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Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, is currently visiting Ireland for a few days and has had a very busy schedule; between Sock Wars with Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, trying out our national sport of Hurling, meeting President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins and taking in the joys of running in Dublin's Phoenix Park with the Taoiseach. However, his schedule has facilitated the mention of our wonderful Flying Ducks on not 1 but 2 occasions; at 2 very high profile events. One at Farmleigh Estate and the other at the Gala Dinner held in his honour.

Prime Minister Trudeau made a point of commenting on the visit of our team to Montreal in March this year for our 10-day hockey trip which included an opportunity to take part in the St Patrick's Day parade in front of over 500,000 people. The team got to meet PM Trudeau and Lord Mayor of Montreal Denis Coderre in Montreal thanks to the huge efforts by our colleagues in the United Irish Societies of Montreal. He commented on the fact that the Irish and Canadians have a lot in common and that the children are our future. How right he is. Our Flying Ducks players got to live with their Canadian host families and live the Canadian life. It was truly life changing stuff. Our hosts were coordinated through our dear friends at Somang Hockey. An article in the Summer 2017 edition of Celtic Canada's magazine has a big article about the trip; it's well worth a read.

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The Flying Ducks are proud to inform our global supporters of the wonderful article about our clubs recent 10-day hockey trip to Montreal, Canada. Almost 50 Flying Ducks players, coaches, parents, family members and supporters travelled to Montreal for the trip of a lifetime. Check out the article from page 18 HERE and taste the passion for the sport of hockey.

 A huge thanks to Eleanor and the entire team at Celtic Canada for publishing the article.

twitter logoNot only our Facebook page is getting a lot of attention at the moment but so is our Twitter channel. The Flying Ducks Twitter page has gotten the sevenhundredth 'Follow' - thanks everybody.

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Did Ice Hockey originate in Ireland? This topic has fuelled numerous heated debates throughout the years, with a widely held belief that Ice Hockey was brought to North America by emigrant hurlers adapting their skills to their new environment. If you don’t believe us check out the recently made documentary The Puck of the Irish which examines the origins of the sport.
https://www.thestar.com/sports/hockey/2017/03/02/documentary-puck-of-the-irish-traces-hockeys-irish-roots.html

The links were re-emphasised by the recent episode of RTEs “The Toughest Trade” where hurler Lee Chin swapped the sliotar for the puck when he lined out with the Vancouver Canucks, swapping places with Ice Hockey star Alex Auld who pulled on the jersey of Lees club Faythe Harriers in Wexford. It’s well worth a watch.

Imagine then that The Republic of Ireland is the only European country without a permanent ice rink! Most Irish Ice Hockey fans may be familiar with the Belfast Giants Ice Hockey Club which competes in the English Elite Hockey League, but what most Irish people do not know is that there are hundreds of Ice Hockey players in Ireland today, hundreds of Irish Ice Hockey players that do not currently have a home. However this does not stop a dedicated bunch of junior and senior players from playing and promoting the sport of Ice Hockey in Ireland. Take a look at the Irish Ice Hockey Association’s (IIHA) promotional video https://youtu.be/vky27CILwkM

Practice Location:
Mountview Community Centre
Lohunda Downs
Dublin 15
Practice Times:
Junior Inline: Saturday's 9.00 to 12.00

 

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