long-awaited return to action

Banbridge’s Eugene Magee was on target in the 4-0 victory over Railway Union. Photograph: Rowland White/Presseye/Inpho

Mark Tumilty’s side return to the top of the men’s EY Hockey League as Monkstown lose

Simon Todd scores four as outsiders are one of three regional teams in quarter-finals

Tie of round six was the 5-5 draw between Glenanne and UCD in Tallaght

Ben Walker struck with less than 90 seconds remaining to land St Andrew’s their sixth Subway All-Ireland Schoolboys Championship title. Photograph: Inpho

Banbridge Academy were given hope with two goals from Jake Rowe

Dutch club Oranje-Rood will host the KO16 phase of the European Hockey League in April.

Ulster clubs hope to build on momentum of successful hosting of Round 1 at Havelock Park

The Ireland team dejected, leave the field after losing to Argentina. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

‘I hope we’ve raised profile of Irish hockey. Because this team has sacrificed a lot’

Ronan Gormley of Ireland in action against Canada. Photo: Sergio Moraes/Inpho

Winners of Friday night’s clash in Rio will advance to the quarter-finals. The losers go home

Ireland’s Chris Cargo in action against   Sander Baart of the Netherlands. Photograph:  Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Craig Fulton’s side taught a harsh lesson by the world’s number two hockey side

Anna O’Flanagan: four goals in two games. Photograph: Rowland White/INPHO/Presseye

Anna O’Flanagan scores four goals in two days as Ireland beat Scotland and Belgium

This is the first Irish team of any description to compete in the Olympics Games since their basketballing counterparts of 1948. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho.

Craig Fulton’s side hoping to make their mark on the biggest of stages

Ireland’s Timothy Cockram and Billy Bakker of the Netherlands during their Olympic warm-up match at the Mardyke. Photo: Inpho

It was the third game in three days and sixth in eight for the men’s hockey side

Craig Fulton’s side ended their Six Nations series in Valencia with a 2-0 loss to Germany. Photograph: Getty

Craig Fulton’s side without a win but much improved ahead of the Olympics

Ireland’s Michael Watt in action against  Gabriel Ho-Garcia of Canada during the  Olympic warm-up game at Trinity College Sports Grounds in Santry. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Ireland coach Craig Fulton confirms he will cut Olympic panel this week

Craig Fulton will use the same 27-man panel for this series with this tournament marking the last set of fixtures before a reduction to 20 players takes place in the next 10 days or so. Photograph: Inpho

Hockey team faces Canada at Stormont on Thursday in the first of four matches

Women’s senior international Test match: Graham Shaw’s side follow up wins over Korea and India – both with tickets to Rio

Ireland’s Paul Gleghorne competes with  Namyong Lee and Hyosik You of Korea Olympic hockey warm-up at  Merrion Fleet Arena, Rathdown School, Dublin. Photograph: Inpho

Craig Fulton’s side overcome world number nine side with ease in their latest Olympic warm-up tie.

Ireland head coach Craig Fulton: will hope funding news will help his players relax, knowing that their expenses will be covered. Photograph: Inpho

Coach Craig Fulton’s side face Korea four times following completion of their first month of a full-time programme ahead of Rio Ga(...)

At 106 years of age, Dorothea Findlater (née de Courcy Wheeler) is the oldest living Irish hockey international. She won her first Ireland call-up in 1936. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Ireland’s oldest international, Dorothea Findlater, has fond memories of epic US trip

Hermes players celebrate with the trophy. Photo: Inpho

A late Sinead Loughran goal killed off the game with four minutes to play

Lisnagarvey’s Daniel Buser scores. Photo: Inpho

It was their 18th consecutive win in the EYHL, backing up their incredible campaign

Lisnagarvey’s Timothy Cockram battles with Kyle Good of Monkstown during the Irish Senior Cup final at the National Hockey Stadium at Belfield. Photograph: Tommy Grealy/Inpho

Late equaliser paves thle way for an exciting victory over Lisnagarvey on penalties

Loreto’s victory saw them secure the Jacqui Potter Cup for the first time since 2004. Photo: Reuters

Jessica McGirr’s vital strike proves enough to secure glory for league champions

Belfast school pip Crescent of Limerick on goal difference

Rudi Wortmann: “Ards have grown in the league, and are serious contenders for a place in this final. ” Photograph: INPHO

Second semi-final is repeat of Saturday’s EY league tie when Ulster Elks beat UCD 3-1

 Lisnagarvey’s Richard Arneill and Banbridge’s Peter Brown  compete for the ball in their EY Men’s Hockey League clash which Lisnagarvey won 4-0. Photograph: Rowland White/Presseye/Inpho

Queen’s crash out of indoor club challenge after finishing seventh in Bulgaria

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