Fans of existing books on Irish basketball, such as the history of Neptune or Rus Bradburd’s “Paddy on the Hardwood” will be exited to learn that Belfast Star are publishing a commemorative book as the club celebrates its fiftieth anniversary. A press release issued by the club is copied below, including details of the launch at Belfast Castle this Wednesday!
Belfast Star Basketball Club launches commemorative book to mark half century of success: “Loving the Game for 50 Years”
Belfast Star – Northern Ireland’s leading basketball club – is launching a new book to mark its 50th anniversary.
The book charts the club’s journey from humble beginnings in Star of the Sea Youth Club on the Shore Road, through the heady successes of the late 1990s when they dominated the senior Irish game at a national level, and right up to the end of the current 2014-15 season.
The launch takes place in Belfast Castle on Wednesday 24th June. Former players and basketball dignitaries from all over Ireland will be in attendance.
Club Chairman Bill McCotter was one of those who helped compile the 140-page book. “Star has a tremendous story to tell,” he said. “It’s a club that rose quickly, brought together players from across the city and shaped them into a team that at times was almost unbeatable at the height of the basketball boom in Ireland.”
Down through the years, Belfast Star won scores of Ulster and National titles at all age levels. The club has produced two of the most capped Irish internationals in Adrian Fulton and Gareth Maguire, while American Imports such as Javan Dupree and John Leahy quickly became part of the “Star family” both on the court and off it.
Bill McCotter said: “It has been a great team effort to produce this massive collection of memories, match reports, press clippings and photographs.
“We’ve had wonderful contributions from some of our famous American professional players as well as from our coaches, players and administrators of the game at both local and national levels.”
The book is available online at www.belfaststar.org as well as from selected shops in Belfast.
PHOTOGRAPHERS AND JOURNALISTS ARE INVITED TO THE ATTEND LAUNCH OF BELFAST STAR BOOK IN:
BELFAST CASTLE – 7.00PM, WEDNESDAY 24 JUNE
Bill McCotter, Club Chairman: 07748 187 917
Danny Fulton, Club Secretary 028 9083 6659
Brian O’Fril, PRO: 07970 253 809
The book is available online at www.belfaststar.org as well as from selected shops in Belfast. See website for details.
Background Information: Club Website: www.belfaststar.org