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Niall is the Co-Founder of the Courtside Collective and www.BasketballDirect.com . He was one of the founding members of North Star in 2002. He has coached at a variety of levels from kids to senior men's teams. He is currently coach of the LYIT National League team and women's college team.

Podcast Ep 19: “Taps Aff!” – James Weldon and the Quinn Twins

In this episode we have a very Irish American feel as we talk to James Weldon about his recent trip to the USA where he toured some top college programmes and talked to some legendary coaches. Also make sure and check out James’ post on his trip here.

Then we talk to the Quinn twins formerly of Belfast Star who are now playing college basketball at Mayville State University in North Dakota to find out what life is like there, what colour are dragons and how to count to 5!

You Can Take Your Eurostep Back

James Weldon was recently in the states taking a tour of top college programmes and speaking to some legendary coaches and he kindly agreed to write this guest article for us. Also make sure and check out his interview on our latest Podcast here.

Podcast Ep 18: Mark Woods & Emmet Ryan – Irish National Cup & NBA London

We finally welcome Belfast man and the UK’s top basketball journalist Mark Woods onto the The Courtside Collective Podcast for a wide ranging discussion that spans from the Irish Superleague glory days right through to the present day.

Then Ball in Europe’s Emmet Ryan comes on to breakdown the Irish Cup Semi Finals with Niall and Mark.

Please note we recorded this Podcast on the road so some slight audio issues – apologies!

 

Podcast Ep 17: Top 10 Moments in Irish Basketball of 2016

A special end of year Podcast this time as Niall and Mark take a look back on the year that was 2016 and run down what we see as the top 10 moments in Irish Basketball. Did we get it right? What did we miss out? Let us know through Twitter , Facebook and Snapchat.

 

Podcast Ep 16: Basketball’s Coming Home with Andy Gill & Aidan O’Shea

In this episode we discuss the fantastic news about the u18b Women FIBA European Championships coming to Ireland in the summer of 2017 with head coach of the u16 programme Andy Gill. How well can Ireland do and how much of an advantage is having the Championships at home?

 

We also have Mayo GAA star player Aidan O’Shea on to talk about why he came back to basketball and how the season is going with the Sligo All-Stars in the National League.

 

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Photo Credit Jordan Cummins – Check him out on Facebook!

 

Podcast Ep 15: Outsiders; Conan Doherty & Eric Benedick

In this episode we speak to Conan Doherty, features editor at SportsJoe.ie , about the perception of Basketball in Ireland, how the sport can break into the mainstream and the recent GAA crossover stars.

We also talk to Eric Benedick about his extraordinary journey to becoming a professional basketball player.

NBA London 2017 – The Ultimate Guide

So the NBA is coming back for their annual trip to London in January 2017 when the Denver Nuggets will play the Indiana Pacers in the only regular season NBA game that takes place overseas.  Every year from the initial announcement until the day of the game itself we get lots of questions through our social media accounts and year on year the same questions are repeated so we thought it might be a good idea to throw together a handy guide which will hopefully answer all your questions in advance! If we have missed anything out just hit us up on Facebook / Snapchat / Twitter or E-mail .

Podcast Ep 14: Super League and the start of the College Season

After a longer than anticipated break we are back with our latest podcast! Niall and Mark talk about the Irish Super League season and Martin Conroy joins on the phone to discuss all things College basketball before we finish up reminiscing about some old Varsities memories.

Podcast Ep 13: Irish Superleague 2016 Preview with Mark Nagle & Mark O’Leary

The new season is almost here so we break down the comings and goings during the off-season of the Irish Basketball Superleague with Niall & Mark O’Leary.

We also talk to Mark Nagle about his decision to return to DCU saints and his thoughts on the upcoming season. Did we miss any big transfer news? Let us know! The Podcast is here! Spread the word….

 

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