The history of Sligo All Star basketball team started in the early
1960's. Basketball in Ireland was in its infancy and The West seemed
to be far outclassed by their peers in Dublin and to the South.
American Tom O'Brien came to Sligo in the early 1960's and started a
team in Strandhill. He was soon approached by Father "Ricky" Devine
to coach a team at Summerhill College. That meeting led to Sligo's
first basketball success when, in 1962, Summerhill won the Connacht
Colleges Championship in both the senior and junior grades. Tom
immediately became the driving force behind basketball in the town
and played with Our Lady of Lourdes Boys Club located at that time
in O'Connell Street in the town centre.
However, it wouldn't be until
September, 1965 that Sligo All Stars Basketball Club was officially
formed in the Gilhooley Hall, across from the Sligo Cathedral.
For ease of reference, I have
divided the history of All Stars into decades. Their story is one of
success and perseverance, sometimes in the face of incredible odds.
This website is dedicated to all the players who ever donned an All
Stars jersey and in doing so, became part of the ongoing story which
is still being written today.
Please click on a decade below to
The 1960's: Getting off the Ground
The 1970's: Early Dominance and Success.
The 1980's: Turmoil in the camp
The 1990's: Back on track
The 2000's: Continuing The Tradition
My special thanks to all those
members of the team with whom I played and those that went before
and since and who have helped put together this site with photos and