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Posts Tagged ‘ UL ’

The Rise Of Special Olympics Ireland

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November 25th 1963, the eyes of the world are firmly fixed on Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. A heroic figure has been cut down in his prime. A 42 year old woman stands idly by as she watches her brother lowered into the ground. Amidst the backdrop of her sibling’s successes, it is now her time to create some history of her own.

One year prior to the death of her brother Eunice Kennedy Shriver had a vision. She invited young people with intellectual disabilities to a day camp in her own back garden, sowing the seeds for the foundation of the Special Olympics – an organisation that would grow into a global movement and change the lives of millions. Eunice, saw opportunity where others saw barriers, and despite the personal tragedies that encapsulated her family she battled valiantly and secured a brighter future for all those born with intellectual disabilities. Continue reading

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Basketball : National Cup Finals Fail To Disappoint

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Friday night saw one of the greatest if not the greatest Womens Cup final of all time as UL Huskies were defeated in overtime by Team Montenotte Hotel Cork. A sold out crowd at the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght saw defending champions UL defeated as Irish coach James Weldon squared off against another Irish coach in Paul Kelleher. UL were chasing their third straight National Cup but it wasn’t to be although the girls from Limerick have to be praised for their spirited fight back having looked dead and buried at half time in this one.

The Men’s final was never going to outplay the Women’s fixture as UCC Demons comfortably got the better of shock cup finalists Dublin Inter. Inter , who are made up mainly of Lithuanian players , shot well from behind the three point line but after keeping in touch with their Cork counterparts for much of the first quarter they fell away as the game progressed. The game marked a fantastic achievement from Demons captain Shane Coughlin as he collected his fifth National Cup winners medal. Continue reading

Basketball : Irish Premier League Select Squad Announced

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The 12 players that will represent the Men’s Irish Premier League in Birmingham, England on January 12th have been announced.  Head Coach Mark Keenan revealed the squad yesterday in the Irish Daily Star following trials that have taken place over the past few weeks. Mark Keenan is set to be assisted by Jerome Westbrooks and Mike Hickey from Killester and UL Eagles respectively.

The twelve players listed below are set to take on the best in British Basketball in just over a weeks time. Coach Keenan has selected just four members of the squad that beat the English last year when they also played before the British Cup final, a result which was a major upset. Continue reading

Men’s National Cup Semi Final Draw Throws Up Intriguing Ties

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The draw for the Men’s National Cup Draw was made over the weekend on RTE Radio 1’s show “The Saturday Sports Show”. The draw spit out two fascinating match ups as UCC Demons are set to take on Killester while Bord Gais Neptune will square off against Dublin Inter. Continue reading

Irish Basketball Weekly Round Up

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There was a big coup for Basketball Ireland during the week as they managed to secure live radio coverage for the draw for the semi finals of the National Cup. The draw is set to take place on RTE Radio 1 at 3pm on Saturday, 14th of December. The Saturday Sports Show attracts thousands of listeners every Saturday and is sure to add to the excitement of what is Basketball’s major competition.

A producer on the programme Robbie Irwin had this to say upon the announcement. “We are delighted to enhance the promotion of the National Cup by including the live draw in our programme. RTE Radio has covered the various stages of the competition for many years and this is a natural extension to that coverage.” Continue reading

Irish Basketball Weekend Review

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The second legs in the Men’s National Cup ties proved to be even more exhilarating than first expected. A routine exercise was predicted to be carried out by UCC Demons when they made the trip to Dublin to take on the winless UCD Marian. However the small crowd that showed up for this one were in for a treat. Demons led by 29 points heading into the game having made full use of having home court advantage for the first leg last weekend.

Despite this massive lead it soon became clear that Marian were not about to just lie down and get beaten as the half time score read 63-39 which meant that it was truly game on, much to the dismay of anyone associated with Demons who clearly had hoped for an easy run out on this Saturday evening. With 4 seconds on the clock it looked like Barry Drumm’s 28 point performance had allowed Marian to complete one of the most sensational turn arounds in National Cup history. Continue reading

Irish International Basketball Returns With Welsh Exhibition Game

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The very best of the women and men of Ireland’s Premier League players will get an opportunity to represent the Emerald Isle when they take on a Wales selection team next Saturday in the National Basketball Arena. The woman’s team are set to take to the court for a 3 pm tip off whilst the men will play straight afterwards with a 5 pm tip off. Hopes are high for the men’s team after they recorded a massive upset back in January when they managed to travel to England and record a victory over our nearest rivals. Continue reading

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