About Netball Ireland

Netball Ireland is the national governing body for netball in Ireland and is responsible for all aspects of netball in Ireland including organising competition and training events, operating international Open and Youth netball squads and promoting and developing the sport in general across Ireland. Netball Ireland has been affiliated to the International Netball Federation (INF) and Netball Europe since 1976.

Netball Ireland organises competitive netball competition for clubs and schools across Ireland, as well as social mixed netball competition in the summer months. Netball Ireland leagues currently operate in Dublin although there have previously been leagues operating in Cork and Limerick. Netball Ireland operates the Republic of Ireland international netball squads at Open and Youth age groups. The Republic of Ireland’s highest ranking at international competition was in 1991 where they finished 10th at the IFNA World Netball Championships. In addition Netball Ireland organises formal training of umpires and coaches to gain European accreditation.


Our History 

Following the introduction of netball in England, the game eventually crossed over the Irish Sea and into the Republic of Ireland in the 1940’s. It was not until 1961 that two Physical Education teachers (one of them Ms Dorothie Malone, a former President of the Association) set about organising the game in a more formal manner. Together, they initiated a provincial school’s association – The Leinster Netball Association.

During the next 10 years, the Association expanded to include all secondary school age groups (12 – 18 years of age). In 1973 netball clubs were established to cater for the growing interest of school leavers playing the game. Twelve clubs were set up to cater for this group of people.

Netball Ireland first applied for full membership to the International Federation of Netball Associations in 1974 and was accepted as full members of IFNA in 1976. Since then the Ireland have been involved in a rota of International matches with Northern Ireland, Scotland, England, Wales, Malta and Gibraltar.

In recent years Netball Ireland have competed in the Nations Cup in Singapore against a range of competitive nations.  Netball has been represented in the Republic of Ireland at four different age groups; Open, U21, U19 and U17.

 

Committee 

President – Lynette Wall president@netballireland.com

Vice President – Anna Heffernan vicepresident@netballireland.com

Treasurer – Liz Allan finance@netballireland.con

Secretary – Laura Cosgrave info@netballireland.com

Press Officer – Emma Wakefield press@netballireland.com

League Administrator – Elaine McCarthy leagueadministrator@netballireland.com

Schools Administrator – Norma Browne youthdevelopment@netballireland.com

Coaching Convener – Ali Higginbotham coaching@netballireland.com

Umpiring Convener – Mary Kelly umpiring@netballireland.com

International Squad Manager – Emma Wall internationalsquads@netballireland.com

Organizer of International Events – Liz Allan finance@netballireland.com