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Irish hockey team praised after loss in World Cup final

Tributes have been paid to Ireland’s female hockey team after they lost to the Netherlands in the World Cup final.

Tributes have been paid to Ireland’s female hockey team after they lost to the Netherlands in the World Cup final.

The Netherlands were crowned Hockey World Cup winners for an eighth time after a 6-0 win.

Despite their defeat, Ireland are expected to climb to 10th in the world ranking for the first time.

Politicians were quick to praise the side who have inspired the nation.

President Michael D Higgins said the underdog team had broken new ground.

“I wish to offer my warmest congratulations to the Irish women’s hockey team on their historic achievement of winning the silver medal at the World Cup.

“To reach the final was a fantastic accomplishment and to do so with such skill, dedication and team spirit is truly inspirational.

“This team has broken new ground for Irish hockey and Irish sport and their momentous achievement will encourage young women and men all around the island of Ireland to take up sport.

“For that, and for their success on the pitch, the team and support staff deserve all of our thanks.”

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar called the team legends of Irish sport.

Opposition leader Micheal Martin praised the coach Graham Shaw while Tanaiste Simon Coveney labelled the tournament “amazing”.

The Northern Ireland Office said the women should be incredibly proud.

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