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The Man From Tallahassee

Ed Randolph came to Ireland to play Basketball in the 1980s. While most of his fellow American players went back home, Ed met Ann, had a family and settled in Bray. He made a sporting life coaching and playing the game he loves well into middle age (2019)

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Documentary Maker-Philip Gallagher

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Documentary maker: Tim Desmond

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The Man From Tallahassee

The 1980’s was a golden period for Irish basketball. It was the first time Ireland had professionals playing team sports, crowds were in their thousands at games up and down the country and the first ever shirt sponsorship deals were done.

The success was due in part to the arrival of dozens of American professionals who played alongside the locals and brought the game to a new level. Among the American players who arrived here was Ed Randolph, a 22 year old from Tallahassee, Florida with a huge scoring ability and a sense of adventure.

Ed played for teams all over Ireland, north and south. While most of the professional players came and went, Ed put down roots in Ireland, meeting his wife Ann and raising two sons, Darren and Neil. Darren Randolph went on to become  the Irish soccer goalkeeper.

Almost 40 years after his arrival, Ed lives in Bray with Ann and still plays competitive Basketball with Bray Bullets in the Dublin leagues. 

RTÉ Radio 1  Saturday 29th June, 2019 @2pm

RTÉ Radio 1 Sunday 30th June, 2019 @7pm

Narrated by Philip Gallagher

Produced by Philip Gallagher and Tim Desmond

An Irish radio documentary from RTÉ Radio 1, Ireland - Documentary on One - the home of Irish radio documentaries

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