The Harte family made a piece of Irish sporting history 13 years ago.

Goalkeeper David and his twin brother Conor made their debuts with the men's senior squad in France, while older sister Emer made her bow with the women's side on the same day.

Three internationals from the one Cork house, it was a quite a feat.

Flash forward to 2019, and David boasts a hard-earned reputation as one of the finest keepers in the game. He was named the International Hockey Federation Goalkeeper of the Year in 2015 and 2016, and can proudly call himself an Irish Olympian having shone at the Rio Games.

That taste of the big time made him hungry for more, and after watching Ireland Women capture the nation's imagination with their breathtaking run to the World Cup final last summer, he's feeling inspired. 

"There's a big buzz around hockey at the moment in Ireland," Harte told RTÉ Sport's Darren Frehill.

"We're riding the crest of a wave. The success that the women had at the World Cup, they really put hockey on the map in the mainstream media and the likes. And then there was the men's first appearance at a World Cup in over 30 years. We're looking forward to trying to push on now. We'd love to be in Tokyo in 2020."

On Monday, Ireland named their squad for the FIH World Series in Le Touquet, France, which starts on 15 June. 

The tournament is the first stage in the Olympic qualification process for the Irish men, with the top two teams from each FIH Series Finals securing a place in qualification events for Tokyo 2020, which will be held later this year.

"I think there's a great balance actually in the squad that's been chosen," Harte added.

"There's a blend of youth and experience with some new boys coming in who haven't yet played a world ranking event, and yet there's old some heads back in the fold as well, those who competed in Rio 2016 and so on. I'm really looking forward to getting over to France in June for that Olympic qualifying tournament. 

"This is an eight-team finals in France. You have to get to the final, finish in the top tow, to ultimately go on to the final Olympic qualifying event which is a two-match-playoff at the end of October, beginning of November, winner takes all for the ticket to go to Tokyo."

The Green Machine will take on Egypt, Scotland and Singapore in Pool A, with France, Korea, Ukraine and Chile in Pool B. 

Before that, Ireland tune up with games against the USA and France and will have an open training session for fans to attend on Friday 31 May in Lisnagarvey.

Ireland squad: David Harte, James Carr, Conor Harte, Jonathan Bell, John Jackson, Luke Madeley, Lee Cole, Paul Gleghorne, Shane O'Donoghue, Stephen Cole, Daragh Walsh, Neal Glassey, Matt Bell, Sean Murray, Eugene Magee, Matthew Nelson, Ben Walker, Michael Robson