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Cricket fever takes hold in Cork

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

Ireland’s historic cricket success this week has led to a surge of interest in the sport in Cork. The David versus Goliath match at Bangalore on Wednesday saw Ireland emerge victorious against England, with a scoreline of 327-8. And Cork County Cricket Club is already witnessing the effects of the achievement, as parents rush to register their children at the club.

“This win has allowed plenty of interest in the game from young people,” said club member, Matt Reed. “The response has been brilliant, with people already enquiring about sending their children to cricket.“

Club members celebrated Ireland’s victory in the ICC Cricket World Cup at their Mardyke clubhouse on Wednesday, watching the highlights and sending messages of congratulations to the Irish players.

Mr. Reed added that batsman and wicket-keeper, Niall O’Brien, brother to Kevin O’Brien, who now holds the world record for the fastest ever century scored at a World Cup, has travelled to Cork on a number of occasions for training sessions. “We had a really good crowd of senior players and young players watching the game and they are all obviously very proud. I think everyone is on a high after it all and the guys here, who would know a lot of the players like Niall, were sending them messages on Facebook.”

Mr Reed said that such a win bolsters the profile of cricket in Ireland, which “always has been a minority sport”.“In the past cricket has had a lot of prejudice, being played by a certain demographic,” explained Mr Reed. “We have always had foreigners from the Southern hemisphere joining the squad but we really want local kids from the area to join, as the success of the club depends on them.”

Mr Reed added that Ireland’s World Cup future looks bright with just four teams – India, the West Indies, South Africa and the Netherlands – left to play. A win will be necessary in at least two of these games
for the team to be in with a chance of qualifying.

Cork will carry on supporting the green army, opening the bar to members only on Sunday morning, March 6th for the match against India in Bangalore.

courtesy: TheCorkNews

Niall O’Brien Visits Cork County

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

Ireland and Northants wicket-keeper Niall O’Brien was back in Ireland at the weekend taking part in coaching sessions at Cork County.

The visit was a huge success with Niall visiting the Presentation Brothers College gym in the morning to do a session with the schoolboys and then moving onto the Cork County senior practise session in Ashton School where he put the senior and junior squads through their paces.

The large turnout and huge interest in the visit just proves how the game of cricket is growing in popularity on Leeside.

Niall mentioned that “its an absolute pleasure to be coming down and help out. I have so many fond memories of playing in Cork as a kid with Railway Union and scored my first Irish ton at the Mardyke so it has fond memories for me.”

Dermot Giltinan, Cork County Youth Coach, said that “it was a fantastic day for Cork County to have one of Ireland’s leading cricketers down to put the lads through their paces. It is not often that our young players get to learn from an International cricketer of Niall’s class and his great personality and manner really rubbed off on them.”

“The visit has given the game in Cork a huge lift and just highlights the potential that Cork County has at it’s disposal especially with our participation in Leinster Division 2 this season.”

A full selection of photographs from Niall’s visit can be viewed by clicking here.

Niall O’Brien to visit Cork County Pre-Season Training

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

The Irish International wicket keeper/ batsman Niall O’Brien will be taking time out from his busy pre-season schedule to visit a Cork County indoor training session. Niall will be taking training session for the Senior and Junior squad’s on Saturday the 20th of February at the Ashton School gym.

Earlier in the morning Niall will also be attending the Presentation Brothers College gym to take part in a youth training session with the Cork County youth coach Dermot Giltinan.

For any further details please contact the Club Captain, Robert Duggan at rduggan2000@yahoo.com