Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Aaron O’Connell              
Aaron O'Connell is a successful businessman and experienced entrepreneur. From 2010-15 he was Ireland’s representative on the EU Working Group, charged with the drafting of new safety standards for the window blind industry. He is the NSAI expert on window blind safety and was chairperson of the NSAI Committee that drafted a Code of Good Practice for the industry. Originally from Cork, Aaron has been involved in basketball for the past 42 years, either as a player, coach or administrator with North Mon, Blue Demons, Neptune, UCC, Cobh, Blarney Ladies, Fr. Mathews, Scoil Mhuire Gan Smal, Gael Cholaiste Mhuire AG, Brunell, Cobh, Carrig Na bhFear, Meteors and UCD, in addition to serving in an administrative capacity with BI Coaches Committee, Cork Men’s and Ladies’ Boards, and the Cork Post Primary School Girls’ Committee.

Fran Ryan                           
Fran Ryan is a long standing member of UCD Marian Basketball having served as player, coach and administrator.  He was a member of the MNCC for a number of years and joined the Basketball Ireland board in 2015, becoming chairman in 2016.  Outside of basketball, Fran was a board director of IFG Group Plc for a number of years and currently sits as executive and non-executive director for a number of private companies across various industries.

Grace O’Sullivan              
Grace O'Sullivan has been involved with basketball for over 35 years.  Current manager of the Irish Senior Women's team, Grace began her international coaching career as an Assistant Coach in 1993 and was Head Coach of the U16 team in 2000.  

Coaching and administration has been a huge part of Grace's basketball life, beginning in Brunell Ladies BC at underage and National League in the 1990s to coaching at Post Primary and club level in Ballincollig for 20 years.  During this time, Grace has also acted as a regional organiser for Post Primary schoolgirls and coached regional teams in Cork.  Grace was awarded the Post Primary teachers award for her volunteer work in basketball with the Cork Education and Training Board.

Noreen O’Connell          
Noreen O'Connell is a member of staff in the UL Sport facility in Limerick. A sports enthusiast with over 15 year’s experience, she has been involved with Basketball Ireland since 1998 in a voluntary capacity in numerous roles, including international management, chairperson of the colleges, chairperson of the IAC committee and member of the council to name but a few. Noreen is currently a member of the EPC. She has been to European competitions at all levels as a manager and two World University Games in 2003 and 2005. Some of her biggest achievements to date include volunteering at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic basketball competitions and acting as sports manager for Team Ireland at the World Special Olympics Games in 2011 and 2015.

Padraig McLoughlin        
Padraig McLoughlin is CEO of a distribution company and a qualified Chartered Director.  He has been associated with St. Vincent’s Basketball Club all of his life and has coached at National League level for both St. Vincent’s and Meteors Basketball Clubs.  In the last few years, he has coached underage with Tolka Rovers Basketball Club and is currently back coaching underage with St. Vincent’s.

Seamas Donnelly            
Professor Seamas Donnelly is a Professor of Medicine at Trinity College Dublin.  He has been involved with basketball for over 30 years, playing National League initially with Galway Democrats and subsequently playing with University College Cork (UCC) and North Mon.  He is currently a member of Meteors Basketball Club and has coached at club, provincial and international level.

Tim Murphy                       
Tim Murphy is Chief Operating Officer of DMS Governance Ltd. (DMS), and provides leadership support to the firm’s CEO and President in promoting innovation, quality service and cost-effective management of resources.

Prior to joining DMS, Mr. Murphy served as Associate Partner, Novitas Partners LLP, Ireland a Corporate Advisory firm, where he was responsible for opening its Irish office and, among other roles, provided business development and product strategy advice and execution services for SME businesses in Ireland, Europe and the U.S.

A former Managing Director of the Bank of New York Mellon (London and Ireland), Mr. Murphy served the bank in various roles from 1998 to 2012, including as CEO of BNY Mellon Clearing Ireland Limited and Head of Derivatives Clearing EMEA; Chief Operating Officer for Alternatives Investment Services Europe and Asia Pacific Division; Global Head of Alternative Investment Services Product and Head of European Fund Services Products, for both London and Dublin, and Chief Operating Officer of AIB/BNY Fund Management (Ireland) Limited.

He also serves as a Non-Executive Director of NBC Global Finance Limited, a subsidiary of National Bank of Canada.

Prior banking experience include serving as Director of Fund Administration, Investors Fund Services with Investors Bank & Trust (Boston and Dublin).

He began his career as Information Systems Auditor and Senior Auditor with Ernst & Young (Boston).

Tim graduated magna cum laude from Merrimack College, Massachusetts with a BSBA in Accounting. He was a certified Public Accountant in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Ken McIntyre
Ken McIntyre has been a director of J B Barry & Partners, one of Ireland’s leading consulting engineering practices, for over 20 years.  He has been involved in the delivery of major infrastructure projects in Ireland and has also provided technical and institutional support to local administration on projects in Eastern Europe and the Middle East.  He is a Fellow of Engineers Ireland, a Fellow of the Association of Consulting Engineers and a Fellow of the Chartered Institution of Water & Environmental Management.

In his playing career, Ken was a founding member of Marian (now UCD Marian) Basketball Club with whom he won two national championships. He was an underage international at u15, u18 and u20 level and a senior international from 1970 to ‘79.  

Ken also played basketball in Sligo and over the years has been involved in both coaching and administration.

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