Lisburn man Sean Murray will captain Ireland at this summer's Olympic Games in Paris

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Lisburn man Sean Murray will captain the Ireland hockey squad at this summer's Olympic Games. Murray is one of eight Ulster players called up for the Paris games.

Peter Brown, Peter McKibbin, Matthew Nelson, Johnny McKee, Tim Cross, Kyle Marshall and Michael Robson make up the rest of the Ulster contingent as the squad was announced. Having narrowly missed out on qualifying for the Tokyo Olympics, the men’s team last competed at the Rio Olympics, with two of that squad returning for the Paris Olympics, goalkeeper David Harte (Cork) and Shane O’Donoghue (Dublin).

The team clinched one of the coveted places at the Final Qualification event in Valencia earlier this year, when they defeated Korea 4-3 in a scintillating final match. Murray said it was "an honour" to be part of the squad heading to Paris.

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“This is a hugely exciting moment for us as players, and it’s an honour to be able to represent this team and our country at the highest level of our sport," he said. "The team and the wider group have worked so hard to get here. No doubt the experience will stay with us forever but right now, we just want to get out there and compete.”

International head coach and former Banbridge boss, Mark Tumilty, said those selected have earned their opportunity. “We’re delighted to announce the team today, those selected have earned this opportunity and it’s a moment for them and their families that they deserve," he said.

"I’ve always said the toughest part of my job is selecting only sixteen to compete, and our thoughts are also with those members of the group who have missed out on selection. I am proud of them all for getting us to where we are today.”

The hockey schedule runs from July 27 to August 9 – with Ireland facing Belgium, India, Australia, Argentina and New Zealand in Pool B.

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