Ireland basketball CEO apologises for post about Raheem Sterling

The chief executive of Ireland’s basketball federation has apologised for an offensive social media post about England soccer player Raheem Sterling. Bernard O’Byrne wrote “BLACK DIVES MATTER!!!” in response to a BBC Facebook post about the controversial penalty won by Sterling in England’s 2-1 victory over Denmark in the European Championship semifinals. The penalty was awarded by the referee in extra time. A video review of the incident confirmed the decision. “My choice of words commenting on a penalty incident were not thought out,” O’Byrne said in a statement issued…

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Olympics Hockey: ‘Open and fun’ Ireland aim to learn from Tokyo first

Captain Katie Mullan spoke of Ireland as “history makers” in defeat as the first female team to represent Ireland at an Olympics saw their campaign end in the Pool stages. One opening win was followed by four defeats on the bounce as their Olympic dream came to an abrupt halt against Great Britain on Saturday.  International retirements will now follow, injured players will return. So soon after Olympic dejection, thoughts won’t yet turn to further advancements in the women’s programme, namely women’s World Cup qualification in Rome in October. Ireland’s…

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Tokyo Olympics Hockey: Ireland women ready to take on Holland

Sarah Torrans says the Green Army will “show the world what we can do” against the world No 1 Dutch on Monday after Ireland women notched a debut Olympics win on Saturday. Ireland made a dream start to life as a women’s Olympic hockey team as they got the best of South Africa by a 2-0 scoreline at the Oi Stadium. Róisín Upton’s powerful low drag-flick in the ninth minute meant they held the lead from the outset, an advantage they eventually strengthened before the end of the third quarter…

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Scotland Men Welcome Ireland for a 3 match series

The Scotland men’s squad has been announced for a three-match series against Ireland at Titwood this week. The uncapped series will start on Thursday 22 July at 7:30pm, before the teams take to the pitch on Saturday 24 July at 4pm, and Sunday 25 July at 11:30am. Due to Covid restrictions, the maximum capacity is 50 spectators; Clydesdale Hockey Club is managing a ‘first come first served’ entry process for the matches, with doors open from one hour ahead of push back. These matches come as the Scots build towards…

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“Anything can happen” as Ireland experience Olympic Hockey for the first time

Safely installed in the Olympic Village, Hannah Matthews knows “anything can happen” over the next two weeks as the Irish women’s hockey team close in on their Olympic debut in Japan.  Matthews was the last to arrive to the party on Saturday, linking up with the side in Tokyo direct from Dublin while the rest of the panel enjoyed a memorable holding camp in Iwate, the country’s “cabbage capital” 500 kilometres to the north.  25 June 2021; Team Ireland players, back from left, Michelle Carey, Liz Murphy, Hannah McLoughlin, Lena…

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Ireland women’s hockey enjoy ‘best Olympic prep you could ask for’

Safely installed in the Olympic Village, Hannah Matthews knows “anything can happen” over the next two weeks as the Irish women’s hockey team close in on their Olympic debut in Japan.  Matthews was the last to arrive to the party on Saturday, linking up with the side in Tokyo direct from Dublin while the rest of the panel enjoyed a memorable holding camp in Iwate, the country’s “cabbage capital” 500 kilometres to the north.  There, the panel were “treated like celebrities” according to Michelle Carey as their bus ride into…

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‘Extra special’ first: Mohali cricketer hits ODI ton batting at no. 8 for Ireland

On Friday night, after Mohali lad and Ireland cricketer 33-year-old Simi Singh became the first-ever player in ODI cricket history to score a hundred batting at number eight position in the third ODI match of Ireland-South Africa series at Malahide Cricket Club, Dublin, Ireland, the now Irish citizen made a call to his parents Amarjeet Singh and Daljeet Kaur in Mohali and wife Agamdeep Kaur in Dublin. Singh, who surpassed England’s Chris Woakes’ knock of 95 runs against Sri Lanka at Nottingham in 2016, to create the new ODI record,…

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Ireland vs South Africa 3rd ODI: South Africa Beat Ireland By 70 Runs As Series Ends 1-1

Janneman Malan scored a mammoth 177 not out against Ireland in the 3rd ODI.© Twitter South Africa overpowered Ireland by 70 runs in the third one-day international at Malahide on Friday to end the series all level at 1-1. Ireland were eyeing their first ODI campaign success against a top eight nation after a 43-run win on Tuesday put them 1-0 up following a washed out opener. But Janneman Malan’s career-best 177 not out was the centrepiece of the Proteas’ imposing 346-4 on Friday. Together with Quinton de…

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Skipper Andy Balbirnie’s 102 helps Ireland register historic first ODI win over South Africa

Andy Balbirnie-led Ireland stun South Africa to register their historic first ODI win against them. In the second ODI of the three-ODI series, Ireland beat the Proteas by 43 runs at The Village, Dublin to make history. The visitors failed to chase down the target of 291 and got bundled out for 247 in the 49th over. Opener Janneman Malan top-scored for the Proteas with a 96-ball 84. Rassie van der Dussen also scored 49 stitching a third-wicket partnership of 108 runs. The wickets of both set batsmen in a…

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Ireland to host Japan, New Zealand and Argentina in autumn internationals

Ireland will host autumn internationals against JapanNew Zealand and Argentina the Irish Rugby Football Union has announced. Japan will visit Dublin on 6 November, followed by the All Blacks a week later, before the Test series is rounded off with a clash against the Pumas on 21 November. Andy Farrell’s men were already scheduled to begin their autumn campaign away to the United States in Las Vegas on 30 October. The game against the All Blacks will be the first of four meetings between the countries next season, with Ireland…

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