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What to look out for this Week – Preview 2

Loreto v Ards will be streamed on Hockey Ireland’s YouTube page here.

EYHL 1 – Round 10 – Fixtures
Saturday 28th January


Pembroke v Monkstown, Serpentine Avenue,14:30
Banbridge v YMCA, Havelock Park, 14:45
Lisnagarvey v Cookstown, Comber Road, 15:00
Instonians v TRR, Shawsbridge, 15:00
Glenanne v Annadale, St Andrew’s College, 15:15


Loreto v Ards, Loreto, 14:45
UCD v Catholic Institue, Belfield, 13:00
Old Alex v Monkstown, Alexandra College, 13:30
Belfast Harlequins v Pembroke, Deramore Park, 14:30
Railway Union v Pegasus, Park Avenue, 15:30


**EYHL 2 – Round 5**
Men (Pool B)
Kilkeel v Bandon, Kilkeel High School, 14:30
UCD v South Antrim, Belfield, 14:30

Men (Pool A)
Cork Church of Ireland v Cork Harlequins, Garryduff,13:30
Railway Union v Corinthian, Park Avenue, 13:30

Women (Pool A)
Muckross v UCC, Muckross, 13:30
Ulster Elks v Avoca, UUJ, 14

Women (Pool B)
Cork Harlequins v Queens, Harlequins Park, 12:45
Corinthian v Galway, St Columbas Collage, 13:15

Interprovincial  – Fixtures
Sunday 29th January

U16 Boys
Munster v Ulster, Abbotstown, 11:30

U18 Boys
Munster v Ulster, Abbotstown, 13:45

U21 Boys
Munster v Ulster, Abbotstown, 16:00


Irish Hockey Challenge – Fixtures
Wednesday 28th January

Mullingar v Limerick, Mullingar, 13:00


Irish Junior Cup – Fixtures
Saturday 28th January

Banbridge v YMCA, Havelock Park, 13:00


Sustainability in Sport

Sport and Sustainability

We know the positive role sport plays in promoting healthy lifestyles and building communities. Grassroots clubs the length and breadth of Ireland are testament to sport’s inherent attraction and power.

The range of social, environmental, and economic issues which affect us globally, are also causing significant challenges for the sports community. Both in terms of day-to-day operations and duties to our young people and future generations.

But with this, there’s growing recognition also around how the power of sport can be used to help inspire participants and followers towards building a healthier, more sustainable future for all. That means for clubs themselves, their communities and for the environment.


Meath LSP’s groundbreaking initiative

It’s against this background that Meath LSP is leading an exciting new initiative promoting social and environmental sustainability in sport.

Through committing to pursue sustainability, a club can inspire its members and the local community to become more conscious of their own individual actions.

Whether aimed at maximising the social or community benefits of their club, or acting responsibly around their club’s environment and surroundings, there’s opportunity to work together for positive change.


Project Long Game – Saturday 28 January

The “Project Long Game” information event (9.30am-1pm, Saturday 28th January, Solstice Centre, Navan) will show local club leaders, decision makers and volunteers etc how they can make their club more socially and environmentally sustainable.

A host of local and expert international speakers will share insights around best practice, the benefits and crucially, advise how clubs can make a start on sustainability. (And in doing so, how they can meet objectives of the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s).)

With a line up including leaders of progressive grassroots GAA, football and rugby clubs, attendees will learn of the many opportunities to be gained through making this commitment.

The benefits driven for their players, supporters and communities – be it attracting new members, reduced costs, better sponsorships, meaningful environmental action etc. – are increasingly apparent and compelling.


Learnings from further afield

In addition to hearing about learnings and case studies from the GAA’s key ‘‘Healthy Clubs’ and ‘Green Clubs’ programmes, world sport and sustainability expert Russell Seymour will share his perspective on the significance of Meath’s ‘Project Long Game’.

Lastly, with the international conversation now including the likes of Meathman Sean McCabe (Climate Justice Manager, Bohemian FC) and triple Irish Olympic athlete, Natalya Coyle, the audience will hear how the county can play a leading and impactful role for the years to come.

As they say in sport, “It’s all to play for.

Register now to attend this free event at www.projectlonggame.ie

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What to look out for this Week – Preview 1

Round 9 of the EY Hockey League kicks off this weekend. All fixtures can be seen below.

Catholic Institute v Monkstown will be streamed on Hockey Ireland’s YouTube page here.

EYHL 1 – Round 9 – Fixtures
Saturday 21st January

– Banbridge v Glenanne – 14:45 – Havelock Park
– TRR v Lisnagarvey – 15:00 – Grange Road
– Monkstown v Cookstown – 16:00 – Rathdown
– Instonians v YMCA – 16:00 – Shawsbridge
– Pembroke Wanderers v Annadale – 16:00 – Serpentine Avenue

– Belfast Harlequins v Railway –12:45- Deramore Park
– Catholic Institute v Monkstown- 14:30- Rosbrien
– Ards v Old Alex – 14:30 – Londonderry Park
– UCD v Peagsus – 14:50 – Belfield


Irish Senior Cup – Fixtures
Thursday 19th January

– Glenanne v Lisnagarvey – 20:20 – Loreto (Refix)


Irish Hockey Challenge – Fixtures
Wednesday 18th January

– Saintfield v Portrush – 20:00 – Saintfield (Refix)

Saturday 21st January
– Kilkeel v University of Galway – 15:00 – Kilkeel
– Cork Wanderers v Skerries – 16:00 – Ursuline School


Irish Hockey Trophy – Fixtures
Saturday 21st January

– Rathgar v Kilkenny – 12:45 – Rathgar


Irish Junior Cup – Fixtures
Saturday 21st January

– Mossley v Cookstown – 12:45 – Mossley
– Lisnagarvey v Glenanne – 15:00 – Comber Road

Instonians v Clontarf – 17:30 – Shawbridge

– Belfast Harlequins v UCD – 14:30 – Deramore Park

FIH Men’s World Cup 2023

Click on the link below to find out all you need to know about the 2023 Men’s World Cup



Passing of Ronnie Smyth BEM

For Funeral times see https://www.funeraltimes.com/ronald-william-ronniesmyth-bem375159028



It is with the deepest sorrow that we inform you of the passing of ANNADALE President, Hockey Ireland Honorary Member and dear friend Ronnie.

Ronnie’s zest for hockey was limitless. He pursued his passion and love for his Club with the intensity of a perfectionist, always striving to improve the character, sportsmanship, performance and enjoyment of the players.

Ronnie cared deeply about all those around him whilst asking little in return. He had a unique mix of generosity with his time, supreme coaching and management skills, humour, and directness but always patient with an instinctive understanding of players of all abilities. A combination of talents from which his Club, Ulster and Ireland benefitted greatly.

Ronnie’s coaching talents were recognised with appointments as Ulster Senior Coach and coach of Ireland at U16, U18 and U21 levels. In addition to achieving the top Irish coaching levels Ronnie also gained the prestigious FIH badge which is the most senior coaching accolade in World Hockey.

Hockey Ireland recognised Ronnie’s immense contribution to the Sport by awarding Ronnie with Honorary Life Membership. This was followed by Her Majesty The Queen awarding a well-deserved British Empire Medal to Ronnie in 2022.

In paying tribute to Ronnie we cannot overlook the loves of his life in wife Liz, sons Andrew and David and daughter Alison to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.


Ronnie Smyth – an inspiration to us all.



Sports Energy Support Scheme

In November, Sport Ireland opened the application process for €35 million of funding in response to the rising energy costs crisis. The purpose of the funding, secured as part of Budget 2023, was to support National Governing Bodies of Sport (NGBs) and their affiliated Clubs with the rising energy costs associated with the provision of sport throughout the winter period.

Hockey Ireland subsequently engaged all our Clubs with the application process, and we are pleased to announce that thirty (30) successful Clubs have met the eligibility criteria. These eligible Clubs will be contacted in the coming days with details of how they can draw down the allocated funding.

We would like to thank Sport Ireland and the Government for this vital support mechanism on behalf of all our Clubs. 

Any questions on the funding can be submitted to info@hockey.ie


Dormant Accounts Funding

Sport Ireland has announced an increased general spending package of €5.5m in Dormant Accounts Funding for a wide range of sport and physical activity areas, including Diversity, Inclusion & Equality Fund activities and Disability Sports measures.

The funding will impact communities across Ireland through the National Governing Bodies of Sport (NGBs) and their affiliated Clubs, as well as the extensive network of funded bodies and Local Sports Partnerships.

The investment builds on Sport Ireland’s work in this area to date and aims to expand and enhance the delivery of the Government’s ‘Sport for All’ initiatives along with Sport Ireland’s Diversity & Inclusion, Disability and Women in Sport Policies.

This funding will support Hockey Ireland with the following specific programmes in 2023:

  • Young Hockey Leaders and Young Umpire Award
  • Outreach for refugees and asylum seekers
  • Research aiming to engage female teens (aged 12-15) with hockey in harder to reach areas without hockey facilities.


Twenty-one (21) Hockey Clubs have also been awarded funding via the Disability Sports Fund as outlined in the following document: Dormant Account Funding.

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Hawkshaw and Mullan on the mark to send Ireland into Nations Cup semi-final

Ireland kept their cool in the final moments of their last pool match of the Women’s FIH Hockey Nations Cup in Valencia this morning to book their spot in the semi-final on Friday. Second-half goals from Sarah Hawkshaw and Katie Mullan put Ireland two goals in front, but two goals in the last five minutes for Korea gave Ireland fans nerves going into the dying minutes.

Ireland had controlled the game from the pushback, with Korea’s main threat being their counterattack. The girls in green were skilful up front, winning penalty corners with regularity. They went through their routine but with limited effectiveness, Korea defending an array of strikes, drag flicks and deflections in the seven Ireland corners won in the first half.

Korea struggled to get the ball out of defence in the second half as Ireland hunted in the press, winning plenty of ball in the attacking third. Katie Mullan led the charge up front while Michelle Carey and Sarah Torrans made good headway wide on the right of the pitch, the final pass just eluding the Irish. Defensive Irish players, too, began to press forward with Hannah McLoughlin and Ellen Curran making probing runs out of the defending line and creating problems for Korea.

It took nine penalty corners for Ireland to get on the scoreboard. Roisin Upton drag-flicked the initial shot that was saved by goalkeeper Lee; then Ellen Curran saw her shot smothered and kicked up towards Sarah Hawkshaw on the post who tracked it and batted it goalward to put Ireland in front. Sean Dancer’s charges continued to pile on the pressure in the last quarter and a mistake from Lee in goal, who had done so much up to that point to keep her team in the tie, led to her team conceding their second.
A loose ball made it through to the ‘keeper who cleared straight into the path of the oncoming player of the match, Katie Mullan. Lee looked to correct her mistake by coming at Mullan who spotted her chance, sliding the ball past the keeper on her near post.

Korea continued to look for goals, though, and they found some joy late on when they won a penalty corner with four minutes left on the clock. Their drag flick found the leg of Elena Tice on the line, which led to a penalty stroke. Hyejin Cho sent it high to the left to give her team a glimmer of hope. Korea duly went straight back down the pitch after the Ireland pass back to win another corner and this time Sujin An’s drag flick found the arm of Roisin Upton – the deflection sending it into the Ireland goal with two minutes on the clock and the scores level.

If there were nerves within the Ireland team, however, they were not evident as they expertly ran down the clock, Hannah McLoughlin drawing foul after foul and winning multiple frees to smother any chance of a third and winning goal for Korea – the game-finishing two goals apiece.

The draw puts Ireland into second place in Pool A which means they face the winners of Pool B in the second semi-final on Friday at 2.45 pm. If Ireland can win that match, they go into the final on Saturday at 2.45 pm. The winner of that match wins a spot in the 2023 FIH Pro League.

Head Coach Sean Dancer felt it was the best he’s seen this group play. “The performance overall was extremely pleasing,” he smiled. “It was actually one of the best games I’ve seen this team play – the way that we held onto the ball and controlled the game. It’s obviously very disappointing that it ended 2-2 and we certainly need to look at that last five minutes to make sure we control the game a bit better. We had more than enough opportunities in penalty corner attack to put them away but, overall, I’m really pleased.”

Ireland now looks ahead to Friday. “The opponents in the semi-final will probably be India. They’ll be a really tough opponent but it’s also a great opportunity. What was particularly pleasing today is that, while the senior players played well, the younger players really stepped up and at stages, they took their chances and they hurt Korea.”

Player of the match Katie Mullan says it is a job done, despite drawing a match they feel they should have won. “We wanted to be in the semi-final come the end of the week. We are a wee bit disappointed to concede two goals at the end and leave it at a draw because I think we dominated the game and we had the better chances,” she admits. “Korea were clinical in big moments and in penalty corners and we just need to learn from those moments going into the semi-final,” she added.