Participation in the first National Club Competition
The National Club competition was the forerunner of the National League that commenced in the 1971/72 season. Blue Demons were one of the founder clubs of the National League which is known today as the Superleague. Blue Demons also became the front runners in major sponsorship and international Basketball in Cork by hosting the Major Extra Size Basketball Tournaments at The Parochial Hall
Blue Demons Basketball Club founded
Decision was made that the time was right to enter the senior ranks of Cork Basketball. The ingredients were near perfect the main one being players who had a continuity of success at juvenile level with DePaul, a good administration led initially by Jim Dineen and then by Noel McCarthy. A good treasurer was required and Michael O’Sullivan, who was and still is the best treasurer the club ever had, filled this position. The name of Blue Demons was the preferred choice of name as it was the nick-name of DePaul University of Chicago college basketball team, who were very generous in their support of the fledgling De Paul Boys Club. Those early years were exciting for all those participating in establishing Blue Demons as a basketball force first in Cork and then nationally.
De Paul Boys Club founded
Rev. Fr. Charles Sinnott a Vincentian stationed at St.Vincents Church, Sundays formed a youth club De Paul Boys Club to provide a meaningful activity centre for the young men of the area. The activities were mainly indoors, and basketball was a good fit. The Club operated in the Crypt of St.Vincent’s Church. Another Vincentian Father O’Farrell organised a basketball team among the altar servers at St.Vincent’s. D. Club decided to develop its own court and De Paul built full size court at the Rope Walk on Wyse’s Hill. This was to remain the main training court for Blue Demons until the late seventies when all training relocated primarily to the indoor facilities at the Parochial Hall.