NBA moves All Star Game 2017 from Charlotte

The 2017 NBA All-Star Game was given to the city of Charlotte in North Carolina, the home of the Charlotte Hornets franchise, on 22 June 2015.  Just over a year later, in a statement made on Thursday, the NBA decided to move the game and all the events that go with it, with New Orleans currently (at the time of writing) the favorite to host the festivities.

Meet the Team: Ireland u20 Women

The Irish u20 women are off to Montenegro for the European championships! We decided to get to know the squad a little better in advance of the tournament where they are in a group with Slovenia and the home nation Montenegro.

Make sure and checkout our Podcast interview with head coach Emer Foley and co-captain Aoife Whelan here.

Details on all of their games are in the Basketball Ireland Gamezone here.

Check out our Ultimate Guide to the European Championships which has details on where to keep up to date with the games and who to follow on social media. This will update as the tournaments progress.

Also the team will be taking over the TCC snapchat add it here and check out the official team snap chat here and team twitter here.

 

Number: 4

Name: Megan Connolly
DOB: 06-03-1996
Club: DCU Mercy
College/School: DCU

 

Favourite Irish Sports Person: Fionnuala Toner

 

Favourite Basketball Player: Sarah Woods

 

Best Basketball Moment: Winning the U19 Schools Cup with Portmarnock CS
What does Basketball mean to you: Ball is Life 😃
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Number: 5

Name: Princess O Adeogun
DOB: 10-04-1997
Club: Manchester Mystics
College/School: Loretto Sixth Form College
Favourite Irish Sports Person: Jimmy Ward

 

Favourite Basketball Player: Steph Curry & Allen Iverson

 

Best Basketball Moment: Being selected for the Irish U20’s. It will be my first time at the Euros

 

What does Basketball mean to you: My best example of a Love/Hate relationship. It’s pretty much the only thing that can help me forget about any problems I might have. It’s pretty much the only thing I have done since I was young and the only thing I know how to do. It’s allowed me to build up my character, making me who I am today.
Insta: princess_xo9 
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Number: 6

 

Name: Ruthie Leavey
DOB: 25-12-1996
Club: WIT Wildcats
College/School: UCD
Favourite Irish Sports Person: Katie Taylor (For being a woman who has achieved greatness at her sport)
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Favourite Basketball Player: Kawhi Leonard (Because of his influence both ends of the floor)
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Best Basketball Moment: Representing Ireland
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What does Basketball mean to you: It means commitment, intensity, going through both highs and lows and doing it all among friends for life..
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Number: 7

Name: Aoife Whelan

DOB: 04-01-1996
Club: Meteors
Favourite Irish Sports Person: BOD is God (Brian O’Driscoll)
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Favourite Basketball Player: Kyrie Irving
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Best Basketball Moment: I have 2; 1- Winning the All Ireland Schools Final in 2013. 2- Beating Luxembourg at the Euros 2014. And a sneaky 3- Captaining the U20 Irish Team
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What does Basketball mean to you: It means everything. I’ve been playing since I can remember. It’s my realise from everything else and I can’t imagine playing another sport. It’s also how I met my best friends, who are now my family.
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Snap: aoife496
Insta: aoife_496
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Number: 8

Name: Sarah Kenny
DOB: 24-01-1997
Club: Glanmire
College/School: UCC
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Favourite Irish Sports Person: Orla O’Reilly
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Favourite Basketball Player: Kobe Bryant
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Best Basketball Moment: Winning the U18 National Cup last year when I was Captain. It was my birthday and it was the best birthday ever 😂
What does Basketball mean to you: Basketball means a lot to me, it’s a huge part of my life and I love the game..
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Number: 9

Name: Nadine Rice
DOB: 29-07-1996
Club: Muckno Lakers
College/School: Our Lady’s Secondary School Castleblaney
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Favourite Irish Sports Person: Rob Kearney
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Favourite Basketball Player: Michelle Aspell
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Best Basketball Moment: Winning the National Intermediate Cup with my club.
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What does Basketball mean to you: Ball is Life
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Insta: nadinerice
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Number: 11

Name: Caoimhe Moore
DOB: 23-06-1996
Club: Killester
College/School: DCU
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Favourite Irish Sports Person: Sonia O’Sullivan
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Favourite Basketball Player: Steph Curry
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Best Basketball Moment: Winning the U20 National Cup Final
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What does Basketball mean to you: Basketball is one of the most important things in my life.
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Number: 12

Name: Ciara McCarthy
DOB: 02-09-1996
Club: IT Carlow Basketball
College/School: IT Carlow
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Favourite Irish Sports Person: Paul O’Connell
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Favourite Basketball Player: Tim Duncan or Kevin Durant
Best Basketball Moment: Probably moments after winning the U19 “A” Schools Cup Final last year, when it actually sunk in that we had won it.
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What does Basketball mean to you: For me, basketball means something because of the people it has allowed me to meet. The sport is great and all but it would be nothing without the people who make it great here. It has given me some of the best friend I could ever have asked for and allowed me to meet the likes of Grà and Niamh Dwyer who teach us all about heart and fire. And about being a great person and it’s for these reasons the sport means a lot!
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Number: 13

Name: Hannah McCarthy
DOB: 02-09-1996
Club: Glanmire
College/School: Colaiste Stiofain Naofa
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Favourite Irish Sports Person: Briege Corkery and Rena Buckley
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Favourite Basketball Player: Niamh Dwyer and LeBron James
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Best Basketball Moment: I’m between two. Either scoring the winning basket with 1.3 seconds left to win my first All Ireland with Christ King or winning the U19 “A” Schools Cup Final and my last All Ireland with my school and lifting the cup with the 6th years at the time including my twin!
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What does Basketball mean to you: It means a lot more to me than I could have expected a few years ago. It’s the friends and memories I’ve made that mean way more than basketball will. People I looked up to are teammates now and people I’ve only ever marked in matches are now my best friends. I owe basketball a huge thanks for that and of course a little bit of luck played a part too!
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Insta: hannmc_14
Twitter: hannmac14
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Number: 14

Name: Holli Dunne
DOB: 02-10-1996
Club: IT Carlow Basketball
College/School: DBS
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Favourite Irish Sports Person: Katie Taylor
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Favourite Basketball Player: Skylar Diggins
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Best Basketball Moment: My first time standing in my Irish gear for our National Anthem
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What does Basketball mean to you: I’ve a real passion for the game and also a love for the people I’ve met through it
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Snap: hol_dunne
Insta: holliad27
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Number: 15

Name: Kate O’Flaherty
DOB: 08-02-1996
Club: Meteors
College/School: IT Blanchardstown
Favourite Irish Sports Person: Katie Taylor
Favourite Basketball Player: Kobe Bryant/Steph Curry
Best Basketball Moment: Scoring the Buzzer Beater at U16’s to win the league against Meteors when I was playing for Templeogue. This ment we got to go to the All Irelands
What does Basketball mean to you: Ball is Life 😂😂🏀
Insta: kateofla4

 

 

Head Coach

Name: Emer Foley
DOB: 14-12-1985
Club: Drimnagh Dynamos
College/School: University of Southern Mississippi / Florida Southern College
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Favourite Irish Sports Person: Sonya O’Sullivan
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Favourite Basketball Player: Kobe Bryant
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Best Basketball Moment: Beating Portugal in my U20’s Tournament in Overtime in 2005. They had beaten us previously when I was on the junior women’s team with a half court shot to win the game by 1pt on the buzzer, so it meant a lot to beat them in Lithuania.
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What does Basketball mean to you: Basketball has been my life since I was 12. It was dream to play in the USA and my honour to play for Ireland. I have travelled the world with basketball and had the opportunity to coach many talented kids because of it. You could say basketball has thought me disciplines to get me where I am today

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Twitter: Coachfoley14
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Ass. Coach

Name: Martin (Kojack) Comroy
DOB: 05-07-1973
Club: IT Carlow Basketball
College/School: IT Carlow
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Favourite Irish Sports Person: Paul McGrath or Keith Wood
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Favourite Basketball Player: Larry Bird or Magic Johnson
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Best Basketball Moment: I’ve a few. The first two are easy. Watching my kids play and be involved in the game I love and watching them love it too. The next pains me a little 😂 Standing behind Jimmy Ward as he made a half court shot on the buzzer to help win IT Carlow our first ever Division 1 All Ireland College Final. It gave huge satisfaction to 9 years of hard work.
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What does Basketball mean to you: Basketball is my life. I get to share it with my family but it has also given me so many friendships. People from all different walks of life and from all over the world that without the sport I would never have met. I’m truly blessed and I love the game for this reason.
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13510924_1145592498865927_6033963285810564260_nAss. Coach

Name: Jimmy Ward
DOB: 18-07-1981
Club: IT Carlow Basketball
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College/School: Ohio State University/ IT Carlow
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Favourite Irish Sports Person: Jason Killeen
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Favourite Basketball Player: Reggie Miller
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Best Basketball Moment: The moments spent playing alongside my brother John (Editor’s Note – Don’t be modest Jimmy, this has to be up there! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Y2UTQFxxDc )
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What does Basketball mean to you: Everything… It embodies every emotion in life while providing the purest form of freedom between the lines😌
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Team Manager

Name: Noreen O’Connell
DOB: 03-08-1977
Club: UL
College/School: UL
Favourite Irish Sports Person: Katie Taylor & Thomas Barr
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Favourite Basketball Player: Suzanne Maguire and Diana Taurasi
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Best Basketball Moment: I have two. Standing for the National Anthem for the National Team and getting to rebound for Diana Taursai at the Olympics in London in 2012
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What does Basketball mean to you: Basketball means lifelong friendships and always learning and wanting to make things better

TCC Podcast Ep8: FIBA Small Countries Review, Jason Kennedy on Irish Wheelchair Basketball & Kevin Durant

With the FIBA Small Countries just over Niall and Andy take a look back at the tournaments and review Ireland’s performances. Were the tournaments a success and what is next for the international programmes?

We talk to Jason Kennedy, head coach of the Irish Wheelchair Basketball team, who are headed to their European Championships in Bosnia this Friday and also have details on how you can get your hands on a limited edition TCC reversible basketball jersey!

And of course with the week that is in it we talk Kevin Durant, NBA free agency and just what it means for next season in the NBA.

TCC Podcast Ep 7: Euro Small Countries, Plus Emer Foley & Aoife Whelan from Irish u20s

In the latest podcast Niall & Andy review how the Irish men and women have performed in the FIBA European Small Countries so far and preview the semi final match ups. We also talk to Irish u20 women head coach Emer Foley and player Aoife Whelan ahead of the European u20 championships next week in Montenegro.

And we wrap things up with some chat on the NBA Free agency speculation.

Subrscirbe and review on iTunes if you love us or even if you don’t! 😉

Ultimate Guide to the Basketball Euros! (For Irish Fans!)

A busy summer is ahead with 8 Irish international teams competing in European Competitions. Levels of coverage will differ from competition to competition but we aim to try and help keep you as up to date as possible with all the action across the continent. We recommend you bookmark this page and check in regularly as content will change and update in advance of each team setting off to try and fulfil their European dreams!

TCC Podcast Ep 6: Paul Dick & Puff Summers talk senior men at the Euros with NBA chat from Andy

We sit down with senior men standout Paul Dick and assistant coach Puff Summers to talk about the European Championships for Small Nations which start net week. Are Ireland ready to compete for a gold medal?

We also discuss the current state of Irish basketball, what Colin O’Reilly leaving for BBL means and take a look ahead to NBA free agency in the wake of the NBA finals.

TCC Podcast Ep 5: Mark Scannell, Grainne Dwyer, Irish u18s and Game 5 Preview.

In episode 5 we focus on the Irish senior women’s basketball team ahead of the European Small Nation Championships in a couple of weeks. We discuss preparation and  expectations with head coach Mark Scannell and chat to Grainne Dwyer about how the important the tournament is to her as well as finding out if she’d rather be an Obama or a Kardashian!

We discuss the excellent recent performances by the Irish u18 women and of course the NBA finals with a look ahead to game 5 and the effect of Draymond Green’s suspension. Also we answer a listener’s questions as Emmett Harkin got in touch through Facebook.