|Men’s National Basketball League Team 1979-1987
Honours: NBL Division 1 Champions 1979-80 / NBL Division 1 Top 4 Winners 1979-80
Career Record (W-L-T): Total: / Regular Season:
History: Became the first Irish Basketball Club to pay American imports to play in 1979, which was against the rules of the Amateur Basketball Association of Ireland, but when the Association saw how many fans it was bringing in, they changed the rules allowing two paid imports per National League team, changing the name of the organisation to the Irish Basketball Association to reflect this. This decision by St. Vincent’s and the IBA ushered in the Golden Era of Irish Basketball which lasted until 1991.
They won the League that season (1979-80) as well as the Top 4 Playoffs, and competed at or near the top for the next four seasons, reaching the top four playoffs each year from 1979-80 to 1983-84 and winning the League and Playoffs again in 1981-82. In 1984-85 they were relegated finishing second last in Division 1. Their last season in the National League was in 1986-87 where they finished joint last in Division 2.
They have an important place in Irish Basketball history, and set the standard for all Killarney and Kerry Basketball teams to follow.
Name Changes: St. Vincent’s Killarney 1979-1981, Gleneagle Killarney 1981-1987 (Sponsored by Gleneagle Hotel)
NBL D1 = National Basketball Division 1 / NBL D2 = National Basketball League Division 2 / Pos = Final Position / W = Top Four Playoff Winners / F = Top Four Finalists / SF = Top Four Semi-Finalists / R = Relegated
 Shannon, Kieran (2009) “Hanging from the Rafters: The story of Neptune and the Golden Age of Irish Basketball” Appendix Section 1: The Irish Men’s Game: The Complete Records: National League Tables and Top Four semi-finals and Finals. Pp. 516-527.
 (1984) “National League 1983-84”. IBA Official Basketball Magazine. October 1984.
 (1985) “Final Standings”. IBA Official Basketball Magazine. Autumn 1985.
Thanks to Denis Culhane
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