Local players take part in Ice Hockey tournament

Marcus Heggestad-Kinsella from Ravensdale and Matt and Adam Rice from Bellurgan will be among the 120 kids from all over Ireland in Belfast, to take part in the first junior Ice Hockey tournament to be held in the Belfast Ice Dome.

Marcus Heggestad-Kinsella from Ravensdale and Matt and Adam Rice from Bellurgan will be among the 120 kids from all over Ireland in Belfast, to take part in the first junior Ice Hockey tournament to be held in the Belfast Ice Dome.

All three boys train with the junior roller hockey team in Redeemer Community Centre every Saturday, but who also travel to Belfast to play ice hockey every week.

The Ice Hockey tournament was the brain child of rink operator, Tony Kinsella, who lives in Dundalk and who has a young son himself and realises the importance of having kids involved in sport.

Currently there are no ice rinks in the South of Ireland, with the last closing its doors just after Christmas.

Since then some of these kids have travelled from Dublin to the Belfast Ice Dome to play the sport they love.

The Ice Dome is a new permanent ice rink on Linfield Road, which has programmes running for all levels and ages.