The illustrious history of UCD Marian
- Founded in 1947, UCD Men’s Basketball Club is one of the oldest Clubs in Ireland.
- Founded in 1968, Marian Basketball Club was one of the founding members of the Irish National League.
- One of only three Clubs with uninterrupted presence at national level
- Winners of the National Cup 1973 and the National League 1978
- Founder members of INTERVARSITY 1950
- Founder members of the Colleges League 1985.
- The two Clubs, UCD and Marian, came together in 1998 to form UCD Marian, now one of Ireland’s largest basketball Clubs. UCD Marian is still the anchor tenant in Oatlands Basketball Hall, a long-time tenant of the Sports Hall in Marian College and based in Belfield sports centre for training, college league games and Super League games.
- UCD Marian was the first tie in of a 3rdlevel college with a successful basketball Club and the first to award basketball scholarships in Ireland. Many colleges have since followed the UCD initiative of 25 years ago. To date 60 scholarship years have been awarded.
History of the Club
In 1970, the club won the Dublin Senior Championship with Ken McIntyre, Paul and Michael Meany, Sean Conroy and Fran Ryan all featuring. Fifteen year old Donal Breathnach made his senior debut that season.
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In February 1981,Marian played Killarney in the first ever televised national league match and beat the champions in a thrilling game in Inchicore.Blue Demons brought the league title to Cork.
A mid table finish behind a poweful St Vincents Killarney team meant the club had to seriously raise sponsorship and finance to compete in the new semiprofessional era. The Irish Basketball Association promoted a scheme whereby American investors put money into club franchise, including Marian. George Murphy from Chicago was the principal investor in the club franchise. The club also acquired sponsorship from Yoplait and was called Team Yoplait for the next four seasons.Irish International Michael Meany retired from National League. Brian Coke was recruited from Lowell College in Massachussetts.
Team Yoplait had a very successful campaign in Division 2, finishing a close second behind Liam McHales Ballina, and winning promotion back to the top flight.
The season was topped off by an International Tournament, which featured Winthrop College from North Carolina, held in Inchicore.
With renewed vigour and healthy funding, the club faced into 1984-85 seaon with confidence. Fran Ryan took over as coach and Dan Trant, an exciting guard and Alvis Rogers a 6’8” power forward from Wake Forest were brought in.
In November 1984, the club embarked on the first of three consecutive U.S. tours. With eight games in ten days, the tour was a highlight of many peoples careers, with games against top Division One NCAA teams like Virginia Tech, College of Charleston, Radford, James Madison and of course our hosts Winthrop.
The club also entered the Womens National League with a squad sponsored by Opel. Irish internationals Ann Connellan and Pauline McCarthy joined the squad, along with Peggy Murphy from Chicago
Paul Meany came back as coach and Fran Ryan returned as point guard and the team won seven in a row. At Christmas three players left the squad and seven defeats left Marian struggling to make the Division Two top four playoffs
Another poor season at National League level. Ed Randolph signed from Admirals and Alan Fearon made an impressive debut as a young seventeen year old. Donal Breathnach retired from National League duty.
Signs of hope at underage level as Kieran Dunne brings Pat Glover and Gary Edge into U13 team.
The less said the better. I think the women’s section may have disbanded around this time.
UCD ELITE TEAM OF THE YEAR
The SuperLeague team was named UCD’s Elite Club of the year at the universities annual sports awards. This is a huge honour for the club and caps off a great year for the Superleague team. The picture shows the players with the award which was presented by UCD president Hugh Brady
SUPERLEAGUE TEAM CLAIM HISTORIC WIN IN NATIONAL CUP FINAL
Marians SuperLeague team claimed an historic win over defending cup champions 11890 Killester. The win is the clubs first National Cup win in over 25 years. A big thanks to all the supporters who came to the game.
50th Anniversary Video