Ireland national basketball team

Ireland

Republic of Ireland

FIBA Ranking T-75th
FIBA Zone FIBA Europe
National Federation Basketball Ireland
Coach Jay Larranaga
Olympic Games
Appearances 1
Medals None
World Championships
Appearances None
Medals None
EuroBasket
Appearances None
Medals None
Uniforms
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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 never qualified for the final stages of EuroBasket or the FIBA World Championship.

Contents

History

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 only once; in 1976 they finished bottom of the European qualification group.

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

Team PCT. W L PF PA Diff
 Georgia .875 7 1 738 549 +189
 Sweden .875 7 1 627 491 +136
 Slovak Republic .500 4 4 630 631 −1
 Ireland .250 2 6 616 663 −47
 Luxembourg .000 0 8 512 789 −277
 GEO  IRL  LUX  SVK  SWE
 Georgia 98–73 115–73 91–50 82–72
Ireland 77–94 100–83 88–95 50–66
 Luxembourg 65–98 70–97 63–76 51–96
 Slovak Republic 78–101 75–68 110–67 88–89
 Sweden 61–59 82–63 97–40 64–58 -
  • 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

Ireland National Basketball Team rosterG
4 Westbrooks, Aaron &1000000000000002400000024 - January 11, 1986(1986-01-11) 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) Free Agent
C 5 Killeen, Jason &1000000000000002900000029 - January 22, 1981(1981-01-22) 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) Cheshire Jets England
G 6 O'Boyle, Ian &1000000000000002600000026 - March 6, 1984(1984-03-06) 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) Neptune Cork Republic of Ireland
G 7 Westbrooks, Isaac &1000000000000002500000025 - April 2, 1985(1985-04-02) 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) Dart Killester Republic of Ireland
F 10 O'Reilly, Colin &1000000000000002100000021 - April 2, 1989(1989-04-02) 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in) Cheshire Jets England
G 12 Mullins, Bryan &1000000000000002300000023 - January 13, 1987(1987-01-13) 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) Champagne Basket Reims Chalons France
C 13 Williams, Mike &1000000000000002800000028 - January 21, 1982(1982-01-21) 2.11 m (6 ft 11 in) Free Agent
F 14 Grace, Conor &1000000000000002800000028 - January 31, 1982(1982-01-31) 2.05 m (6 ft 9 in) Norrköping Dolphins Sweden
C 15 Naughton, Justen &1000000000000002900000029 - July 31, 1981(1981-07-31) 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) Free Agent
G 21 Westbrooks, Michael &1000000000000002800000028 - October 26, 1982(1982-10-26) 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) Dart Killester Republic of Ireland
G 22 Kinevane, Scott &1000000000000002300000023 - March 31, 1987(1987-03-31) 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in) UL Eagles Republic of Ireland
F 24 Kelly, Patrick &1000000000000002700000027 - April 14, 1983(1983-04-14) 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) Dart Killester Republic of Ireland
Head coach

Jay Larranaga Republic of Ireland United States

Assistant coach(es)

Mark Keenan Republic of Ireland and Pat Price Republic of Ireland



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

Competitions

Performance at Summer Olympics

Year Position Tournament Host
1936 Basketball at the 1936 Summer Olympics Germany
1948 23 Basketball at the 1948 Summer Olympics Great Britain
1952 Basketball at the 1952 Summer Olympics Finland
1956 Basketball at the 1956 Summer Olympics Australia
1960 Basketball at the 1960 Summer Olympics Italy
1964 Basketball at the 1964 Summer Olympics Japan
1968 Basketball at the 1968 Summer Olympics Mexico
1972 Basketball at the 1972 Summer Olympics Germany
1976 Basketball at the 1976 Summer Olympics Canada
1980 Basketball at the 1980 Summer Olympics Soviet Union
1984 Basketball at the 1984 Summer Olympics USA
1988 Basketball at the 1988 Summer Olympics Korea
1992 Basketball at the 1992 Summer Olympics Spain
1996 Basketball at the 1996 Summer Olympics USA
2000 Basketball at the 2000 Summer Olympics Australia
2004 Basketball at the 2004 Summer Olympics Greece
2008 Basketball at the 2008 Summer Olympics China

Notable players

Honours

See also

References

  1. ^ Duggan, Keith (24 February 2010). "Basketball Ireland pull plug on international sides". The Irish Times. http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/sport/2010/0224/1224265091401.html. Retrieved 24 February 2010. 

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