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Veteran Jermyn and boss Fulton to receive fond Ireland farewell

 

By Graham Hamilton

Ireland men will bid farewell to two of their stalwarts when head coach Craig Fulton and long-serving player John Jermyn end their association with the Green Machine at the three-game series against France in Cork later this week.

Fulton, who heads off to Belgium to become their assistant coach, has named virtually his full training squad for the games on Thursday at C of I's Garryduff ground (7pm) and Saturday and Sunday's games at UCC's Mardyke (both 2pm).

That means 13 of the 26 will come from Ulster, including six from Lisnagarvey - Jonathan Bell, Paul Gleghorne, Michael Robson, Matthew Nelson, Sean Murray and Neal Glassey.

Jermyn has decided to retire from international hockey after scoring 92 goals in 178 appearances and he'll make his final bow on his home ground.

"I can't think of a better way to call an end to my career than in front of a home crowd in Garryduff where I first started training 32 years ago with my hero Reg Treacy," said Jermyn.

It will be a heart-tugging, emotional weekend for Fulton, who will be handing over the reins after a successful venture that saw the team consolidate their place in the world's top 10 as well as winning European bronze for the first time, qualifying for the Rio Olympics, and now heading to the World Cup finals at the end of the year.

Ireland: David Harte, Mark Ingram, Jamie Carr, Jonathan Bell, Conor Harte, Paul Gleghorne, Stuart Loughrey, John Jermyn, John Jackson, Matthew Bell, Lee Cole, Michael Robson, Shane O'Donoghue, Chris Cargo, Daragh Walsh, Sean Murray, Neal Glassey, Eugene Magee, Peter Caruth, Mathew Nelson, Mitch Darling, Jeremy Duncan, Alan Sothern, Johnny McKee, Julian Dale, Owen Magee

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