By Deirdre Carroll
WHAT a few months it has been for Portlaoise teenager James Phelan.
James completed his St Mary’s CBS education in the Leaving Cert year of 2020. Academically James was always an enthusiastic high achiever, but it is his feats on the basketball court, which inspired awe in his peers and the school community at large.
All in the CBS are very proud of James Phelan’s prowess which has culminated in him obtaining a scholarship to play basketball in Hyde School, Maine, USA.
James has achieved countless trophies, both for the CBS and for his club, Portlaoise Panthers.
While in school, he won six regional titles, a U/14 ‘B’ All Ireland gold medal and an U/19 bronze All Ireland ‘A’ medal. He was also, consistently nominated MVP throughout his school years.
James’ family are no strangers to success with his sister Maeve representing Ireland on several occasions.
This success is a clear result of both talent and dedication. James was regularly observed perfecting his skills in the PE hall before 8am on school mornings.
This zeal is recognised by his basketball coach Peter Duignan who said: “I have never met a more committed and motivated young man. James has always had the desire to play basketball overseas from a young age and I am so glad to have been part of his journey and to coach him along the way, along with many others.
“He was a key part of our school’s success over the last number of years and we wish him the best of luck as he continues his basketball journey across the pond.”
And so say all of those in the CBS.