The real Irish unity comes in the form of the fan who held up a placard at the World Cup on Sunday in London, which read: “Hockey ár lá”.Take note, Mary Lou McDonald.
The €1.5m announced by Sports Minister Shane Ross yesterday at the homecoming of Ireland’s hockey heroes is extra investment for 2018, the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport has confirmed.
There had been suggestions that fresh funding was the same €1.5 million for high performance programmes announced as part of the National Sports Policy last month but this is not the case.
A spokesperson confirmed to Independent.ie that the €1.5m Minister Ross revealed will be added to the Sport Ireland budget for 2018 and the amount announced in July refers to the 2019 budget.
…Some described Minister Ross’ announcement as a PR stunt.