Homecoming to be held in Dublin today for 'heroic' Ireland women's hockey team

Homecoming to be held in Dublin today for 'heroic' Ireland women's hockey team

IRELAND women's hockey team will be greeted with a homecoming ceremony in Dublin this afternoon after their incredible World Cup campaign.

Despite their 6-0 defeat to the Netherlands in the final yesterday, Ireland women’s hockey team did the country proud with their incredible performances over the past week in London.

The team’s achievements seem even more remarkable when you consider they were ranked as the second lowest side going into the competition.

The 18 amateur athletes beat the USA, Spain and India to reach yesterday’s final.

This afternoon, our World Cup silver medallists will arrive into Dublin Airport before making their way to Dame Street in the city centre where they will attend a special event hosted by Dublin’s Lord Mayor Niall Ring and Dublin City Council.

As a result, Dame Street and surrounding areas will be closed from 10am this morning and Dublin City Council have asked people to use public transport.

Gillian Pinder, who scored the winning goal against Spain to take Ireland through to their first ever World Cup final, declared that it’s only the beginning for the team.

“We’ve now put ourselves on the map of where we want to be. We want to qualify for Tokyo. We definitely want to be there. It’s the start of a new journey,” she said after yesterday’s game.

If you’re in Dublin today, get yourself in to Dame Street and welcome home the incredible ladies of Irish hockey!