McHale inducted to Hall of Fame

Basketball

Hall of Fame Award winner Liam McHale is presented with his award by Theresa Walsh (President of Basketball Ireland) and Fran Ryan, (Chairperson of the Board of Basketball Ireland), during the Basketball Ireland 2018/19 Annual Awards and Hall of Fame at the Cusack Suite, Croke Park in Dublin. Photo: Sportsfile

Hall of Fame Award winner Liam McHale is presented with his award by Theresa Walsh (President of Basketball Ireland) and Fran Ryan, (Chairperson of the Board of Basketball Ireland), during the Basketball Ireland 2018/19 Annual Awards and Hall of Fame at the Cusack Suite, Croke Park in Dublin. Photo: Sportsfile

Ballina's Liam McHale was one of six players inducted to the Basketball Ireland Hall of fame last weekend.

McHale was part of the great Ballina teams of the 1990s who won two national cups and national league title. He spoke of his honour of being inducted to the Hall of Fame saying: “It’s been a wonderful day, I am delighted. This isn’t just an individual award, there was a huge community behind us, we had great support and a great committee and it means an awful lot. We had the time of our lives doing it, and we were lucky we got to compete with some of the best teams.”

With award winners from across the game and across the players, coaches, officials, schools and leagues, the event also acknowledged four President’s Lifetime Achievement awards for Andrew Drumm, Joe Byrne (RIP ), Joey Boylan and Donal O’Connor. Six people were then inducted into the Basketball Ireland Hall of Fame: Siobhán Caffrey, Danny Fulton, Liam McHale, Susan Moran, Paudie O’Connor (RIP ) and Kelvin Troy.

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