Huge outpouring of support for Ireland Hockey team following World Cup final
The Ireland team made it to the final, and we should be incredibly proud of their achievement.
Both Michael D. Higgins and Leo Varadkar got on board with supporting the team on Twitter.
The Irish side went up against the Netherlands, who have now won the tournament seven times, and under some sweltering heat in London, ended up losing the game 6-0.
That score can feel a little misleading however, as there no never a moment in the match when it felt like the Irish side had given up, even for a moment, and they continued to keep the Dutch side on their toes throughout.
Once the final score was settled, everyone took to social media to pledge their support to the incredibly talented and passionate team.
President Higgins has offered his “warmest congratulations to the Irish women‘ s hockey team on their historic achievement of winning the silver medal at the World Cup.”
Full statement: pic.twitter.com/hCcpDaeMue
— President of Ireland (@PresidentIRL) August 5, 2018
Tough luck today but the #GreenArmy have inspired the country and made themselves legends of Irish sport. @irewomenhockey #HWC2018 https://t.co/pzXYkl8eJu
— Leo Varadkar (@LeoVaradkar) August 5, 2018
Hoping this historic performance from the Irish women today will keep the prevalence of women’s sports growing in the media.
School rugby was the fella’s equivalent to school hockey growing up & the fanfare the media made about it vs gals hockey etc was so disheartening. #HWC18
— Fionnuala Moran (@FionnualaMoran) August 5, 2018
#HWC18... Regardless of result so proud of Irish Women's Hockey Team. #irishhockey #irelandhockey pic.twitter.com/iSpntMn8BZ
— Dr. Eddie Murphy (@dreddiemurphy) August 5, 2018
Anybody who is now slagging off this great bunch of women, should just crawl back under their rock. I am so proud of what they’ve achieved with absolutely no funding or government support. Take a bow ladies. #COYGIG #IrishHockey #HWC18
— Give life, give blood (@KarlCarpo) August 5, 2018
Can be 20-0.... Don't care. Still delighted and proud to be Irish because of these ladies.#HWC18
— Tom Murphy and 1,573 others (@DeVore) August 5, 2018
I’ll never understand why people have an issue with bandwagon jumpers.
There’s NOTHING to be ashamed about getting behind our women’s hockey time given their amazing performances in the #HWC18.
We can’t all love & follow all our national sports teams at all times.
— Mark Breen (@mark_breen) August 5, 2018
"They [the Irish women] seem to be coming out fighting," says a surprised commentator on RTE 2FM. Of course they are: they're Irish, they're women and they have sticks. #COYGIG #HWC18
— Paul McFadden (@PJMcFaddenDerry) August 5, 2018