Shirley Mccay

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 Irish hockey player Shirley McCay:  ‘I would have gone for Canada or USA. The others would have been a huge test but we are under no illusions.’ Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

After missing out on Olympic qualification in recent years Irish hockey’s Shirley McCay remains cautious about Ireland’s prospects in their two-leg ma(...)

Ireland celebrate a goal against Germany earlier in the EuroHockey Championships, in which they finished fifth. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

Pool C: Ireland 3 (N Evans, S Hawkshaw, K Mullan) Russia 2 (B Sadovaia, A Leonova) Katie Mullan dug out a scrappy winner to secure Ireland’s third wi(...)

Anna O’Flanagan scored Ireland’s winner against hosts Belgium  at the  European Championships in Antwerp. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Belgium 1 Ireland 2 All-time top scorer Anna O’Flanagan added another vital goal to her memorable collection to earn Ireland a 2-1 win over Belgium (...)

England celebrate after Suzy Petty scores against Ireland  during the  European Championships in  Antwerp, Belgium. Photograph: AP Photo/Virginia Mayo

The frustration was tangible for Katie Mullan and her troops as the Green Army left empty-handed from their opening hockey European Championship battl(...)

Shirley McCay opens the scoring for Ireland in the FIH Women’s Series semi-final against the Czech Republic at  Banbridge Hockey Club. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Ireland 4 Czech Republic 0 Shirley McCay’s trademark “skipper” strike set Ireland on course for a big 4-0 win over the Czech Republic in their semi-f(...)

Eugene McGee’s hat-trick against France came on his 280 cap for Ireland. Photograph: Rowland White/Inpho/Presseye

Ireland 3 France 2 A perfectly timed hat-trick from Ireland’s Eugene Magee saw Ireland beat France in the second of their two-match series in Lisnaga(...)

Shirley McCay: Ireland  international will miss Pegasus’s Champions Trophy semi-final against Cork Harlequins at Banbridge. Photograph: Rowland White/Presseye/Inpho

It was this time last year that Loreto coach Paul Fitzpatrick had a holiday booked, so unlikely had it seemed that his side would qualify for the end-(...)

Loreto last won the Irish Senior Cup in 2010 and face Railway Union on Saturday for a place in this year’s final.  Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The unavailability of senior internationals for Sunday’s Irish Senior Cup semi-finals, members of the Irish squad also unable to appear for their club(...)

Zara Delany scored a hat-trick as Railway Union beat Belfast Harlequins 5-1. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

While the top two in the Hockey League maintained their positions with victories on Saturday, Railway Union and Cork Harlequins made big strides with (...)

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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