The Green Machine have moved into the top ten in the world rankings as they continue to ride the crest of a wave after their road to Rio.
Craig Fulton's men further enhanced their reputation in Brazil, beating Canada 4-2 and only exiting at the group stages after giving eventual champions Argentina a real game in a 3-2 defeat.
They became the first Irish hockey team to play at a Games since 1908, but had to embark on a major fundraising drive ahead of their trip.
Only seven of the 27-man squad are full-time players, with the rest trying to balance elite sport with work or study.
Despite that, they have now moved to 10th in the International Hockey Federation rankings, leapfrogging Korea and Pakistan.
Argentina jumped five places to No 2 after their triumph. Theybeat Belgium 4-2 in the final to claim the Olympic title and win their country's first Games medal in men's hockey.