Supporters welcome the Irish Hockey Team at the Homecoming celebrations in Dame Street.
Photo: Tony Gavin 6/8/2018
Supporters welcome the Irish Hockey Staff on the Homecoming celebrations in Dame Avenue.
Photograph: Tony Gavin 6/8/2018

Christmas got here early for the Irish ladies’s hockey staff who celebrated their historic silver medal end on the Hockey World Cup on Sunday with a rousing Christmas track and dance that introduced Dame Avenue to a standstill.

Though the Yuletide celebration is greater than 5 months away, the staff broke into an upbeat ‘All I Need for Christmas is You’ as greater than a thousand household, associates, fellow hockey gamers and proud nicely wishers gathered outdoors Dublin Metropolis corridor yesterday for a raucous homecoming celebration.

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The selection of track was impressed by the staff’s pleasure on the eve of the ultimate, competing as underdogs on the Hockey World Cup which they stated generated the identical butterflies-in-the-stomach sensation as Christmas conjures up in youngsters.

They sang it earlier than the historic showdown with the Netherlands at London’s Lee Valley Stadium. And despite the fact that they have been defeated, 6-0, their David and Goliath battle has made them the underdog heroes the world over.

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Arriving at Dublin Airport to a hero’s welcome yesterday, staff captain Katie Mullan stated:  “It means absolutely the world to me, we went over to this match, we needed to make an affect – and boy did we make an affect. We have been ranked 15th and to be standing right here with a silver medal we exceeded all expectations,” she stated.

“By way of main the women, it was an excellent privilege to run down the tunnel first and put on the armband however we have now an unbelievable variety of leaders on this group and everybody leads the staff in their very own proper,” she stated.

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“I‘m simply the fortunate one who will get to put on the armband. They’re a very simple group to captain, everybody listens, everybody cares a lot. Whenever you get a gaggle of individuals with a typical objective it is vitally simple to convey them collectively as a result of they’re ready to do no matter it takes.”



Players and manager Graham Shaw arrive at the Homecoming celebrations for the Irish Hockey team in Dame Street.
Photo: Tony Gavin 6/8/2018


Gamers and supervisor Graham Shaw arrive on the Homecoming celebrations for the Irish Hockey staff in Dame Avenue.
Photograph: Tony Gavin 6/8/2018
The gamers arrive on stage on the Homecoming celebrations for the Irish Hockey staff in Dame Avenue.
Photograph: Tony Gavin 6/8/2018
Supporters welcome the Irish Hockey Staff on the Homecoming celebrations in Dame Avenue.
Photograph: Tony Gavin 6/8/2018
Followers Zoe Watterson, Killiney, Jessica Whelan, Dun Laoghaire, Ali Dunne, Blackrock and Aoife Grogan, Bray on the Homecoming celebrations for the Irish Hockey staff in Dame Avenue.
Photograph: Tony Gavin 6/8/2018
Jubilant followers on the Homecoming celebrations for the Irish Hockey staff in Dame Avenue.
Photograph: Tony Gavin 6/8/2018
Lord Mayor Nial Ring welcomes Graham Shaw, supervisor of the Irish Hockey staff to Metropolis Corridor on the Homecoming celebrations for the Irish Hockey staff in Dame Avenue.
Photograph: Tony Gavin 6/8/2018
Minister for sport Shane Ross welcomes members of the Irish Hockey staff to Metropolis Corridor on the Homecoming celebrations for the Irish Hockey staff in Dame Avenue.
Photograph: Tony Gavin 6/8/2018
Gamers benefit from the reception on the Homecoming celebrations for the Irish Hockey staff in Dame Avenue.
Photograph: Tony Gavin 6/8/2018
Supervisor Graham Shaw and captain, Katie Mullan on the Homecoming celebrations for the Irish Hockey staff in Dame Avenue.
Photograph: Tony Gavin 6/8/2018
Supporters on the Homecoming celebrations for the Irish Hockey staff in Dame Avenue.
Photograph: Tony Gavin 6/8/2018
Megan Fraiser, Anna O’Flannagan, Nikki Evans and Chloe Watkins have a good time through the Homecoming celebrations for the Irish Hockey staff in Dame Avenue.
Photograph: Tony Gavin 6/8/2018
Greatest goalkeeper within the Hockey World Cup Ayeisha McFerron with staff mates Deirdre Duke and Yvonne Byrne on the Homecoming celebrations for the Irish Hockey staff in Dame Avenue.
Photograph: Tony Gavin 6/8/2018
Lord Mayor Nial Ring welcomes members of the Irish Hockey staff to Metropolis Corridor on the Homecoming celebrations for the Irish Hockey staff in Dame Avenue.
Photograph: Tony Gavin 6/8/2018
Fan Eileen Wegherhall from Greystones on the Homecoming celebrations for the Irish Hockey staff in Dame Avenue.
Photograph: Tony Gavin 6/8/2018
Supporters throng the streets on the Homecoming celebrations for the Irish Hockey staff in Dame Avenue.
Photograph: Tony Gavin 6/8/2018

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