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Tony McGaharan

Co-founder of The Courtside Collective, Tony has been a player, scorekeeper, referee, coach and MC. A true fan of the game! In 2009, he coached women's basketball in Sweden for a season with the Umeå Comets ("Udominate"). He then returned home and worked with PeacePlayers International, which uses the game of basketball to bring young people together from divided communities. Tony has since joined Google and has worked in Dublin, Singapore, and now London. He is now working to create a new basketball league to provide a better basketball experience for ballers in central London and with the added goal of engaging young people in the sport.

BallinEurope and WhyNotMe talk Neptune, Demons, and Downey

Emmett Ryan (BallinEurope) and Puff Summers (WhyNotMe Hoops) offer their thoughts on Neptune leaving the league and Roy Downey’s decision to play for local rivals, C&S Demons. Also, Ryan and Summers highlight Ireland’s recent success in China versus Russia while Ryan shares his excitement for the upcoming Hibernia initiative, which will see Ireland competing on the European stage.
Photo: Brendan Moran

Roy Downey: Everything Comes Full Circle? [+AUDIO]

Roy Downey explains how he learned to love the game, which players he aspired to growing up, and then concludes by answering the question, “What has happened to the great Neptune Basketball Club?”

Irish Basketball: Just One Perspective

Youth development, quality coaches, and Americans are all priorities for the growth of the Irish game, says Ciaran Mac Evilly. This is the second opinion piece in our series, “Irish Basketball: Just One Perspective”.

Susan Moran Talks Irish Hoops & National Team

Cool feature with Susan Moran, calling into a Midlands Radio show to talk Irish hoops and how she was named the No. 1 Greatest Irish Women’s Player of All-Time! Moran, who has been in the USA for over 14 years, also voices her disappointment over the removal of a Senior Irish National Team program.

O’Byrne’s Hopes for the Future of Irish Basketball

We, at TCC, are diggin’ the recent articles from the Irish Examiner’s Kieran Shannon. In this piece, he presents us with an insight into the mind of arguably the most important individual in Irish Basketball, Bernard O’Byrne.

“Demons Til We Die!” | Nat. Cup Champions, 2015

Demons’ captain, Shane Coughlan, is presumably waking up with a well deserved hangover, having won the National Cup last night for the 6th time.

TM Hotel Cork (Glanmire) Too Strong for Killester

The atmosphere in the arena was expectedly electric. Killester managed to hang within one point in the first half but they had no answer for a second half onslaught led by the Cup Finals MVP, Grainne Dwyer.

INTERVIEW: Kevin Foley (UCD Marian) & Aisling Sullivan (Killester)

Kevin Foley (UCD Marian), Aisling Sullivan (Killester), Emmet Ryan (BallinEurope.com) are joined by Ross O’Donohue (Basketball Ireland) in this UCD Sport featured Cup Preview.

LIVE Hangout: Dave Baker & James Weldon (Cup Preview)

TCC will be hosting its first-ever Live Google Hangout on Air. Tony McGaharan, TCC, will be joined by Dave Baker, Head Coach of Swords Thunder, and James Weldon, UL Huksies, to discuss the upcoming Men’s and Women’s Premier League National Cup Finals.