Thursday 22 March 2018

Howzat for big Test cricket in Malahide

Cllr David O'Connor
Cllr David O'Connor

John Manning

Malahide will become the centre of the cricketing universe for five days, next May when it becomes the venue for Ireland's first ever Test match.

The historic cricket match will be hosted in Fingal where cricket is a way of life for many and the local cricketing fraternity can't wait for it all to happen.

The opposition will be the giants of Pakistan making it a tough first Test for Ireland in the sport.

Malahide Cricket Club will play hosts for the big occasion at their grounds in Malahide Demesne and the club is excited about the historic match.

Malahide Chairman, Ciaran Keohane was clearly delighted that his club would be hosting the first blue riband match of the 2018 calendar at the picturesque venue.

'Malahide Cricket Club is delighted to host the Inaugural Test Match in Ireland. We are looking forward to welcoming both teams to The Village.

'This is a great showcase not only for Irish cricket, but for Malahide and the wider Fingal area.'

Particularly delighted by the news is local councillor and self-confessed cricket fanatic, Cllr David O'Connor who has followed the Irish team across the world to see them play.

He dreamed that one day, Ireland would take its place among the cricketing nations of the world at Test level but never dreamed it would happen so close to home.

Cllr O'Connor said: 'It's great news, a lifetime's dream really. I didn't think that this would happen so soon but I'm very glad it has.'

Already blocking off May 11 to May 15 in his calendar, next year, Cllr O'Connor said: 'I will be there for the five days.'

He said however, that fans should not expect too much from the Irish Test side initially and it will take time for the side to adjust to the big step up in class required to compete at the Test level of the game.

He explained: 'I'm not expecting Ireland to be world beaters at Test cricket for a good number of years yet. That will depend on a whole new generation of players but Cricket Ireland are putting the ground work in for that now.'

Cllr O'Connor has been heavily involved in North County Cricket Club for a good number of years and he congratulated all the local clubs for their support of Malahide Cricket Club's bid to become a national venue for the sport.

With the support of Fingal County Council, the club has improved its facilities and already proven it can handle big occasions in hosting England for one-day internationals at the local ground.

The entire cricketing fraternity of Fingal are united in their delight and anticipation of the big five-day event which will see a huge media focus on the sport and on the county and is sure to provide an economic boon to Malahide and the whole of Fingal.

Tickets for the big Test match have gone on sale at and hospitality for the event is on sale at

Fingal Independent