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 (...)

 Ireland players celebrate following the  victory over India in the Pool B group game of the  World Cup at Lee Valley  Centre  in London, England. Photograph:  Harriet Lander/Getty Images

Women’s Hockey World Cup Quarter-Finals (both at Lee Valley, London) – Ireland v India, 6pm; England v Netherlands, 8.15pm Manager Arlene Boyles ha(...)

Ireland’s Yvonne O’Byrne  turns away from Jo Hunter of England during the Pool B game. Photograph: Christopher Lee/Getty Images

Ireland's women's hockey edged out India 3-1 in a shootout on Thursday which gave them a World Cup semi-final spot.  Graham Shaw's sid(...)

Ireland’s Anna O’Flanagan celebrates her goal against India with Lizzie Colvin at the Lee Valley Stadium in London. Photograph: Joe Toth/Inpho

The dream continues. Anna O’Flanagan’s 13th-minute goal handed Irish women’s hockey its biggest moment in its 125-year history, a 1-0 win over the wor(...)

Ireland  captain Katie Mullan  celebrates the World Cup win over India with her team-mates at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre  in London. Photograph: Christopher Lee/Getty Images

Ireland won through to the quarter-finals of the Women’s World Cup with a game to spare on Thursday and Irish coach Graham Shaw believes the attitude (...)

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

Graham Shaw has given Megan Frazer every chance to prove her fitness in time for July’s World Cup as he named the Derry woman in his squad of 18 for t(...)

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