Firhouse Notre Dame Ladies

Founded 1989

Co. Dublin

Club History

Firhouse Notre Dame Girls Basketball Club was founded in 1989. The club was founded by a lady called Denise Brett.
A local group of girls approached Denise in the summer of 1989 at the outdoor courts in Ballyroan National School.
The first ever team was made up of a group of local friends whose brothers played for the local boys’ team known as Notre Dame.
Some of the first players included Molly Nolan, Bronagh Gallagher, Sorcha Daly, Jenny Byrne, Margaret Murphy, Niamh O'Dwyer, Ann Behan, Michelle Kelly & Rita Byrne.
This team was entered in the Dublin league and was an U17 (B) team. Some of the players were only 11 and 12 years of age at the time.
The team was based and played all its home games in Firhouse Community Centre which eventually led to them to incorporating Firhouse into the team name,
becoming known as Firhouse Notre Dame.

After the first year it soon became clear that there was a huge interest in the area for girl’s basketball, and it wasn’t long before many other teams were formed.
These teams were once again made up of friends and sisters of the boys club but also with the addition of some local girls from the Firhouse area.
The second team was entered into the U13 Dublin league & the third into the U15 league.
Denise Brett coached all three teams but it was time for new coaches to join to help expand and improve the club.
In 1990 Pat Gately became involved with the club, Pat was teaching in the local primary school Scoil Treasa and this proved very successful for the club and a tight link was formed between the two which still exists today.

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