Amateur Basketball Association of Ireland | All-Ireland Senior County Championships 1963


Date Team 1 Team 2
31.03.1963 Kerry 81 Sligo 39
07.04.1963 Antrim 43 Dublin 41
21.04.1963 Antrim 67 Kerry 53



Match Venue
Semi-Final 1 Gillooly Hall, Sligo
Semi-Final 2 Cathal Brugha Gymnasium, Dublin
Final Cathal Brugha Barracks, Dublin




Semi-Final: Kerry 81 Sligo 39

Kerry’s experience, including three Irish Internationals, saw them win against Connacht Champions Sligo in the All-Ireland Semi-Final. Four Kerry players reached double-figures (C. O’Hanlon, M. O’Grady, D. O’Shea & B. burrows), while only two Sligo players, Tom O’Brien and David Pugh reached double figures. Kerry opened the scoring and were more accurate with their shots despite a valiant Sligo side, who had numerous missed shots, and only three scorers on the scoresheet. The home team were no match in the end for a Kerry side that boasts 15 clubs in Tralee alone.[1]

Kerry 81 C. O’Hanlon (20), M. O’Grady (19), D. O’Shea (17), B. Burrows (17), D. O’Donnell (4), T. Falvey (4), T. Lynch, C. Spring

Sligo 39 Tom O’Brice (C) (18), David Pugh (15), Tommy Fox (6), Tom Conway, Brian Gorevan, Des McHugh, Michael Burns, Christie Conway, Brendan Burns, Noel Corcoran, John Dolan, Ernest Gray

Semi-Final: Antrim 43 Dublin 41

Antrim came from behind in the second half to beat Dublin in a thrilling Semi-Final in Cathal Brugha Gymnasium. Dublin were up by 20-14 at half-time and midway through the second half but Antrim were 10 points up midway through the second half before a late Dublin surge left it a two-point game in the end. Mick Brennan was the Antrim star, scoring 28 of their 43 total, F. O’Sullivan and B. Collins managed double-figures for Dublin.[2]

Antrim 43 M. Brennan (28), B. McMahon (4), G. Hannigan (4), J. McKeever (4), R. Jameson (2), E. Brennan (1).

Dublin 41 F. Sullivan (16), B. Collins (13), C. Keyes (8), N. Nugent (2), D. Rochford (2).

Final: Antrim 67 Kerry 53

Antrim defended their All-Ireland Senior Championship which they won in 1962, and in the process denied Kerry an historic treble, as the Kingdom had beaten Kilkenny in the Minor and Junior Finals. Kerry led 28-23 at the half and it looked like they would win the treble, but a second half comeback by Antrim dashed their hopes. Antrim’s height advantage paid dividends in the second half and with five minutes left they were 20 points up, easing to a 67-53 victory. Four Antrim players reached double figures (G. Hannigan, G. Clarke, C. McKinney & M. Brennan. A. O’Shea and B. Burrows reached double figures for Kerry.[3]

Antrim 67 G. Hannigan (18), G. Clarke (13), C. McKinney (12), M. Brennan (10), A. Moneypenny (5), B. McMahon (4), J. McKeever (3), D. O’Connor (2)

Kerry 53 A. O’Shea (13), B. Burrows (11), B. O’Grady (8), C. O’Hanlon (8), A. O’Donnell (5), A. O’Sullivan (4), C. Spring (2), J. Galway (2).




[1] Anon (1963) “Basketball: EXPERIENCED KERRY DEFEATED SLIGO” Sligo Champion Saturday, April 6, 1963. pg. 10-11

[2] Anon (1963) “Title Holders Reach Final” Irish Press Monday, April 8, 1963. pg. 12-13

[3] Anon (1963) “Kerry Foiled Of Making History” Irish Independent Monday, April 22, 1963. pg. 8-9


Thanks to John Folan.


Thanks to John Folan.

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