Basketball Ireland

  • Ballina’s Liam McHale is to be inducted into the Basketball Ireland Hall of Fame at a special ceremony in May.

    Basketball Ireland will celebrate its 75th anniversary in 2020 and, as part of the celebrations marking the history of the game, the organisation announced late last year that the Basketball Ireland Hall of Fame would be relaunched in 2019.

    Currently there are six B.I. Hall of Fame members – Fr. Joe Horan, Harry Boland, Tom Collins, Liam McGinn, Danny O’Connor and Paul Meany.

    Nominations were made by the public, with an independent nominations committee announcing the six final recipients who are: Siobhan Caffrey (nee Stapleton), Danny Fulton, Kelvin Troy, Susan Moran, Liam McHale and the late Paudie O’Connor.

    Chairman of the Board of Basketball Ireland, Fran Ryan, and President of Basketball Ireland, Theresa Walsh also extended their congratulations to the six recipients and their families.


  • Ballina's Liam McHale is to be inducted into the Basketball Ireland Hall of Fame.

    A ceremony will take place at the Croke Park Stadium on Saturday 11th May where six people will be inducted into the Hall of Fame.

    Basketball Ireland says Liam McHale is a household name throughout the country, for his contribution and prowess in both football and basketball.

    Siobhan Caffrey nee Stapleton, Danny Fulton, Kelvin Troy, Susan Moran and the late Paudie O'Connor are the other five being inducted into the Basketball Ireland Hall of Fame.


  • Basketball Ireland say they'll be issuing a return date for competitions as soon as possible.

    The sport is listed under phase 5 of the government's roadmap, meaning it cannot resume until August 10th.

    Basketball Ireland say they're working on new training plans and competition formats should they be required.

  • Basketball Ireland CEO Bernard O'Byrne claims indoor sports have become a government afterthought.

    Tuesday's announcement of an easing of restrictions in certain sports, came with no mention of those played indoors.

    Basketball Ireland are seeking clarity from the government, with the national teams due to play at this summer's European Championships without currently being able to train.

  • Basketball Ireland has welcomed today's announcement by FIBA to wait until May to make a decision on the hosting of the FIBA European Championship for Small Countries and youth competitions this summer.

    Ireland is due to host the FIBA Men’s European Championship for Small Countries in Limerick in June 2021, having postponed the tournament last summer due to Covid-19.

    Basketball Ireland CEO, Bernard O’Byrne, said: “This is a sensible decision by FIBA to give us all more time to assess where the land lies with Covid-19, both here in Ireland and in Europe. There will be a FIBA Board meeting in May when a final call will be made following consultation will all stakeholders and discussions with the various commissions, Medical, Youth and Competitions. Basketball Ireland will be working closely with FIBA to make the appropriate decision on the FIBA Men’s European Championship for Small Countries in Limerick.”

    Mark Keenan, Ireland senior men’s head coach, added: “This has been a challenging time for us all and naturally we’re all eager to put on the green jersey, represent our country and get back to playing basketball. We’d obviously love the opportunity to play the FIBA European Championship for Small Countries at home and shall continue to prepare accordingly while awaiting the decision from FIBA in May.”

  • Basketball Ireland announced ambitious plans during the week for 8 to 10 Centres of Excellence, which will be located nationwide. NUI Galway and Ulster University in Jordanstown are the first two Centres of Excellence to be confirmed, having signed an agreement with Basketball Ireland this month. Talks are ongoing with a number of other third level institutions, with further announcements in due course.

    Each Centre of Excellence will provide access to expertise, such as strength and conditioning, sports medicine, sports psychology, diet and nutrition, sports management and administration, coach development and training. They will also have media and meeting facilities.

    The Centres of Excellence will be used for national training camps for international sides, along with Basketball Ireland academies. There will also be the ability to host international fixtures, national senior competitions, intervarsity competitions, as well as local schools cups and blitzes.

    Swinford native Mike Murray Director of Basketball at NUI Galway, Aine McDonagh of NUIG Mystics and a Galway Ladies footballer along with Irish international and Titans star Malik Thiam joined us on Sunday Sport today to tell us more about the new Centre of Excellence.