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.
Ireland’s hockey players can hold heads high (Irish Times letters page)
Pic: The Hook/ World Sports Pics
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.
Confirmed: The €1.5m promised by Minister Shane Ross at hockey homecoming is new investment (Independent.ie)
Dundrum Town Centre announce welcome sponsorship of the
Irish Hockey Association Men’s Senior Team as they embark on their road to the 2016 Olympics in Rio.
Top from left: Midfielder Peter Caruth, Strength and Conditioning coach Steve Barry, midfielder Kirk Shimmins and goalkeeper David Fitzgerald. Above (centre) Jeanette Jordan, marketing manager Dundrum Town Centre.
Take that, so-called GAA.
Irish Hockey Association
Irish Hockey Association (Facebook)
A friend in NZ sent me this today, the Christchurch press sports section describing hurling.
Hurling is ‘hockey mixed with murder’ (Christchurch Press)
A viral commercial for the VAPOR APX2 hockey stick starring Chicago BlackHawks player Patrick Kane – a stickhandler of note.
It’s all real, except for the very last bit.
Limerick’s Rebecca Barry and
Up for an ESPY for ‘best play’
Rebecca Barrys’s hockey goal you
featured a while back, has just been nominated in the ‘best play’ category at ESPN’s ESPYS awards. Probably the first Irish nominee?
Rebecca is up against
Khalil Edney’s ‘Buzzer Beater’ in the NBA.
Vote (click through for ‘Best Play’) here
25,000 soft toys rain down on the arena at the annual charity
Teddy Bear Toss at the Calgary Hitmen vs. Medicine Hat Tigers Canadian junior league hockey game yesterday.