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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 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….

 

TCC Podcast Ep 12: TCC talk Irish International Basketball with Paul Kelleher

We talk with experienced international coach Paul Kelleher in this weeks Podcast about how the Irish international teams are doing this summer, his experiences with the senior women and his plans for Neptune.

Niall also talks to Andy about the crazy end of Ireland v England at the u16 Euro’sand discuss the difference between the state of basketball in both regions.

Meet the Team: Ireland u16 Women

Abby FlynnName: Abby Flynn
School / Club: St Angela’s / Waterford Wildcats
Position: Point guard
Favourite Irish Sports Person/People:
Ronan O Gara
Favourite Basketball Memory:
Getting my first cap for Ireland playing against Scotland
Fun fact you’ve learned about someone else on the team:
Alison is not a morning person!!!
If you could be someone else on the team for a day, who would it be and why?:
Maeve Cannon, so I could dunk it.

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