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Adam Grainger has in the past worked for Sale Sharks,  Saracens and London Wasps. Photograph: Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Probably long overdue but nonetheless good news that Hockey Ireland announced on Thursday the appointment of Adam Grainger as director of performance.(...)

Naomi Carroll of Cork Harlequins turned out for Ireland against Spain. Photograph: Paul Walsh/Inpho

Ireland’s week in Spain ended with two more defeats to their hosts and Belgium, having already lost 4-2 to both nations in their opening games. The (...)

 Nikki Evans: marked the occasion of her 150th cap for Ireland with a goal against Belgium in a 4-2 defeat. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

After 4-2 defeats to both Spain and Belgium earlier in the week, Ireland complete their programme of games against the same opposition at Alcala on F(...)

 Mitch Darling:  he has not featured in the Ireland  side since the 2016 Rio Olympics, having taken a break.  Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

It is interesting that Irish coach Graham Shaw has included seven teenagers in his significantly widened Irish women’s panel. Ushering in the new ge(...)

Ireland coach Graham Shaw is resting several of his senior players for now, as preparations for London will intensify in the months ahead

Now that Ireland’s place in next summer’s World Cup is secured, their three-match series against Scotland, which begins on Sunday at Stormont, takes o(...)

Ireland’s Maurice Elliot celebrates with Shane O’Donoghue during a Test match against Pakistan in June. Photo: Mervyn McClelland/Inpho

The uplifting news that both the men’s and women’s national teams qualified for next year’s World Cups passed with barely a murmur outside the hockey (...)

Jonathan Bell of Ireland in action in Stormont.  File photograph: INPHO/Presseye/Rowland White

Week three of the EY Hockey League (EYHL) and the first matches will finally be played after a sorry beginning to this year’s competition. Hockey Ir(...)

 Maialen Garcia  of Spain in action during the Women’s EuroHockey Championships  classification match against Ireland at Amstelveen in Amsterdam. Photograph: Koen Suyk/EPA

Spain 7 Ireland 2 From flattening devastation to the elation of a reprieve, the Irish women’s side somehow managed to stay in the top tier of Europe(...)

 Roisín Upton  and Deirdre Duke  celebrate a goal against the Czech Republic in the European Championship clash in  Amstelveen. Photograph: Sander Koning/EPA

Ireland 3 (L Tice, R Upton, A O’Flanagan) Czech Republic 1 (B Haklova) Late goals from Roisín Upton and Anna O’Flanagan put the Irish women within a (...)

Nike Lorenz of Germany celebrates with teammates after scoring against Ireland. Photograph: Getty Images

Ireland 1 Germany 5 Three goals in the last 10 minutes gave an initially upbeat performance a deflated finish as Ireland’s women lost 5-1 to Germany(...)

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