New Basketball Centre of Excellence for Donegal

Letterkenny IT has been named as a Basketball Ireland Centre of Excellence.

It will provide access to expertise, such as strength and conditioning, sports medicine, sports psychology, diet and nutrition, sports management and administration, coach development and training. They will also have media and meeting facilities.

The Centre will also be used for national training camps for international sides, along with Basketball Ireland academies.

There will also be the ability to host international fixtures, national senior competitions, intervarsity competitions, as well as local schools cups and blitzes.

Michael Murphy, Letterkenny Institute of Technology’s new Head of Sport, said: “Letterkenny IT is delighted to be partnering with Basketball Ireland in the provision of a Centre of Excellence for the region. This partnership strengthens our existing relationship and will contribute to the continued growth of the sport, both locally and nationally.”

Murphy spoke to Ocean FM Sport’s Austin O’Callaghan about Thursday’s announcement.


To date, four new Centres of Excellence have been developed at Letterkenny IT, NUI Galway, Waterford IT and the University of Ulster.

It’s not yet known if Sligo will receive a similar designation.

Sligo has having expressed an interest in being named as one of Basketball Ireland’s new Centres of Excellence.