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Tuesday 16 September 2014

Mum bowled over by sons' success

Leo Gray

Published 16/07/2013 | 05:40

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Cricket family, Kevin, Camilla, who hails from Sligo, Brendan and Niall O’Brien.

A Sligo mum is bowled over by the spectacular success of Ireland's cricket team.

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For Camilla O'Brien's two sons, Niall (31) and Kevin (29), are key members of the Irish squad which has qualified for the World Cup in New Zealand and Australia in 2015

"It's very exciting to have two sons on the Irish team – it's a case of double joy," beamed proud Camilla

Born and reared in Fatima Avenue, Sligo, Camilla, nee Cregg, now lives in Sandymount with her Galway-born husband, Brendan, and family.

And she's immensely proud of the achievements of Niall and Kevin, who have earned well over 300 Irish caps between them

She says: "Niall has played professional cricket in England for over 10 years and is currently playing county cricket with Leicestershire.

"Kevin is based in Ireland and is vice captain of the Irish team.

"He is the only player from Ireland or England who will be playing in a major T20 Island League in the West Indies later this month."

Niall and Kevin represented Ireland at the last two World Cups in the West Indies in 2007 and India in 2011.

And now they are on their way to a hat-trick of World Cup appearances.

"We've travelled to Australia, New Zealand, Canada, West Indies, Bangladesh and India to support the boys over the years.

"So, all going well, we'll be off to the World Cup again in two years time," pledges Camilla.

Camilla and her two sisters, Paula and Moya, went to school at the Mercy College, Sligo, while brothers, Padraig, Gearoid and Brian went to Scoil Fatima and Summerhill College.

Their parents, Gerard and Maura, and the family moved to Dublin in the 1970s but the Sligo links remain strong.

Their aunt, Helen Watters, still lives in Cleveragh while another aunt, 101-year-old, Sr. Aidan, resides with the Mercy Order in Sligo.

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