St. Mary’s Announce Return to National Basketball League

At the National League involvement announcement in Castleisland on Monday morning were: St. Mary’s Basketball Club Chairman, Maurice Casey (left) pictured with Joan Nolan, St. Mary’s National League committee; Labhaoise Walmsley, club player; Fiona O’Connor, St. Mary’s National League committee and Tom McCarthy, The Central Bar, sponsor. ©Photograph: John Reidy
At The Fountain for the St. Mary’s Basketball Club announcement on Monday morning. Front: Fiona O’Connor, club committee (left) and Labhaoise Walmsley, club player. Back row: Liam Culloty, coach; Liz Galwey, club PRO; Tom McCarthy, The Central Bar, sponsor; Aoife Nolan, club player; Joan Nolan, club committee and Maurice Casey, club chairman. ©Photograph: John Reidy

There is more good news for Kerry basketball this week as St. Mary’s Basketball Club has announced that its ladies team will take part in the division one national league over the coming season.

It was in the 2015/16 season that the club last competed at this level but having won the NICC Cup final in January this year the players expressed a strong interest in returning to the national scene.

League Win in 2012

The club’s ladies team won the league back in 2012 when they were coached by Tommy Dom O’Connor.

Killarney’s Cormac O’Donoghue came on board and took the helm for three seasons after this.

It was confirmed during the week that the club has secured a sponsor in Tom McCarthy who also filled that role in 2012.

Major Local Sponsor

Tom McCarthy is a major local sponsor and is also involved with Castleisland AFC and other sporting clubs.

The 2018/19 ladies squad will be coached by Liam Culloty who coached the team to victory earlier this year.

Culloty has a wealth of experience both locally, nationally and internationally.

St. Mary’s in Southern Conference

There will be two conferences in the league and St. Mary’s team is in the southern conference along with: Maree; Limerick Celtics; U.L and Portlaoise Panthers.

The Northern conference is made up of : Letterkenny; Ulster University Elks; Belfast Pheonix; Trinity Meteors and Swords Thunder.

Each team will play home and away in their own conference and will play the other conference once, either home or away depending on the draw.

Four Kerry Teams in League

The fixtures are expected to be announced this week. St. Mary’s is now the fourth Kerry team and the only ladies team to play national league next season.

Both Garvey’s Warriors and Keane’s SuperValu will compete in the Super League while St. Paul’s Laker’s take part in the men’s division one league.


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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