Ireland’s Women’s Cup Hockey heroines are back on home soil, after returning to Dublin Airport yesterday. There was a public reception from the Lord Mayor of Dublin Niall Ring and Dublin City Council in Dame St at 3pm yesterday.
Members of the Irish women’s hockey team that won silver in the weekend’s World Cup Final celebrate their return to Ireland with a lot of singing and dancing. The Irish women danced the conga and began singing as they boarded the plane for home following Sunday’s final defeat to the Netherlands which they lost 6-0.
Shane Ross, the Sports Minister, along with Hockey Ireland officials and family greeted the Silver medalists at the Airport. I welcoming the side Minister Ross announced an additional €1.5m in support to Irish teams competing in major competitions.
She told the team, “In response to what you have done and other, but in particular because of the timing of what you have done, I want to say that I have decided that we will give an additional 1.5 million for Olympic and World Championship preparation and Hockey will enjoy a significant share.”
“What you have done for us is something quite exceptional. I am sure you cannot measure it yourselves at this stage, but when you see the reception you get today in Dame Street, you will realise how you captured the nation,” the Minister added that the World Cup Silver achievement was particularly special to the nation.