Irish Basketball Legend to visit Belfast for International Tournament

Ulster Elks host Irish Sporting Heroine and her beloved Hawks

Susan Moran, arguably one of the most high profile yet unrecognized sporting stars Ireland has ever produced, will be making a nostalgic trip home this August with the Saint Joseph’s women’s basketball team (the Hawks), Philadelphia, as they embark on an 11-day pre season tour. Susan, a native of Tullamore, Co Offaly and the all-time leading scorer in Saint Joseph’s basketball history, enters her 10th season as an assistant coach on Hawk Hill.

The Hawks will play four international contests against some of the top teams in Ireland, while taking in some of Ireland’s most beautiful sites around Galway, Cork, Dublin and Belfast.

Arriving in Belfast on Monday 20th August the Hawks will play an Irish Women’s Select team at 6.30pm on the Elks home court at UUJ and Barking Abbey from London at 6.30pm on Tues 21st. Local girl and Ulster Rockets star Mairead Mc Nally will kit out for the Ireland Select team against the Hawks. Mairead will also be on court on Sunday when the Irish Select take on Barking Abbey at 3.30pm.

Susan Moran in action for Ireland

Susan Moran in action for Ireland

As a Hawk, Susan, started all 122 games in her career and is the only player in SJU history to lead the team in both scoring and rebounding for four consecutive seasons. An Honorable Mention All-American by the Associated Press and the WBCA in 2002, Moran scored 2,340 points and holds seven other school records, including career marks for free throws made and field goals made. She ranked fourth in the United States in scoring (23.3 points per game) as a final year student at college. The epitome of the term “student-athlete,” Moran was a two-time Academic All-American and was twice the Atlantic 10’s Student-Athlete of the Year.

In 2008 Moran became just the second woman in Saint Joseph’s basketball history to have her jersey (No.10) retired. She was inducted into the Saint Joseph’s Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 2008, the Philadelphia Big 5 Hall of Fame in 2009 and the SJU Athletic Hall of Fame 2010.

Following her college career, Moran spent time playing for the WNBA’s New York Liberty and professionally in Spain, New Zealand and Australia. In 2005, Moran earned MVP honors of the Women’s National Basketball League in New Zealand after leading the Canterbury Wildcats to the league title. In the summer of 2006, Moran earned MVP honors of the Queensland Australia Basketball League as a member of the Rockhampton Cyclones.

It is fair to say that Susan is Irish Basketball’s most prestigious and accomplished export, male or female. The Courtside Collective will have extensive coverage of the event so stay tuned for further updates and news!


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Niall is the Co-Founder of the Courtside Collective and . 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.

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