Ireland\'s hockey world cup silver medallists

Ireland's hockey world cup silver medallists @IreWomenHockey

Following the great silver medal success of Ireland in the recent hockey world cup, it’s the perfect time to seek out homegrown sporting talent.

Here’s where you can see, and support, Irish women giving their all for their sport.

Hockey

The team need little introduction now, following their amazing achievements in the recent world cup. The Green Army was ranked 16th going into the tournament – Ireland’s first in 16 years, as it happened. The Irish women stormed their way to the final to face the Netherlands who are ranked no1 in the world. As well as receiving a fantastic welcome home the Irish team also climbed to 8th in the FIH World Rankings.

More info: Hockey.ie

Soccer

The Republic of Ireland national football team has grabbed headlines over the years. Republic of Ireland player Stephanie Roche’s epic goal for Peamount United in 2014 went viral and saw her nominated for FIFA’s Pusha goal award in 2014 (and with good reason).

In 2017 the squad held a press conference to highlight the conditions they were expected to train and play under and subsequently received government funding. After narrowly missing out on next year’s world cup with a loss to Norway, the Republic of Ireland team plays its Northern Ireland counterparts on 31 August in Tallaght Stadium, Dublin.

More info: FAI.ie

Rugby

The Irish women’s rugby team have represented the country in world cups and the Six Nations. Most recently, the Under-18 Women's Sevens bagged a perfect of ten wins-out-of-ten at the inaugural U-18 Women's Home Nations Sevens Series in Birmingham last month.

As for club rugby, it all kicks off next month and there’s plenty of opportunity to see a game played live. The first women’s match of the 2018/19 All Ireland League season takes place on Friday 28 September and features Division 1’s Blackrock vs Galwegians.

More info: irishrugby.ie

GAA

Billed as one of the fastest growing sports in the country, ladies’ gaelic football is on the up. TV station TG4’s sponsorship of the championship means it’s easy to get to see games – over 300,000 people watched the 2017 senior final between Dublin and Mayo. And over 46,000 headed to Croke Park for the game – the largest ever attendance at an All-Ireland Ladies Final.

If you’re looking to catch the action live, the venue for this years All Ireland Senior Quarter Finals have been announced. Galway take on Mayo and Dublin face Kerry Sunday August 12 at Dr. Hyde Park, Roscommon

More info: LadiesGaelic.ie