Castleisland Community College brings home its 14th All Ireland Basketball title

President of Basketball Ireland PJ Reidy presents the All Ireland A Division U-15 Basketball Championship Cup to Castleisland Community College joint captains Jamie Nolan (left) and Jakub Surzyn after leading their team to victory over Portlaoise in the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght.
The Castleisland Community College U-15 basketball team and coaches after capturing the All Ireland A Division U-15 Basketball Championship and a 14th national title for their school. Front from left: Daniel Kelly, Jamie Nolan and Jacob Surzyn, joint captains and Shay O’Connor. Back row: Cillian Moroney, Danny Murphy, Maurice Casey, coach; Cian Pembroke, Tadhg McCarthy, Podge O’Sullivan, Glen O’Sullivan, Jack O’Connor, Cian Cahill, Ógie Leary-Griffin, Darragh O’Sullivan and Máire McLoughlin, assistant coach.

They did it – and for the second year in a row and for the fourteenthe time in Castleisland Community College sporting history.

I’ll bring another one, a 14e. The entire Irish A Division U-15 college basketball championship was a huge motivating factor for coach Maurice Casey and assistant coach Máire McLoughlin. And Maurice has been there for them all and it is the first of career guidance teacher Máire.

Completing the 2024 Championship they defeated Portlaoise 48-42 in the final to make it two in a row. All Ireland wins.

The team and Maurice aand Máire congratulations

Everyone at school congratulates the team and Maurice and Máire on their great performance.

On their way to Thursday’s final at the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght, the Castleisland boys met and defeated teams from: Malahide Community College; St. Mel’s College Longford and Coláiste Choilm, Ballincollig.

In the semi-final, which was played in Dublin as on Thursday, they played St Patrick’s Grammar School, Armagh.

Two major rival colleges. Commitment and dedication shown

The results of the semi-finals of the matches saw the two great rivals and the high-performing basketball schools competing against each other and looking to learn for that coveted title.

Maurice and Máire sent their boys home to claim first place and unbridled joy from the team members and the large and vocal supporters in the stadium who had witnessed the great performance first hand.

Commitment and dedication shown

In congratulating the team, College Principal Theresa Lonergan noted that this team also won the 2023 U-14 A Division Basketball All Ireland title alongside Maurice.

“The commitment and dedication that coaches and players showed again this year was clearly visible as they trained every Thursday morning from 8am to 9am in preparation,” Ms Lonergan said.

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