Irish Hockey Association: The Ireland men will travel to Edinburgh on the 21 July to compete in the Celtic Cup and start a busy two weeks of international competition.

The matches are part of the sqaud’s continued preparation for the European Nations Trophy in Rome from 11-17 September. 

Ireland will begin the Celtic Cup on Friday 22 July against France. They will play Wales on Saturday 23 July and Scotland on Sunday 24 July. 

After the Celtic Cup, Ireland will then play Belgium in three Test matches starting 26 July. They will have one rest day before returning to Dublin on Friday 29 July to play Germany on 30 and 31 July. 

Denis Pritchard will be the head coach for the Celtic Cup, under the leadership of David Passmore, the national coach who wants to use the Celtic Cup to observe and assess the players from the stands. 

“The Celtic Cup is not one of our performance targets for this year and will therefore provide me with an ideal opportunity to watch several of the individuals closely with a view to selection for Rome,” Passmore said. 

“Some individual performances during the France matches in Lille has made selection very competitive, with some of the younger players doing very well. However, I am keen to see these players in a competitive tournament environment” commented Passmore.” 

“I am delighted to be given the opportunity to lead the squad at senior level in what is normally a highly competitive group of matches,” Pritchard said. 

“I have worked with many of the younger players before and will be interested to see how they cope at this higher level.”