Chloe Watkins

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Elena Tice celebrates after scoring a goal for Ireland against Germany in the 4-2 defeat at the Oi Hockey Stadium in  Tokyo. Photograph: Frank Uijlenbroek/Inpho

Hockey’s elliptical orbit of national awareness is about to swing as close as it did during the 2018 World Cup. It should be visible to the naked eye.(...)

Boxer Emmet Brennan pictured with his mother Bernie, father Christy, and sisters Christine (right) and Caoimhe. Photograph: Tom Honan

Ireland’s Olympic and Paralympic athletes are headed for Japan, but without their families After all the doubt, the will-it-won’t-it anxiety, Ir(...)

 Sarah McAuley is one of the younger players selected in Ireland’s Tokyo Olympics squad. File photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Teenager Sarah McAuley has earned a place in the squad of 16 players who will travel to the Olympic Games in Tokyo this summer. The squad was announce(...)

Ireland’s Deirdre Duke and Nikki Evans  celebrate a goal during the sixth-placed playoff against Italy at the Women’s EuroHockey Championship at the Wagener Stadium in Amstelveen. Photograph: Frank Uijlenbroek/Inpho

Ireland 3 Italy 0 Ireland finished their EuroHockey Championship campaign with a flourish as Anna O’Flanagan’s double underpinned a strong 3-0 victo(...)

 Naomi Carroll celebrates scoring Ireland’s goal with her team-mates during the Women’s Euro Hockey Championships  match against  Scotland at the Wagener Stadium in Amstelveen. Photograph:  Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images

Ireland 1 Scotland 0 Naomi Carroll saluted her team-mates for remaining calm during their pool game against Scotland at the EuroHockey Championships (...)

The Ireland team celebrate after qualifying for the Olympics. File photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Almost three years ago now, the sound and vision from a simmering London World Cup final and a silver medal has not dimmed. Aside from a tense double (...)

Ireland’s Roisin Upton, Katie Mullan and Nicci Daly are all included in the squad for next month’s EuroHockey Championships. File photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

After over 20 months preparation, the Irish women’s hockey team must hit the ground running at June’s European Championships in the Netherlands as the(...)

Anna O’Flanagan scored Ireland’s goal in the game against Britain at Bisham Abbey. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Britain 3 Ireland 1 Ireland suffered defeat to the Rio 2016 Olympic champions in the first of their four uncapped matches at Bisham Abbey this week. (...)

The Irish Women’s hockey squad will travel to Malaysia on Friday as part of their preparation for the conditions they will face in Tokyo this summer. (...)

Chloe Watkins: “Twelve months might seem not that bad, but when you’ve been at it for 10-plus years, another 12 months can be quite a challenge.” Photograph:   Morgan Treacy/Inpho

This week she was supposed to be travelling from the Irish holding camp in Fukuroi to the athletes’ village in Tokyo. History in the making. Ireland’s(...)

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