Dec 07 2022

Gallery - Ireland v Netherlands half-time action

The entertainment for the capacity crowd at Ireland's recent FIBA Women's EuroBasket Qualifier with The Netherlands didn't stop at half-time. 

As the players took to the dressing room, two clubs NEIC Trojans and St. Kevin's Knights Basketball took to the court to show their own skills. 

NEIC Trojans

After years of persistence, and trojan efforts to grow the game of basketball in Dublin’s North East Inner City, September 2022 signified a landmark occasion, as for the first time in history, the long-standing dream of having a basketball club representing the NEIC/ Dublin 1 community, finally came to fruition.

The club currently consists of an academy for children aged 7-12 years old, along with two U14 teams, both of whom are competing in the Dublin leagues.

Based primarily in Larkin Community College and St. Laurance O’Toole’s Recreational Centre, the basketball club is ingrained in the community and has generated strong links with local schools and youth organisations.

St. Kevin's Knights Basketball

Knights Basketball was established in September 2019 by parents from the Kilnamanagh area. They’ve grown and developed in three short years from an academy to a club. This September Knights Basketball entered their first four teams into the league, with another two development teams getting ready for next season.

The league team training and games are held in Colaiste De Hide School, where they have a full size court and changing facilities for both home and away teams. Both gyms have played a huge part in getting the club started.

The club is very humbled to be chosen as a nominee for the Philip Preston Sport award which takes place at the 39thTallaght Person of the Year Awards. To be nominated this award in a few short years is a reflection of all the hard work put in by all the volunteers and players.