Bernard O’Byrne has signed a contract extension on his role as CEO and Secretary General of Basketball Ireland.

The two year extension will run to the end of the 2021/22 season.

O’Byrne joined Basketball Ireland in 2011, since then he has helped clear the NGB’s legacy debt of €1.2m. In the last five years playing membership has increased by 66 per cent to over 30,000 in 227 clubs, while more than 800 schools participate in the sport.

O’Byrne has also been instrumental to Ireland winning the hosting rights for major European events. In 2016 the Annual General Assembly of FIBA Europe took place in Dublin. In 2017 the Under-18 European Championships were held at the National Basketball Arena. It was followed by the 2018 FIBA Women’s European Championship for Small Countries in Cork, while the re-scheduled 2020 FIBA Men’s European Championship for Small Countries will be held in Limerick in 2021.

O’Byrne is also a member of the FIBA Europe Board, elected last year heading the list of 42 candidates. He was subsequently nominated as President of the FIBA Small Nations Commission and was also co-opted to the FIBA World’s National Federations Development Working Group.

“I am delighted that the Basketball Ireland Board has shown confidence in me with this offer and I had no hesitation accepting it,” said O’Byrne.

“I am eager to keep the upward momentum in Irish basketball going, especially in the light of the current challenges surrounding Covid-19.”

“Bernard’s leadership has helped Basketball Ireland clear huge debts, due to his hard work and determination,” added Chairman of the Basketball Ireland Board, Paul McDevitt.

“The sport’s profile and participation numbers have also increased immensely. His standing in the game is illustrated by the fact he is an integral member of FIBA, representing Ireland at the top table of basketball.”