Kieran Shannon - Columnist - IRISH EXAMINER

SLAM DUNK: Basketball Ireland Secretary General Bernard O'Byrne presents Saint Mary's College, Galway captain Sean Kelly with the trophy after they won the U-19 B Boys All-Ireland final in Dublin. Picture: Inpho/Donall Farmer

KIERAN SHANNON: O’Byrne lays out his Hoop dreams

Another January afternoon out in Tallaght and the National Basketball Arena is throbbing, writes Kieran Shannon.


KIERAN SHANNON: Indomitable Leesiders are truly a class apart

Wherever she goes, it seems he has to follow, writes Kieran Shannon.

BROTHERS IN ARMS: Niall and Colin O'Reilly will play crucial roles for C & S UCC Demons in tonight's National Cup final.

KIERAN SHANNON: The Big Interview: UCC Demons' Niall and Colin O’Reilly

The straight-talking, record-breaking O’Reilly brothers are on the verge of another Cup final win for UCC Blue Demons tonight in the National Basketball Arena. They discuss how little coaching there was back in the day and how there’s plenty of it going on in the Mardyke these nights.

The two Dwyer sisters from Cork.

KIERAN SHANNON: Top 25: Ireland’s greatest ever female basketball players

Back for more punishment, all so that we can all have even more fun and rows, writes Kieran Shannon.

Shane Coughlan: The best never to play full senior international.

KIERAN SHANNON: Top 25: Ireland’s greatest ever male basketball players

The eve of another cup final weekend and with it a sense of history about it for those of us steeped in Irish hoops, writes Kieran Shannon.


KIERAN SHANNON: GAA must still take brave leap to change structures

It’s some progress, we suppose, writes Kieran Shannon.

The Kieran Shannon Big Interview with former Limerick footballer John Galvin who is farming near Banogue.

KIERAN SHANNON: The Kieran Shannon Interview: John Galvin, former Limerick footballer

Limerick stalwart John Galvin is thankful for a career that was short of glory but full of honour. He has made peace with the disappointments and is ready to revisit them, writes Kieran Shannon.

Eugene Young

KIERAN SHANNON: Coaches must realise success will follow if player comes first

It is less a matter of what’s professional practice as what’s good practice. The best managers and management teams understand this, writes <b>Kieran Shannon</b>.

TIME OUT: The Dwyer sisters Gráinne (left) and Niamh of Team Montenotte Hotel Glanmire. The pair are now even on the club committee, Niamh serving as treasurer and Gráinne the head of the fundraising section.  Picture: Denis Minihane.

KIERAN SHANNON: Dwyers got game: The Kieran Shannon Interview

Few are feeling the absence of a full national senior women’s team more than the Dwyer sisters, but they remain standard bearers for Irish basketball. And tonight they aim to lead by example as their Team Montenotte Hotel Glanmire face DCU in the National Cup semi-final, writes Kieran Shannon


KIERAN SHANNON: As good as it gets for basketball lifer Conor Meany

In a week when the plight of the inter-county GAA player has been prominently described as "depressing", any conversation with an Irish Premier League basketball player is worth starting with asking what that experience is like, writes Kieran Shannon.

BACK IN THE DAY: Donncha O'Connor turns to celebrate after finding the net from a penalty in Cork's victory over Dublin in the 2010 All-Ireland SFC semi-final at Croke Park. The football landscape has changed dramatically since that game.

KIERAN SHANNON: Why football will continue to fascinate and infuriate

When reflecting the other day on the fact that we’ve just passed the halfway point of the football decade, the mind soon turned to the journey home from the heart-stopping, Croker-packed 2010 All-Ireland semi-final between Cork and Dublin.


KIERAN SHANNON: It’s time to write a new chapter in Irish sportswriting

After all the months hearing about them, reading about them and buying them, finally, over the last few days, we’re guessing you got round to actually reading some sports books.


KIERAN SHANNON: Waiting and hoping for the real Chris to rebound

Ten years ago he wouldn’t have been home for Christmas. Instead 23-year-old Chris Craig from Arizona was over here, playing with and coaching Kieran Donaghy and the Tralee Tigers. The National Cup semi-finals and final were in January and he had a team to prepare.


KIERAN SHANNON: Mick McCarthy working wonders with cut price Tractor Boys

Even now in this country that he used to captain and manage with such pride, we still don’t or can’t give Mick McCarthy due credit.

Gary Keegan

KIERAN SHANNON: Red tape still divides Ireland’s high performance leaders

Gary Keegan may have been talking about Irish Olympic sport in these pages a few days ago but what he said could apply to all of Irish sport.


KIERAN SHANNON: The Big Interview: Putting sport in a good place

A former boxing coach out in the Institute of Sport may be among the most invisible players in Irish sport, but he’s one of its most influential too, writes Kieran Shannon.

Benny Coulter

KIERAN SHANNON: We must make football fun for Coulters of tomorrow

There goes another one, a forward that used to light it up but has now conceded that the game itself more than father time has dulled and worn him down.

Jack Kyle at his home in Bryansfort, near Newcastle, Co Down. Picture: INPHO/Andrew Paton

KIERAN SHANNON: Farewell to a proper Irish legend

The great Jack Kyle passed yesterday, aged 88, but what a full life he lived and he knew it.


KIERAN SHANNON: Book brings to life savage events of Bloody Sunday

IT would have been yesterday, a Monday in November, 94 years ago, that Luke O’Toole, the general secretary of the GAA, walked through the early-morning mist and the blood-stained, bullet-ridden grass of Croke Park, shadowed by a journalist.

LeBron James

KIERAN SHANNON: Is there another twist in Kobe Bryant’s LA story?

It’s hard to think of as bad a team that’s been as compelling to follow as the current Los Angeles Lakers.


KIERAN SHANNON: The Big Interview: Anthony Daly will always be a winner

One of the most engaging conversations you’ll have in life is a sit down with Anthony Daly.

Kieran Donaghy

KIERAN SHANNON: Donaghy earns reward for retaining the spirt of innocence

Last week, just before he would inspire Austin Stacks to their first county title in 20 years and win the right to captain Kerry in 2015, Kieran Donaghy ran a five-day basketball camp for 150 kids in his hometown of Tralee.

Dr Michael Gervais

KIERAN SHANNON: Coaching the coach

If you hear an Irish rugby player in the coming year using the term ’Always Compete’ or ’Fail Fast’ or admitting to spelling words backwards when they’ve felt over-anxious, you can probably put it down to a recent conversation between Joe Schmidt and a psychologist Dr Michael Gervais.