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4 New Hall of Fame Inductees Announced for 2013 / 2014 Irish Hoc   19/02/2014

Irish Hockey are delighted to announce four new inductees have been selected for entry to the Irish Hockey Hall of Fame. The official induction will take place at the upcoming Irish Hockey Awards set for Friday March 21st at the Stillorgan Park Hotel. (Shortlists and winners for other awards will be announced over the next few days).

 Jimmy Kirkwood, Joanne Menown, John McKee and Noelle Branagan will join other hockey greats of the game as the Hall of Fame enters its eight year (full list of Hall Of Fame).

 2013 / 2014 Hall of Fame Inductees’ Details

Jimmy Kirwood (Queens/Belfast YMCA/Lisnagarvey) is one of the most exciting forwards to have played for Ireland winning 130 caps and scoring 36 goals. Jimmy also one a gold medal at the Seoul Olympics in 1988 playing for Great Britain. His International career was most distinguished having represented Ireland in European Cups in 1987 (Moscow); 1991 (Paris); and 1995 (Dublin) as well as Intercontinental Cups in 1981 (Malaysia); 1985 (Barcelona); 1989 (USA) and 1993 (Poland) as well as the World Cup in Pakistan in 1990.     The highlights of his illustrious career were the Seoul Olympics, the World Cup in Pakistan and the European Cup in Dublin where he helped Ireland to reach an unprecedented fifth place.

 Joanne Menown (Ards & Ulster) made her debut for Ireland on 25th September 1982 against the USA in an International Quadrangular Tournament at Durham University.  During her illustrious hockey career she proved to be an outstanding attacking player with excellent pace and skill and an ability to score goals from any angle.   She was a member of the team that won the 1983 Intercontinental Cup in Kuala Lumpur – probably Ireland’s most monumental victory in International hockey.   In 1984 she played in the 1st European Cup in Lille as well as the 2nd European Cup in 1987 in London.  In 1986 she also played in the 6th Women’s Hockey World Cup in Amsterdam.   

 John McKee At U21 Level John McKee won a silver medal at the 1978 European U21 Championships in Dublin and finished 8th at the first U21 Junior World Cup in Versailles. John (Belfast YMCA/Holywood 87/Banbridge) made his international debut in June 1980 in a 4-Nations Tournament in Aberdeen and went on to win 108 Irish caps and 40 Indoor caps in a distinguished hockey career.    A talented, versatile player, he was equally skilful in both defence and attack.   In 1981 he was in the squad for the 2nd Intercontinental Cup in Kuala Lumpur where Ireland reached the semi-finals.    He played in two Intercontinental Cups – Barcelona 1985 and New Jersey 1989 and two European Championships – Moscow 1987 and Paris 1991.   He also featured in the 1990 World Cup in Lahore and the Olympic Qualifying Tournament  in New Zealand in 1991.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

 Noelle Branagan (Muckross, Pegasus & Leinster) won her first International Cap against the Netherlands in Dublin in 1981 and went on to have an illustrious international career winning 54 Irish caps. Her timing both in tackling and in distribution to her forwards was outstanding.

She was a member of the team that won the 1983 Intercontinental Cup in Kuala Lumpur – probably Ireland’s most monumental victory in International hockey. In 1984 she played at the 1st European Women’s Cup in Lille. Noelle captained the team in 1985 to a memorable 1-0 win over England in Dublin - their first home international match played on an artificial surface, and in 1986 to the 6th Women’s World Cup in Amsterdam.

 For more information on the awards please click here

Tickets for the event are 50Euro and can be purchased by calling 01 7163264 / katie.oneill@hockey.ie

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