There is something quintessentially American about Basketball and now that has been given a firm basis for fact with New York construction company Gothan Drywall taking on sponsorship of the Irish Senior Women’s Basketball team.

The initial one-year deal will see Gotham Drywall support the team through to the 2021 FIBA Women’s European Championship for Small Countries, which take place in Cyprus on June 15th-21st.

Irish senior women’s co-captain Edel Thornton said:

Gotham Drywall is a New York-based construction company owned by three Irishmen – Michael Coyle, John Fitzpatrick and James Dolan.

It was started in September 2007 by Coyle, from Drumkeeran in Co Leitrim. Fitzpatrick joined as a partner in February of 2009, with Dolan joining in 2015.


The company currently employs 500 people and have completed some of New York’s iconic skyline-altering towers, including 111 West 57th street, 130 William Street in the Financial District, and the landmark Crown Building at 730 Fifth Avenue.

“We are delighted to support the Irish senior women’s team and their impressive plan to transition to the highest levels of European basketball, building on the success of the underage girls teams over the past few years,” said Fitzpatrick.

“We’re looking forward to getting back on the court and continuing our preparations for next summer’s FIBA European Championship for Small Countries. This sponsorship is a welcome boost for us, as players, ahead of next summer’s tournament in Cyprus,” added team co-captain Edel Thornton.


“Irish basketball has been through a lot in 2020 and this is some welcome positive news,” said Basketball Ireland CEO Bernard O’Byrne.

“We’d like to thank Gotham Drywall for its support of our senior women’s team. We’ve achieved a lot recently at underage level, with our U18 women winning a silver medal in the 2017 FIBA U18 Women’s European Championship and a bronze in at U20 level in 2019. This sponsorship acknowledges the progress being made and this will help our Irish senior women continue striving for more medals.”

The brand is not one that anyone would have identified as an Irish sporting sponsor in 2020 but is all the more welcome as a result.

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