Shirley McCay opens the scoring for Ireland in the FIH Women’s Series semi-final against the Czech Republic at  Banbridge Hockey Club. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Ireland 4 Czech Republic 0 Shirley McCay’s trademark “skipper” strike set Ireland on course for a big 4-0 win over the Czech Republic in their semi-f(...)

In the news: some of the headline-makers of 2018

Answer all 100 questions in our special Christmas Quiz to be in with a chance of winning one of the following prizes: 1st prize: One night (...)

 UCD’s Bethany Barr in action with Stephanie Thompson of Pegasus.  Barr is among the four new players to be featured in the Ireland squad for a five-day training camp in Spain. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Twin sisters Bethany and Serena Barr are among the four new names to feature in the 28-player Irish panel named by Graham Shaw for a five-day training(...)

Ireland captain  Katie Mullan in action against Spain. She will play this season  in Germany with reigning champions Club an der Alster.  Photograph: Rowland White/Inpho/Presseye

While the domestic league is still almost a month away, five of Ireland’s World Cup silver medalists start their new club seasons this weekend – much (...)

Lena Tice, captain Katie Mullan and Deirdre Duke, who recently won a silver medal in the Hockey World Cup. Photograph: Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

Deirdre Duke has become the latest World Cup star to be snapped up by a professional club as the striker confirmed she would join Düsseldorfer Hockey (...)

Ireland’s squad celebrate with their silver medals  after the FIH Women’s Hockey World Cup defeat to the Netherlands at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre. Photograph:  Paul Harding/PA Wire

Netherlands 6 Ireland 0 A ruthless Dutch performance meant that Ireland’s groundbreaking run to the World Cup final ended with a tough 6-0 defeat to (...)

Ireland celebrate their World Cup semi-final win over Spain in London. Photograph: Christopher Lee/Getty

And then all of a sudden it became preposterous. A crushed Spanish side, sullen and disbelieving, fell into wordless heaps in the middle of the pitch (...)

Ireland celebrate their penalty shoot-out  win over Spain in London. Photograph: Sandra Mailer/Inpho

Ireland 1 (A O’Flanagan) Spain 1 (A Magaz) (Ireland win 3-2 on penalties after sudden death) Gillian Pinder propelled Irish team sport into a whole n(...)

Chloe Watkins under pressure from Indian goalkeeper Savita ahead of scoring Ireland’s  winning goal in the quarter-final  shootout during the World Cup quarter-final  at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre in  London. Photograph: Kate McShane/Getty Images

Women's Hockey World Cup semi-final: Ireland v Spain, Lee Valley Stadium, London, Saturday 2.0 (Live RTÉ2/BT Sport) The Irish hockey bandwagon rolls(...)

Ireland prepare to take a penalty corner. Photograph:  Steven Paston/PA

The Pitch Water-based synthetic. It should be soaked so players can dive for shots and not get rashered by friction burns. They get lightly rashered (...)

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