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Tuesday 22 July 2014

Former Irish Olympic basketball great Harry Boland passes away

Daniel McConnell

Published 21/12/2013|20:44

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Former Irish Basketball Olympian Harry Boland (pictured here in the centre) has passed away

Harry Boland, the former Irish Olympic Basketball great and long time friend and business partner of former Taoiseach Charles J Haughey has passed away.

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Mr Boland, a nephew of the War of Independence hero of the same name and love rival to Michael Collins, sadly passed away suddenly last Wednesday in Beaumont Hospital. From a staunch GAA background, Mr Boland competed in the 1948 Olympic Games in London. Ahead of last year's games in the English capital, Mr Boland recalled his adventures ahead of his time of representing Ireland.

"I was studying to be a chartered accountant at that time they were called article clerks. I was articled into my brother’s firm, as was Charles Haughey, and we went on to set up business together afterwards. I had to take my three weeks holidays to go to the Olympics. It was the first time I was ever out of Ireland. Of course, we were completely outclassed in all our games," he said.

Mr Boland and Mr Haughey met at St Joseph’s school in Fairview before going on to Univeristy College Dublin, before setting up their famous accountacy firm, Haughey Boland in 1950.

Basketball Ireland has paid a warm tribute to Mr Boland. "It was with great sadness that the basketball community learned of the passing of Harry Boland on Wednesday December 18. Apart from being an outstanding player throughout the 40s and 50s, Harry left a lasting legacy in the sport as an administrator and served as President of Basketball Ireland from 1965 to 1968," the organisation said.

According to his death notice, Mr Boland, is survived by his wife Noirin, daughter Maire, sons Harry and Gearoid and extended family.

Earlier today (Sat), Mr Boland’s body was removed to St Fintan’s Church, Sutton having reposed in Portmarnock. His funeral will take place on Monday at St Fintan's Church, Sutton at 11am, followed by burial at St Fintan's Cemetary.

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