Monday 15 October 2018

Excitement in Malahide as Test match venue is confirmed

A general view of Malahide Cricket ground
A general view of Malahide Cricket ground

John Manning

The news that the heartland of Irish cricket right here in Fingal was waiting for, was confirmed last week as Malahide Cricket Club was confirmed as hosts for a truly historic day in Irish sport when the country plays its first ever Test match.

Cricket Ireland confirmed that Malahide Cricket Club will host Ireland's first Test match against Pakistan from May 11-15, next year.

Earlier this year, the national sports organisation received full Test status following a review carried out by the International Cricket Council.

Deputy Darragh O'Brien (FF) who once played for Malahide Cricket Club, welcomed the big news, saying: 'There has been a long tradition of Cricket in Fingal and the sport is played by many and acquiring full Test playing status was a game changer for the sport in our community. I have been delighted over the years to have assisted and supported the expansion and development of the facility in Malahide to become the only international size cricket ground in the country.'

Deputy O'Brien said the event will be a major economic boon for Malahide and Fingal. He said: 'We have previously hosted a number of sell-out 10,000 capacity matches in Malahide and they have been fantastic successes. This Test game will bring major business to the village and the surrounding area for hotels, restaurants and bars.

'It is great news for Fingal that Ireland will play their inaugural Test match against Pakistan next year at our local grounds and a brilliant acknowledgement of the hard work of all those involved with the club.'

The Fianna Fáil TD who is based in Malahide, said: 'The announcement of Malahide as the venue for Ireland's very first test match is a great honour for Malahide Cricket Club, the village itself and the wider Fingal area, particularly the large and vibrant cricket playing community and their supporters.'

'This is set to be a wonderful and historic occasion for all,' he concluded.

Fingal Independent