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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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.


  1. Joe Byrne

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    Had the pleasure of coaching the Irish boys team in the European U-11 Basketball Jamboree in the ‘Kings Hospital’ Secondary School, Dublin in 2001. It was a non-competitive event with 5 girls & 5 boys on each of the teams from the 8 participating countries.
    The Irish children were more than equal to any of the children from the other 7 countries, inc the Czech Republic, Sweden and France. Aiden O’Shea was part of the boy’s team and four of the five girls went on to play Super League (inc one Claire Rockall!). Kathleen Kelpie from Sligo was the girls coach and the 8 days we spend with the kids hugely enjoyable and their attitude and enthusiasm was exemplary!

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