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Ireland’s Róisín Upton clashes with Laura Nunnink of the Netherlands during Saturday’s  Women’s EuroHockey Championship at the  Wagener Stadium, in Amstelveen. Photograph: Frank Uijlenbroek/Inpho

Netherlands 4 Ireland 0 By any standards a 4-0 win is a beating and while the Irish women’s team absorb the Dutch masterclass after their first outin(...)

UCD’s Michelle Carey could make her Ireland debut in the opener against the Netherlands in Amsterdam. Photograph:    Stephen Hamilton/Inpho/Presseye

There isn’t a player in Ireland unaware of the magnitude of the challenge the Irish women face in their first match of the European Championships in A(...)

Ireland hockey goalkeeper  Ayeisha McFerran has added her support to Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Irish women’s hockey goalkeeper Ayeisha McFerran added her name to those who have spoken out in support of tennis player Naomi Osaka. The Japanese pla(...)

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(...)

Katie Mullan attacks during Ireland’s win over Scotland in Belfast on Saturday. Photograph: Adrian Boehm

Two wins over Scotland has the Irish senior women’s side ticking along nicely ahead of formal European Championship selection on Thursday. Ireland dis(...)

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. (...)

Deirdre Duke: scored a brace for Ireland in the victory over Spain in Murcia. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Ireland 4 Spain 1 Ireland’s women got their Olympic year off to an upbeat start with a 4-1 success over Spain in Murcia with Deirdre Duke firing home(...)

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(...)

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(...)

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