National Wheelchair Basketball Squad Announced

20th May 2015

Irish Wheelchair Basketball senior squad named for European Championships.

The Irish Senior Wheelchair Basketball team has been announced in advance of their participation in the European C Championships this coming July in Lisbon, Portugal.

Together with Portugal, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Serbia and Finland, Ireland will compete for one of two automatic qualification slots to the B European Championships in 2016.

Ireland have not competed at this level since 2009 but following an intensive eighteen month training schedule, Ireland are well prepared going into the competition.

Head Coach Jason Kennedy said, “We’re very excited about competing at the C Europeans in Lisbon this coming July. Training has gone very well to date and we have a great blend of new and experienced players in the squad. We won’t underestimate any team, but that said I’m very confident in the ability of our squad and hopefully we can secure one of the two available qualification slots”.

The squad sees 7 of the clubs represented who play in the Irish senior League and it also comprises of a small backroom team including; Jason Kennedy Head Coach, Team Manager Valene McMullen, Assistant Coach Alan Carron and team physio Chris Cohen.

The full squad is;

Name Athlete/support staff Club
  • Jason Kennedy
Head Coach/Player NI Knights (Belfast)
  • Paul Mc Killop
Athlete/Player NI Knights (Belfast)
  • Matthew Rollston
Athlete/Player NI Knights (Belfast)
  • Barry Cooke
Athlete/Player Killester (Dublin)
  • Michael Cunningham
Athlete/Player Killester (Dublin)
  • Joe Hargrow
Athlete/Player Limerick Scorpions
  • Tiarnan O’Donnell
Athlete/Player Limerick Scorpions
  • Derek Hegarty
Athlete/Player Fr Mathews
  • Jason Ryan
Athlete/Player Ballybrack Bulls (Dublin)
  • Jonathan Hayes
Athlete/Player Ballybrack Bulls (Dublin)
  • Pat O’Neill
Athlete/Player Swifts Left Bank (Kilkenny)
  • Keith Connolly
Athlete/Player Titans Galway
  • Valene McMullen
Team Manger
  • Alan Caron
Assistant Coach
  • Colin Cohen
Team Physio


  • Dates of competition – July 5th – 12th 2015
  • Location – Lisbon, Portugal
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  1. Garreth - 20th May 2015 at 15:19

    Good luck guys!

  2. Lisa Ann Traylor - 22nd May 2015 at 04:58

    Soooo proud of all of you especially my son-in-law Lucky Joe Hargrow…we are watching from Wisconsin USA !!!!