A decision has been made by Hockey Ireland to extend Mark Tumilty’s contract as Head Coach for the Irish Men’s Squad. Tumilty will continue as the Men’s Head Coach, in a full-time capacity, until December 2020 the conclusion of the Olympic Cycle.

Speaking on the announcement of his extension, Mark said “I am delighted to be given the opportunity to continue in the role for 2020. I am really look forward to working with a very talented group of players and support staff. We need to grow the depth of our squad and to ensure all players fulfil their potential. I want to play an attacking and exciting brand of hockey, with our goal to get the Irish Men moving up the world rankings again.”

Hockey Ireland will advertise the full time Head Coach position after the conclusion of this Olympic cycle. Hockey Ireland wish to offer an opportunity for all suitable candidates to apply at the end of an Olympic cycle. The Head Coach position will therefore be advertised in late 2020 and at this juncture all suitably experienced Irish and international coaches with the relevant skills and experience are encouraged to apply.

The following Safeguarding courses will take place in each of the provinces through Local Sports Partnership. Please see the links below for Safeguarding course dates and more information on how to attend.




http://www.krsp.ie/calendar-of-events/ (Kilkenny)

http://sdcsp.ie/events/ (South Dublin)

http://www.dlrsportspartnership.ie/training-booking/safeguarding-child-protection (Dun Laoghaire Rathdown)





Dublin City – see website

Fingal – see website












Roscommon – see website

Galway – see website

Ulster (Safeguarding Children and Young People in Sport)

Mid Ulster District Council – https://www.midulstercouncil.org/coacheducation

Ards & North Down Council – https://www.leisureardsandnorthdown.com/sites/default/files/2019-08/Sports%20Education%20Courses%202019-20%20Leaflet.pdf

Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council – https://www.lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk/uploads/business/LCCC_SPORT_CLUB_TRAINING19_(2).pdf

Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council – https://getactiveabc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/coach-education-2019-FINAL.pdf

Fermanagh & Omagh District Council – https://www.fermanaghomagh.com/app/uploads/2019/08/Coach-Education-2019-2020-1.pdf

Under Hockey Ireland regulations, each course is valid for 3 years. However in the case of Safeguarding 1, there is an app refresher on the Sport Ireland website https://www.sportireland.ie/ethics/useful-links, which is valid  for another 3 years until the course must be done face-to-face again.

Following the success of the Irish Men’s Indoor team earlier this month, the Irish Women were also on form in Bratislava as they too returned to international tournaments with the EuroHockey Indoor Championships III.

The squad had an impressive record of 5 wins from 6 matches, with tournament winners Spain the only team to best the Irish side. With several players receiving their first international caps at this tournament, the squad also achieved promotion to next year’s EuroHockey Championships II.

The Irish Men had a successful return to the EuroHockey Indoor Championships in Santander earlier this month having not taken part in an international tournament since 1987. A tie to Wales in the opening match was followed by losses to both Scotland and Spain, however a strong showing against Slovenia granted the Irish side a bronze medal play off.

With Wales leading 1 – 0 from 7 minutes, Jackson and Canning put one each in the goal in the final minutes of the game to claim bronze in the first international tournament for the side in over 30 years.

Sport Ireland announced a €36 million investment in Tokyo 2020 Preparations, National Governing Bodies and Local Sports Partnerships today.

Of the funding announced today, Hockey Ireland will see an increase in core funding from €325,000 in 2019 to €340,000 in 2020. Hockey Ireland’s High Performance funding will remain at the 2019 level, however, an additional €200,000 of “Special Project Funding” was announced for the Tokyo Olympics.

Hockey Ireland High Performance Director, Adam Grainger, said “This continued Sport Ireland investment is another step in the right direction to enable our High Performance Teams to compete on the world stage. Programme funding, alongside the specific athlete support of Sport Ireland and Sport Northern Ireland, mean that Hockey Ireland are increasingly able to financially support our players to prepare and perform for Ireland.

The added Tokyo 2020 Special Project funding for the Senior Women’s team will help enable the team to optimally prepare for the challenging environmental conditions we will experience in Tokyo this summer.

Finally, while a focus in 2020 is rightly being put upon Tokyo, the increased and consistent support from Sport Ireland alongside the support provided by our sponsors allows Hockey Ireland to lay foundations for Paris 2024 and beyond.”

You can see the full announcement, and find accompanying documents, at https://www.sportireland.ie/news/sport-ireland-announces-eu36-million-investment


Dublin, 14 January 2020

In the second men’s Olympic Qualifier match against Canada in Vancouver in October 2019, Ireland lost on penalties following a Canadian equaliser in the final seconds of the game. The equalising goal came from a penalty stroke which was awarded after the use of a Canadian video referral. In the immediate aftermath, Hockey Ireland sought clarification from the International Hockey Federation (FIH) on the set up of the Video Referral system for the qualification series.

In particular, Hockey Ireland sought clarification from the FIH in relation to minimum standards to ensure adequate broadcast quality as well as the availability of a minimum number of camera angles on the play action at all times to ensure delivery of a robust Video Referral system. To date, the FIH has been unable to provide adequate response to the queries raised. It is Hockey Ireland’s understanding that at present there are no such specific regulations/minimum standards in relation to the setup and delivery of the Video Referral system in hockey.

Hockey Ireland are of the view that the broadcast quality and number of camera angles available in respect of the qualification series were not of a level to facilitate Video Referral. Hockey Ireland however, as a result of the lack of regulations in respect of Video Referral have no grounds on which to challenge the FIH in relation to the incident. Hockey Ireland regrettably must therefore conclude that they have exhausted all avenues in respect of a potential appeal regarding the outcome of the series and the non-qualification of the men’s team for the Tokyo Olympic Games.

Hockey Ireland feels that minimum standards for the use of Video Referral need to be introduced as a matter of urgency and will look to work with other national and continental federations and indeed, the FIH, to explore the issue. We believe the FIH should commission an independent review conducted by an external body with cross sport expertise in the delivery of Video Referral technology and procedures to ensure the development of minimum standards to guarantee the necessary quality and consistency for the effective use of Video Referral in hockey and mitigating against another federation experiencing a similar situation.

From the outset, Hockey Ireland has made it clear that it respects the decision of the Umpires and has never sought to challenge this. The organisation, its players and management have all times conducted themselves in a measured way in response to this issue. Hockey Ireland does not condone any negative reaction directed at the Umpires, nor can it be held in any way responsible for the reaction of the global public on social media platforms.

Hockey Ireland has conveyed to the FIH their disappointment at the way in which Video Referral was implemented for the Olympic Qualification Series, and specifically the way it was deployed at the Ireland v Canada men’s matches in Vancouver, Canada. We are particularly disappointed for the Irish men’s team who sacrificed so much in their efforts to achieve qualification for the Tokyo Olympic Games. Hockey Ireland would like to thank the players for all of their efforts and, on behalf of all involved in Irish hockey, take the opportunity to wish the Canadian men’s team and all teams participating in next year’s Olympic Games all the best with their preparations and participation in Tokyo next summer.

Notes to editor

Video Referral is covered as part of the broadcast arrangements and is a contract between the FIH as the Rights owner and a broadcast partner.

The FIH introduced the system to the sport as a further aid to on field umpires to help limit or ideally eliminate incorrect on-field decisions. A very important aspect of this approach is the need to have the required number of appropriate cameras set up in a manner that affords the camera operators the best possible opportunity to provide meaningful additional lines of sight that may not have been available to the on-field umpires at the time of an incident.

It is also vitally important that any umpire assigned to Video Referral has appropriate skills and experience of working with the system and has had the specialist training and appropriate supports (e.g. Hawkeye and/or a TV producer) required to enable them to confidently and competently use the system correctly.