Fulton grateful as Ireland Games build-up plans get cash injection
The Ireland men's hockey team have received a significant cash boost from the Olympic Council of Ireland which will go towards making up a funding shortfall as they prepare for Rio.
The OCI has contributed €50,000 as the sport's governing body attempts to raise more than four times that amount in order to prepare Craig Fulton's squad properly for what will be Ireland's first appearance at an Olympics since 1908.
Fulton has estimated that it will take €220,000, in addition to Irish Sports Council funding already pledged, for his players to undertake build-up plans, continuing with four ties against Korea in Dublin next week.
Irish Hockey has planned a number of fund-raising projects, including a corporate dinner in Dublin and a golf day at Carton House in Kildare later this week so the OCI money will be a very welcome addition to the coffers.
Fulton said: "We are very grateful for this generous contribution from the OCI. This is an invaluable injection supporting our preparation to compete against the best teams in the world at the Olympic Games."