Ayeisha McFerran makes a save for Ireland in the crucial  penalty shoot-out that sent Ireland to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. McFerran is the only Ireland player currently playing abroad. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

With just one of the 18 players selected for the Olympic qualifying games against Canada earlier this month now playing their hockey beyond these shor(...)

Joy unconfined as Katie Mulland and the Ireland team celebrate victory over Canada and qualification for the Olympics at  Energia Park, Donnybrook,  Dublin last night . Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Of course it fell to a penalty shootout ending. For the alien dropping in on hockey for the first time, over the last 12 months it would have seemed (...)

Ireland’s Ayeisha McFerran was the hero as her team qualified for the 2020 Olympics. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Ireland 0 Canada 0 (Ireland win 4-3 after sudden death penalty shootout) If 2018 was a magical year for the Irish women’s hockey team, 2019 might jus(...)

Ireland’s Kathryn Mullan with Karli Johansen of Canada. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Ireland 0 Canada 0 It would have been hard to imagine Ireland ever playing in a game as big as the World Cup final again, but for the current members(...)

Anna O’Flanagan: “It was important that we put it [the World Cup] to rest, we couldn’t keep dwelling on it, it wasn’t going to get us to where we wanted to go”. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

If Anna O’Flanagan had acquired any notions about her sporting self, having been part of the Irish hockey squad that won silver at the World Cup last (...)

Second-half goals from Deirdre Duke (above)  and Lizzie Colvin saw Ireland defeat Scotland on Saturday evening 2-0. Photograph: Inpho

Two wins and two clean sheets marked an upbeat start to Seán Dancer’s role as the Irish women’s new head coach as they saw off Scotland at Stormont ov(...)

Roisin Upton, Ayeisha McFerran,  Gillian Pinder, Anna O’Flanagan and Katie Mullan of the Ireland Women’s Hockey team.    Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

It’s is difficult to find a field game in any sport where an Ireland women’s team is ranked eighth in the world. The footballers are 31st. The rugby a(...)

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

Women's Hockey World Cup: July, London The tone was set from moment one. Katie Mullan’s beaming smile was the first Irish image to project onto the b(...)

Selfie-confidence: Ireland’s players celebrate with their silver medals at the 2018 Vitality Hockey Women’s World Cup Final at Lee Valley Stadium in London last August. Photograph: Morgan Treacy

There was many a great story to be told after Ireland’s magical World Cup adventure in London during the summer, but few matched the one Emily Beatty (...)

Railway Union’s Sarah Hawkshaw is one of four uncapped players in the Ireland squad for a training trip to Chile in January. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Twins Bethany and Serena Barr could make their international debuts on the same day in January as they form part of a quartet of new faces in Graham S(...)

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