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.

Robert Sullivan,
Co Cork.

Ireland’s hockey players can hold heads high (Irish Times letters page)

Pic: The Hook/World Sports Pics

Meanwhile… reports:

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 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.


Confirmed: The €1.5m promised by Minister Shane Ross at hockey homecoming is new investment (

4 thoughts on “Unity

  1. Dr.Fart MD

    it’s like the scene on ‘O Brother Where Arth Thou’ when the Soggy Bottom Boys were performing and the guy running for mayor see’s how popular they are with the crowd so he gets up on the stage and does a chicken dance.

  2. Murtles

    I had predicted a bandwagon jump by a politician or two. Anyhoo take the money and run folks, tis better that nothing .

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