Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Shane Ross expects to reveal details of the extra €1.5m in sport funding he announced in the wake of Ireland's silver medal at the Hockey World Cup as early as next week.

At the homecoming on Monday, Ross declared that "hockey will enjoy a significant share of that" and has promised to announce a breakdown of the funding once the Sport Ireland board has met.

The sum he announced for "Olympic and World Championship preparation" on Monday is money to be spent by the end of this year rather than an identical sum previously projected for 2019.

In July, Minister Ross had signalled his intention to include an extra €1.5m for high-performance programmes in next year's budget but the funds for 2018 are a one-off windfall to be allocated by Sport Ireland.

The money is available following a €12m dividend to the State paid by the Irish Aviation Authority earlier this year.

Mr Ross said in a statement: "We are aware that there is an urgent need for additional funding for those preparations, particularly in Sports where our medal hopes are high and the final preparations are crucial and costly.

"Sport Ireland are aware that certain sports, including hockey, are in need of additional funding. Sport Ireland has been asked to expedite its process to allocate the additional 2018 funding of €1.5m as soon as possible. We expect the funding will be used for direct athlete support, competition support, Tokyo camps and preparations, High Performance programmes support and equipment. 

"Minister (Brendan) Griffin and I will announce the details of the distribution of the €1.5m as soon as possible, possibly as early as next Monday, once the Board of Sport Ireland have considered and approved the allocations."