Basketball Ireland

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Basketball Ireland was founded as the Amateur Basketball Association of Ireland in 1947.

It runs National Leagues and Cups for both Men and Women, enters International Competition at a number of levels. Runs Local Leagues (13 Area Boards), Colleges and Schools Competitions, Junior Leagues at a local level as well as National Playoffs. Wheelchair Basketball, 3×3 Basketball also come under their banner.

Also included here will be Netball, Korfball (a Dutch variant of Basketball or Netball) and Mixed Basketball and Netball (Independent Leagues).

Below you will find links to the index pages & sub-pages to National Basketball competitions in Ireland & International Competitions Ireland have entered:

Basketball National Leagues

The Amateur Basketball Association of Ireland was formed in 1947. After 25 years of All-Ireland Championships based on a Club & County basis like in the GAA, the ABAI created the first National Basketball League based on clubs in 1972-73.

In 1979-80 St. Vincent’s Killarney brought in two paid American Imports, contrary to the rules of the ABAI, but after taking no action against them for most of the season, they relented having seen how many fans it was bringing in, and allowed paid imports, changing the name of the Association to the Irish Basketball Association to reflect this. This era, from 1980-1991 is regarded by many in Irish Basketball as its “Golden Era”.

The first Ladies National Basketball League was also formed around this time in the late-1970s. After a few seasons both Men’s and Ladies added a second division.

In 1991 the Association merged the Men’s Divisions 1 & 2 into one National Basketball League, with two conferences: North & South. at the same time it reduced the number of paid American Imports from two to one, thinking the Irish playerscould make the step up. The fans lost interest, however, with just one American on the teams, and it is regarded as the end of the “Golden Era”. After two seasons under this format, the two division set-up was reinstated, with Divisions 1 & 2 now named the Super League & Division 1.

In 1991, the Ladies League also got a slight name-change to the Women’s National Basketball League and in 1997 Divisions 1 & 2 were merged into one Super League. Below the Super League was a Women’s Regional League, playing 2-3 games a weekend for each team in the one venue.

The Irish Basketball Association was rebranded in 2003 as Basketball Ireland, and the two Conference (North & South) model was again reintroduced, although the two Division (2 levels) set-up was retained. The Women’s 2nd Level was reinstated at this time also, although the Women’s Divisions never had North & South Conferences.

In 2013 the Super League underwent a name-change to the Premier League, as a drastic attempt was made to fix the National Leagues and the massive debt Basketball Ireland had built up.   In 2016 the Super League brand made a comeback and by 2019 it was stated on the Basketball Ireland website that the €1.4 Million debt was paid off.

National Basketball League Finals

Basketball Ireland Men’s National League Top Four / Champions Trophy Finals 1977-Present

National Basketball League Men’s Level 1 

National Basketball League Men’s Level 1 (Decade / Era Overviews)

Basketball Ireland | National League | Men’s Super League 2016-2019

Basketball Ireland | National League | Men’s Premier League 2013-2016

Basketball Ireland | National League | Men’s Super League 2003-2013

Irish Basketball Association | Men’s Super League 1993-2003

Irish Basketball Association Budweiser Men’s National League 1991-1993

Irish Basketball Association National Basketball League Men’s Division 1 1979-1991

Amateur Basketball Association of Ireland | National League | Division 1 1975-1979

BI NL Men’s Super League 2016-2020: 2020-21  2019-20 2018-19 2017-18 2016-17 

BI NL Men’s Premier League 2013-2016:  2015-16 2014-15

IBA NL Men’s  Super League (Seasons):  1996-97 1995-96 1994-95 1993-94 

IBA Men’s Budweiser NBL (Seasons):  1992-93 1991-92

IBA NBL Men’s Division 1 1979-1991 (Seasons): 1990-91

National Basketball League | Women’s Level 1 

National Basketball League Women’s Level 1 (Decade / Era Overviews)

Basketball Ireland | National League | Women’s Super League 2016-2019

Basketball Ireland | National League | Women’s Premier League 2013-2016

Basketball Ireland | National League | Women’s Super League 2003-2013

Irish Basketball Association | Women’s Super League 1997-2003

Irish Basketball Association | Women’s National League Division 1 1991-1997

Irish Basketball Association Ladies National Basketball League 1979-1991

BI NL Women’s Super League 2016-present: 2020-21 2019-20 2018-19 2017-18 2016-17  

BI NL Women’s Premier League 2013-2016 (Seasons): 2015-16

IBA NBL Women’s Division 1 1991-1997 (Seasons):  1991-92

IBA NBL Ladies Division 1 1979-1991 (Seasons): 1990-91

National Basketball League Men’s Level 2

National Basketball League Men’s Level 2 (Decade / Era Overviews):

Basketball Ireland | National League | Men’s Division 1 2013-2019

Basketball Ireland | National League | Men’s Division 1 2003-2013

Irish Basketball Association | National Basketball League | Men’s Division 1 1993-2003

Irish Basketball Association | National Basketball League | Men’s Division 2 1979-1991

Amateur Basketball Association of Ireland | National League | Division 2 1977-1979

BI NL Men’s Division 1 2013-2020: 2020-21 2019-20  2018-19 2017-18 2016-17 2015-16

National Basketball League Women’s Level 2 

National Basketball League Women’s Level 2 (Decade / Era Overviews):

Basketball Ireland | National League | Women’s Division 1 2013-2019

Basketball Ireland | National League | Women’s Division 1 2003-2013

Irish Basketball Association | National League | Women’s Division 2 1991-1997

Irish Basketball Association | National Basketball League | Ladies Division 2 1982-1991

BI NL Women’s Division 1 2013-2020: 2020-21 2019-20 2018-19 2017-18 2016-17 2015-16

IBA NBL Women’s Division 2 1991-1997 (Seasons):  1991-92

IBA NBL Ladies Division 2 1979-1991 (Seasons): 1990-91

National Basketball League Under 20 Men’s

BI Under 20 Men’s National League (Seasons): 2019-20

Basketball National Cups

National Cups (Finals):

Men’s Level 1 National Cup

Basketball Ireland | Men’s Pat Duffy National Cup (Level 1) 2017-2019

Basketball Ireland | Men’s National Cup 2013-2017

Basketball Ireland | Men’s Super League Cup 2005-2013

Irish Basketball Association | Men’s Senior National Cup 1994-2005

Irish Basketball Association | Men’s Senior Cup Finals 1984-1994

BI Men’s Pat Duffy National Cup (Super League Cup) 2019-20 2018-19 2017-18 

BI Men’s National Cup (Super League Cup) 2014-15

Women’s Level 1 National Cup

Basketball Ireland | Women’s National Cup 2013-2018

Basketball Ireland | Women’s Super League Cup 2005-2013

Irish Basketball Association | Women’s Senior National Cup 1994-2005

Irish Basketball Association | Women’s Senior Cup 1984-1994

BI Women’s Paudie O’Connor National Cup (Super League Cup) 2019-20 2017-18 

BI Women’s National Cup (Super League Cup) 2014-15

Men’s Level 2 National Cup

Basketball Ireland | Men’s President’s National Cup (Level 2) 2013-2019

Basketball Ireland | Men’s Senior National Cup (Tier 2) 2005-2013

BI Men’s President’s (Senior) Cup (Division 1 Cup) 2017-18

Women’s Level 2 National Cup

Basketball Ireland | Women’s Senior National Cup (Level 2) 2013-2019

Basketball Ireland | Women’s Senior Cup (Tier 2) 2005-2013

BI Women’s Senior Cup (Division 1 Cup) 2017-18

Men’s Level 3 Intermediate National Cup

Basketball Ireland | Men’s National Intermediate Cup Competition (Level 3) 2015-2019

BI Men’s National Intermediate Cup Competition (Area Boards): 2017-18

Women’s Level 3 Intermediate National Cup

Basketball Ireland | Women’s National Intermediate Cup Competition (Level 3) 2015-2019

BI Women’s National Intermediate Cup Competition (Area Boards): 2017-18

Men’s Junior (Underage) National Cups

Irish Basketball Association | Men’s Junior U19 National Cup 1984-2006

Basketball Ireland | Men’s Under 20 National Cup 2007-2018

Women’s Junior (Underage) National Cups

Irish Basketball Association | Women’s Junior U19 National Cup 1984-2006

Basketball Ireland | Women’s Under 20 National Cup 2007-2018

Men’s Junior (Underage) Level 2 National Cups

Irish Basketball Association | Men’s Junior B (Under 19) National Cup 1989-1997

Basketball Ireland | Men’s Under 18 National Cup 2007-2018

Women’s Junior (Underage) Level 2 National Cups

Irish Basketball Association | Women’s Junior B (Under 19) National Cup 1989-1997

Basketball Ireland | Women’s Under 18 National Cup 2007-2018

Basketball Ireland | League Cups:

BI Men’s Division 1 League Cup (Seasons) 2018-19 2017-18 2016-17

BI Women’s NLC Champions Trophy (Seasons): 2017-18

Amateur Basketball Association of Ireland 1947-1979

About the ABAI

The Amateur Basketball Association of Ireland (now Basketball Ireland) was the organisation in charge of running Basketball in Ireland from 1947 to 1979 when it changed its name to the Irish Basketball Association. From 1953 to 1973 it was organised on a Club and County basis like the Gaelic Athletic Association.

The All-Ireland Blitz from 1953 to 1964 was the Club Championship, held on a Blitz basis over the course of a weekend in one venue. It was replaced by the National Basketball Cup, in which the top 16 teams from the four provinces played in four groups of four over the course of a year with semi-finals and final. In 1973 a National League based on clubs replaced the All-Ireland County Championships and National Basketball Cup.

Amateur Basketball Association of Ireland County Championships (Overviews):

Amateur Basketball Association of Ireland All-Ireland Senior County Championships 1952-1973

Amateur Basketball Association of Ireland | All-Ireland Junior County Championships 1959-1972

Amateur Basketball Association of Ireland Club (Overviews):

Amateur Basketball Association of Ireland All Ireland Senior Blitz 1950-1964

Amateur Basketball Association of Ireland Minor (Overviews):

Amateur Basketball Association of Ireland All-Ireland Minor County Championship 1953-1974

Amateur Basketball Association of Ireland Ladies (Overviews):

Amateur Basketball Association of Ireland Ladies All-Ireland Championship 1968-1978

ABAI All-Ireland Senior County Championships (Seasons): 1963

ABAI National Basketball Cup (Seasons):1971-72 1970-71

ABAI All-Ireland Blitz (Seasons): 1961 1960

Amateur Basketball Association of Ireland Provincial Championships (Overviews):

Amateur Basketball Association of Ireland Connacht Senior Championship 1952-1973

Amateur Basketball Association of Ireland Leinster Senior Championship 1951-1973

Basketball Tournaments

International Tournaments (ABAI & IBBA era)

British & Irish Basketball Federation | Roy Curtis Trophy (Seasons):

 1996 1995 1994 1993 1992 1991 1988  1984 1971 

Basketball Ireland | National League Tournaments:

Pat Clarke Women’s Tournament (Meteors): 2012

Anglo-Irish Bank Ladies Tournament (UCD Marian): 1990

Drimnagh Basketball Club Invitational Tournament (Ladies) (Seasons): 1990

Basketball Teams

Men’s National Basketball League Teams (History)

Blue Demons 1979-1993

St. Vincent’s Killarney 1979-1987

Irish Basketball Teams (Season Reports & Rosters):

Hibernia Irish Representative Basketball Team Roster & Match Reports 2015-16

Galway Democrats | Irish Basketball Team | Season 1991-92

Basketball Players

Basketball Ireland | All-Star Teams (Seasons):

2017-18