Monday 18 December 2017

Malahide ODI between Ireland and England heading towards a sell-out

Niall O'Brien will be in action
Niall O'Brien will be in action

John Manning

THE much anticipated clash of Ireland and England in a one-day cricket international in Malahide in May is already half-way to being sold out, Fingal County Council has revealed.

The application for the licence for the event on May 8 at Malahide Cricket Club is still being considered by the council but preparations for the big game are well underway.

The council recently gave an update on the event to councillors on the Malahide/Howth Area Committee where the head of the local authority's events section, Paul Barnes revealed that more than half of the 8,200 tickets available for the event have already been sold and the council and Cricket Ireland were 'confident' the match will be a sell-out.

The president of Ireland, Michael D Higgins, is expected to attend the event in May which is set to provide a welcome boost to tourism in Malahide and surrounding areas.

Mr Barnes illustrated the boon to the local tourist industry provided by the event by telling local councillors that two hotels close to the cricket ground are almost at capacity for the weekend of the match.

Fingal County Council is also putting a traffic management scheme in place for the event to minimise traffic disruption in the area on the day of the big match.

Cllr Eoghan O'Brien (FF) welcomed the update and said that after attending the last meeting of the two sides in Malahide in 2013, he was looking forward to the May 8 clash.

He said the local economic impact of the event will be much greater this time because in 2013, the match took place on a Tuesday while the May 8 match will happen on a Friday.

Cllr O'Brien said it was a 'high quality location for a high quality event and it certainly has my support'.

Cllr Anthony Lavin (FG) agreed and said he had 'fond memories' of the 2013 match in Malahide.

He said the event was 'welcome and it will be good for Malahide'. The event will also put the area in the international shop window. The 2013 match was broadcast to 120 countries and this year, broadcasters are to show footage of the surrounding area in the live broadcast.

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