Council helping bring big cricket match to Malahide
FINGAL County Council has put a special working group together to liaise with Cricket Ireland on its attempt to bring a major international cricket match between Ireland and England to Malahide.
Cricket Ireland expects approximately 11,000 people to attend this event on September 3, 2013.
As there will be greater than 5,000 people attending the event, an event licence will be required. Cricket Ireland will have to apply to Fingal County Council for this licence. Asked for a progress report by Cllr Anthony Lavin (FG), the local authority said: 'Fingal County Council representatives have met Cricket Ireland on site and informed them regarding the criteria that must be met to apply for an event licence.
'Further meetings with Cricket Ireland are planned for early in the New Year to ensure that appropriate arrangements are in place for this major event.' Council official Paul McDonnell added that a working group had been set up by the council to see the project through. He said there would be a 10-week period for a decision on the licence once Cricket Ireland had submitted its application.
Cllr Lavin expressed the hope that the council would do what it could to make sure the event went ahead and said he did not want to see ' the goose that laid the golden egg' being killed by regulation. Cllr Eoghan O'Brien (FF) was encouraged that the council was engaging with Cricket Ireland and Malahide Cricket Club on the event but said that the council needed to 'strive to get this absolutely 100 per cent right'.