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Ireland national basketball team


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The Ireland national basketball team (Irish: Foireann cispheile náisiúnta na hÉireann) represents the island of Ireland in men's international basketball tournaments. It is governed by Basketball Ireland with players from both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Ireland plays their home matches at the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght, Dublin. The national team has reached the Summer Olympics once in their history in 1948. They have yet to qualify for the EuroBasket or the FIBA World Cup.

Ireland women's national basketball team
The Ireland women's national basketball team represents Ireland in International women's basketball. Organised by Basketball Ireland, the team plays home games in the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght. It last played competitively in 2010, in Division B of EuroBasket Women, under coach Mark Scannell. In February 2010, during the Irish financial crisis, Basketball Ireland announced that it was €1.2m in debt and was deactivating its senior international squads to cut costs.

The senior squad is scheduled for revival in 2015. Earlier, a "Premier League All Stars" team played Wales in a match to mark The Gathering Ireland 2013 festival. Ireland also competed in 3x3 basketball at the 2014 Europe Championships and the 2015 European Games.

In December 2015 it was announced that the national team will join again official FIBA Europe competitions after accepting the invitation to play the European Championship for Small Countries.

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