Ireland national basketball team

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Ireland
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FIBA ranking T-75th
FIBA zone FIBA Europe
National federation Basketball Ireland
Coach Jay Larranaga
Olympic Games
Appearances 1
Medals None
FIBA World Cup
Appearances None
Medals None
EuroBasket
Appearances None
Medals None
Uniforms
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Light jersey
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Team colours
Light
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Dark jersey
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Team colours
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Ireland is a men's international basketball team representing the island of Ireland. It is organised by Basketball Ireland, with players from both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Ireland play their home matches at the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght, Dublin. The team has yet to qualify for the final stages of EuroBasket or the FIBA World Championship.

History[edit]

Ireland (white) against Luxembourg (blue) in 2009

Ireland's basketball association affiliated to FIBA in 1947. In 1948 the team was invited to the 1948 Olympic tournament in nearby London, from which many top sides were absent in the aftermath of World War II. The team finished last, losing every match heavily. Ireland were involved in Olympic qualification in 1972,1976, 1984 and 1988.

In 1988 Ireland finished runner-up in EuroBasket Division C. In 1993 the National Basketball Arena opened which became the team's new permanent home. Division C was hosted there the following year, and Ireland beat Cyprus 81–78 in the final to gain promotion to EuroBasket Division B. Ireland narrowly failed to win promotion to Division A in EuroBasket 2005, losing to Denmark by 4 points after having won the first game in Dublin by 10 points.

In February 2010, with Ireland in the midst of a serious economic decline, Basketball Ireland announced that it was €1.2m in debt and was deactivating its senior international squads to cut costs.[1]

EuroBasket 2009 Qualifying campaign[edit]

  • 15 Aug: Ireland 50–66 Sweden, National Basketball Arena, (Eurobasket B)
  • 19 Aug: Ireland 73–98 Georgia, Vere Basketball Hall, Tbilisi, Georgia (Eurobasket B)
  • 22 Aug: Ireland 100–83 Luxembourg, National Basketball Arena, (Eurobasket B)
  • 29 Aug: Ireland 68–75 Slovakia, Inter Arena Pasienky, Bratislava, Slovakia (Eurobasket B)

Current roster[edit]

Ireland National Basketball Team roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Age - DOB Ht. Club
G 4 Westbrooks, Aaron 24 – (1986-01-11)11 January 1986 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) Free Agent
C 5 Killeen, Jason 29 – (1981-01-22)22 January 1981 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) Cheshire Jets
G 6 O'Boyle, Ian 26 – (1984-03-06)6 March 1984 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) Neptune Cork
G 7 Westbrooks, Isaac 25 – (1985-04-02)2 April 1985 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) Dart Killester
F 10 O'Reilly, Colin 21 – (1989-04-02)2 April 1989 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in) Cheshire Jets
G 12 Mullins, Bryan 23 – (1987-01-13)13 January 1987 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) Champagne Basket Reims Chalons
C 13 Williams, Mike 28 – (1982-01-21)21 January 1982 2.11 m (6 ft 11 in) Free Agent
F 14 Grace, Conor 28 – (1982-01-31)31 January 1982 2.05 m (6 ft 9 in) Norrköping Dolphins
C 15 Naughton, Justen 29 – (1981-07-31)31 July 1981 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) Free Agent
G 21 Westbrooks, Michael 28 – (1982-10-26)26 October 1982 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) Dart Killester
G 22 Kinevane, Scott 23 – (1987-03-31)31 March 1987 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in) UL Eagles
F 24 Kelly, Patrick 27 – (1983-04-14)14 April 1983 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) Dart Killester
Head coach

Jay Larranaga

Assistant coach(es)

Mark Keenan and Pat Price



Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  • Injured Injured

Competitive record[edit]

Notable players[edit]

Honours[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Duggan, Keith (24 February 2010). "Basketball Ireland pull plug on international sides". The Irish Times. Retrieved 24 February 2010. 

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