Heroes of 25 years ago to reunite for one day only

The St Paul’s Killarney team that won the Under 19 National Cup 25 years ago. Front, from left, Adrian O’Donoghue, Daniel Cronin, Shane Horgan, James Weldon (captain), David O’Flaherty and James Fleming, with, back from left, Paul Sheehan (coach), Pat O’Donoghue, David Moloney, Neilus Hayes,  Michael Lynch, Stephen
Fleming and Gerard Coughlan, Kerry Spring Water (sponsor).
Picture: Eamonn Keogh

A Snapshot from the Archives
A QUARTER of a century ago this week, St Paul’s Basketball Club in Killarney clinched the coveted Under 19 National Cup title with a dramatic 64-59 victory over Star of the Sea, Belfast at the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght.

That memorable encounter, played on Saturday, 28 January, 1995, lives on in the memory banks of those lucky enough to be there to witness one of the great achievements by a basketball squad representing the town.

The Killarney side’s progression to the national final followed a spectacular 74-71 win over local rivals St Mary’s of Castleisland. A last gasp speculative three-pointer from team captain James Weldon, with less than two seconds on the clock, secured an amazing win, sparking wild scenes of celebration and securing a place in the cup final.

The odds were firmly stacked against St Paul’s in the decider, particularly when they trailed by 10 points (35-25) at the interval and they were 12 adrift at one stage in the second half. A determined and spirited rally midway through the third quarter, however, brought the Killarney boys back into contention to set up a grandstand finish where they clinched a sensational victory.
St Paul’s squad and scorers: James Fleming (20), James Weldon (13), Shane Horgan (9), David Moloney (8), Daniel Cronin (8), David O’Flaherty (4), Michael Lynch (2), Neilus Hayes, Gerard O’Keeffe, Stephen Fleming, Pat O’Donoghue, Adrian O’Donoghue. Coach: Paul Sheehan
The St Paul’s Under 19 winning team from 1995 will reunite together this Sunday when they will be introduced to the crowd during the half-time interval of the Scott’s Lakers v Portlaoise Panthers National League match. The tip-off for in Killarney Sports and Leisure Centre is at 3.00pm.

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