Saturday 24 June 2017

Village returns to the crease a century later

Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

A GAA-obsessed Limerick village will next weekend stage its first cricket match in almost a century.

Galbally -- located in the foothills of the Galtee Mountains -- believes it is the first cricket match staged in the village since before 1910.

For most of the last century, playing soccer or rugby -- let alone cricket -- would earn any GAA player an automatic ban.

"If Cork, as the Rebel County, can give Queen Elizabeth a rousing welcome then Galbally can host a cricket match," one local said.

The exhibition game, which takes place this Sunday, will involve the newly-founded Thurles Cricket Club (TCC) -- a fledgling club trying to establish itself in the famous hurling town in Tipperary.

Irish Independent

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