All they wanted for Christ­mas

The Irish Times - - The Best Of Times Women's Hockey World Cup 2018 -

Like all good sport­ing sto­ries, mu­sic man­ages to in­vei­gle its way into the tale at some point.

The Ire­land hockey team’s party piece, so to speak, is the Mariah Carey hit All I Want for Christ­mas Is You, which they sang on­stage at the home­com­ing on Daw­son Street, but it was a song adopted at the start of the tour­na­ment.

Deirdre Duke ex­plained the rea­son be­hind an un­usual song choice for the July/Au­gust time of year. “It started the day be­fore the US game; Zoe Wil­son said it was just like Christ­mas Eve. “We started singing it at our strength and mo­bil­ity ses­sion on the morn­ing of the first game and then it caught on be­cause ev­ery evening it felt like we were go­ing into Christ­mas Day. When you think about it that way, it makes a lot of sense.” Mariah Carey of­fered her sup­port on Twit­ter, hav­ing seen a clip of the girls’ per­for­mance on Daw­son Street. The Light­house Fam­ily’s High was also pop­u­lar with the squad.

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