Holly Jenkinson

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Alma materUniversity College Dublin (UCD)
OccupationHockey Player

Holly Jenkinson is an amateur international Irish athlete competing in hockey, indoor hockey, netball, and tag rugby. During the early 2010s she was a member of the Railway Union team that won three league titles. In 2012–13 Jenkinson was a member of the Railway Union team that won a national double, winning both the Irish Hockey league and the Irish Senior Cup, as well as the Jacqui Potter Leinster Cup.


Jenkinson comes from a strong line of sporting heritage. Both parents were talented athletes, and both grandfathers played GAA football for Dublin and Meath. Her siblings have also competed nationally and internationally in athletics, netball, and rugby.

Field Hockey


During her years studying and playing hockey in University College Dublin (UCD), Jenkinson won the Leinster Jacqui Potter Cup,[1] the Irish Senior Cup[2], and secured qualification for the Irish Hockey Leagues[3]. In 2009, Jenkinson scored the second goal when they won the Irish Senior Cup, defeating experienced favourites Pegasus 4-1 in UCD, Belfield. UCD had not won the competition in 58 years.[2]

Railway Union

In 2009–10, together with Emer Lucey, Cecelia and Isobel Joyce, Kate McKenna and Nicola Evans, Jenkinson was a member of the Railway Union Sports Club|Railway Union team that won the Women's Irish Hockey League title.[4][5][6] Jenkinson also played for Railway Union in the 2010 Irish Senior Cup final as they lost to Loreto after a penalty shoot-out.[7] In 2012–13 Jenkinson was a member of the Railway Union team that won a national double, winning both the Irish Hockey League[8] and the Irish Senior Cup, as well as the Jacqui Potter Leinster Cup. Grace O'Flanagan was also a member of this team.[9][10] Jenkinson was also a member of the Railway Union team that finished as Irish Hockey League runners up in 2013–14.[11] Jenkinson has represented Railway Union in European club competitions,[12] including winning bronze at the EuroHockey Club Champions Trophy in 2011 in Dublin, and 6th at the 2014 EuroHockey Club Champions Cup in 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands.[13][14]


Jenkinson has had a successful indoor club career with Railway Union, winning the Leinster League and representing Ireland in European Club Championships on 3 occasions. Jenkinson plays a leadership role generally named as captain or vice-captain. Railway Union have won the Leinster Indoor League for more than 10 consecutive years. They have won the All-Ireland Indoor League five times across 2011 and 2019-2023. As a result of winning the All-Ireland League, Jenkinson and Railway Union have participated in EuroHockey Club Indoor Trophy, winning silver in 2023 in Cambrai, France,[15] and secured promotion to the A Division for 2024. Jenkinson has also competed in EuroHockey Club Championships in Bratislava in 2012, 1st place,[16] and Porto in 2020, 2nd place,[17] securing promotion on both occasions.

Olympic Club

Jenkinson completed a brief stint in the USA and was a member of the Olympic Club field hockey team. Her team won the Four Goals Cup in 2016. Jenkinson also competed in the annual CalCup competitions in Los Angeles.

Ireland Hockey

Ireland A

Since 2009, Jenkinson has been included in Ireland A squads, and has competed against Germany and Scotland.


In 2021-2022, Jenkinson was selected for the Irish Senior Women's Indoor team. She was selected to play a 3 game series against Scotland in December 2021. In January 2022 she travelled to Ourense, Spain to compete in the EuroHockey Indoor Championship II.[18] Ireland came 6th. Jenkinson was also selected to play a 6 games series against South Africa in Ireland[18] that year, but missed out due to an injury sustained in an outdoor game just two weeks before the series. She was also chosen to play in the Pro Series Indoor (PSi) Hockey Showdowns alongside internationals like Donja Zwinkels and Sophie Bray. Jenkinson was previously named as a non-travelling reserve for the Irish Indoor team in 2020 for a South Africa tour and European Championship in Bratislava.

Masters Hockey

Jenkinson started playing International Masters hockey in 2022 and has 15 caps for Ireland, and has won a World Cup silver medal and a European gold medal in the O35's Women's Masters Hockey.[19]



Jenkinson has secured 15 caps for the Republic of Ireland national netball team playing GD, WD, and GK in 2019 and 2020. She has played in the Singapore Nations Cup,[20] Netball Europe Championship and Challenges.

Ireland U17 and U19

Jenkinson played underage representative netball for the Republic of Ireland from 2000-2005 competing in European Championships. She was first picked for the U17 team aged just 14. She played GA, GS, and C.

She currently plays for St.Anne's netball club[21] in Wesley College and has won the national league for the previous 4 years.

Tag Rugby

Jenkinson burst onto the international tag rugby scene in 2018 and was selected for the women's team for the Tag Rugby World Cup[22] in Coffs Harbour, Australia, winning a silver medal. She has competed in 5 British and Irish Cups, 1 International Tag Series, and 2 World Cups, amounting to 33 caps. She won a bronze medal at the 2023 World Cup in Limerick, Ireland.[23]


Field hockey

Railway Union

  • Women's Irish Hockey League
    • Winners: 2009–10, 2011–12, 2012–13
    • Runners Up: 2013–14
  • Irish Senior Cup
    • Winners: 2012–13
    • Runners Up: 2009–10


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  2. 2.0 2.1 "UCD News - UCD Women's Hockey blaze way to first national title in 58 years". www.ucd.ie. Retrieved 2023-11-14.
  3. "The Hook - Leinster Hockey's Only blog". hookhockey.blogspot.com. Retrieved 2023-11-16.
  4. "Hockey: History for Railway". Independent.ie. 2010-05-17. Retrieved 2023-11-14.
  5. "No stopping Railway at full steam". The Irish Times. Retrieved 2023-11-14.
  6. Findlater, Stephen (2010-05-16). "Emphatic Railway claim maiden outdoor title". The Hook - Leinster Hockey's Only blog. Retrieved 2023-11-14.
  7. Findlater, Stephen (2010-05-09). "Loreto strike gold in stellar encounter". The Hook - Leinster Hockey's Only blog. Retrieved 2023-11-14.
  8. "Sportsfile - Loreto Hockey Club v Railway Union - Electric Ireland Irish Hockey League Women's Final Photos | page 1". www.sportsfile.com. Retrieved 2023-11-14.
  9. "Railway Union claim Cup at Belfield". 2013-03-24.
  10. "Delany strike sees Railway Union complete the trophy set with controlled Irish Senior win | Hook Hockey". 2014-07-27. Archived from the original on 2014-07-27. Retrieved 2023-11-14.
  11. "Sportsfile - UCD v Railway Union - Irish Senior Women's Hockey League Final Photos | page 1". www.sportsfile.com. Retrieved 2023-11-14.
  12. "Euro joy for Railway and UCD as men's EHL place hangs in balance | Hook Hockey". 2013-12-14. Archived from the original on 2013-12-14. Retrieved 2023-11-14.
  13. "Railway produce first draw with German opposition but fall short on penalties | Hook Hockey". 2014-04-26. Archived from the original on 2014-04-26. Retrieved 2023-11-14.
  14. "Joyce getting used to mixing it with world's best as Railway take on Dutch giants Den Bosch | Hook Hockey". web.archive.org. 2014-04-19. Retrieved 2023-11-15.
  15. "Railway secure silver at EuroHockey Club Indoor Trophy Tournament – Hockey Ireland". 2023-02-19. Retrieved 2023-11-14.
  16. "TSV Mannheim crowned European indoor champions | FIH". www.fih.ch. Retrieved 2023-11-14.
  17. "Railway Union stay on track to win silver at Porto". The Irish Times. Retrieved 2023-11-14.
  18. 18.0 18.1 "Irish women take on Euro indoor second tier challenge in Spain – Hockey Ireland". 2022-01-20. Retrieved 2023-11-14.
  19. "Ireland O35 Women – World Masters Hockey".
  20. "M1 Nations Cup 2019".
  21. "Find a Team – Netball Ireland".
  22. "International Tag Football Federation - Tag World Cup 2018". www.internationaltagfootball.com.
  23. "Tag Rugby World Cup kicks-off as 17 nations compete in Limerick tournament".

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