“We Need A National Stadium. We Need To Create A Home For Hockey” – World Cup Finalists Deirdre Duke & Gillian Pinder

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.

About The Bellissimo Files

Hi, I’m Sarina Bellissimo and this is the place I come to indulge in my love of all things entertainment. I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t fascinated by all things Hollywood/showbiz. I blame my parents! As a child my mum used to force me to watch old Elvis Presley films with her, and both my mum & dad would take my brothers and I to the Drive-In to watch the latest films (this is where my love for ROCKY began!). When not watching movies, I was trying to figure out ways to pull the back off the TV so I could somehow get into it and be a part of all the action on the screen! This blog isn’t a place that revels in gossip and negativity. It’s a place where entertainment is celebrated. That said, this is a place you can turn to for honesty. Honesty and criticism don’t always mean attacks. I choose to criticise the piece of work but not the person and I acknowledge that just because I don’t like something, it doesn’t mean someone else won’t. Here you’ll find interviews with some of the biggest names in the world of Entertainment, reviews, breaking news and my very own musings. Away from The Bellissimo Files, you can find me on Spin 1038 on Saturdays, between 1pm and 3pm,presenting Plan B. There’s celebrity interviews, entertainment news, the low down on the must see movies and music releases of the week, the ultimate guide to what’s on where in the city, as well as masterclasses with experts on standby to answer listeners’ questions. I also appear on TV3’s “Elaine” panel, talk movies on “Ireland AM” and you can sometimes hear me filling in on Moncrieff’s “Movies and Booze “(Newstalk) The Bellissimo Files is constantly evolving. Files (topics) will be added or deleted as time goes on. Feel free to read, watch, comment, share, and make suggestions for what you would like to see on the site. Sarina
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