The Irish Women’s Hockey Team created history last week when they were the first ever Irish Field Team to make a world cup final.
Their achievement is amazing but even more incredible when you realise they got to the top with hardly any support. The ladies are juggling life/study/work with training commitments. Representing their country, while an honour, costs them money. This should not be the case.
Their silver medal has ensured that they will finally receive the support they deserve – to what extent is still uncertain but Minister Shane Ross has promised that there will be a significant increase in funding for the sport.
It was an honour to be able to chat to two of Ireland’s sporting heroes, Deirdre Duke and Gillian Pinder. Listen as they share what the reality of the past few years has been like, how they are dealing with the new found attention and what they really need to further this success.