A Weekend of Basketball Awards and Big Announcements

St. Joseph’s long established tradition of success on the basketball courts and coach, John Enright’s role in that success has been recognised at Saturday’s awards in Dublin. Mr. Enright is pictured here with another of his successful teams in 2006. Front row from left: Eilish McCarthy, Josephine Kerins, Shellagh Wrenn, John Enright, PE Teacher and Coach; Aoife Daly, Captain; Ciara O’Connell, Maedhbh O’Connor and Áine Kennedy. Back from left: Maura Conroy, Marie Keane, Christina Martin, Louise O’Connor, Bríd Íde Walsh, Sarah Maher, Terri Stack and Sharon McEllistrim. ©Photograph: John Reidy 9-2-2006
Dr. Martin McAleese making a presentation to Cordal native, Br. Tom Walsh at The Royal Hospital, Kilmainham in October 2006. Br. Tom’s contribution to basketball in De La Salle College in Waterford was recognised at Saturday night’s Basketball Ireland awards.

St. Mary’s Basketball Club has announced that St. Mary’s ladies senior team will compete in the National League Division One competition over the coming season.

This means that big time basketball will return to Castleisland and to the local community centre over the winter months.

That will be very welcome news for the legion of young and highly decorated fans throughout this and neighbouring parishes.

Collection of Awards

With a greater, per capita collection of awards, All-Ireland medals and titles at under-age levels in the area, the involvement of the senior ladies in such a high profile environment will spur another generation onto greater things in the years to come.

Tom McCarthy of The Central Bar was the main sponsor at the time of the club’s last great triumph in 2012 – and he’s back in there again in the same vital role. See sports pages for more.

The Basketball Ireland annual awards took place at the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght on Saturday night.

All Round Sporting Excellence

The awards recognised the sporting excellence of players, coaches, officials, administrators, clubs and schools across the country over the past season. There were over 40 awards presented on the occasion.

Significantly, for Castleisland, John Enright’s almost incredible record of basketball titles won as coach of the Presentation Castleisland teams over the past 30 years was recognised with an award.

De La Salle College

The De La Salle College, Waterford based, Cordal native, Br. Tom Walsh was presented with the Tom Collins Award by Basketball Ireland. This is a very prestigious honour which recognises his immense contribution to basketball at Post Primary schools level.

A spokesman for the school said, in commenting on Br. Walsh’s award, “Basketball would not exist in the southeast without Br Tommy. Thank you for your out-standing commitment to basketball in college.”

St. Mary’s AGM

St. Mary’s Basketball Club will hold its AGM on Monday, June 25th at 7.30pm in Castleisland Community Centre. Players, coaches and parents are encouraged to attend.


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