Ireland's Own

Ireland's Own
By Hal LaRoux
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They are calling it O'Brien Bowl.

The downtrodden town of Malahide on the Northside of Dublin is getting an international standard cricket ground all thanks to Fianna Fail. Unknown local TD Darragh O'Brien(pictured with Packie) has weclomed the news that Malahide is to become the centre of Irish Cricket.

'I'm delighted to confirm that the Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport Mary Hanafin has sanctioned a grant of €450,000 for the redevelopment of the cricket ground at Malahide Cricket Club.

'The funding will be used to extend the ground (playing pitch), making it the first international standard cricket ground in the Republic of Ireland with a capacity of 12,000.

'It will also be the only international ground for any sport in the North Dublin area,' added Deputy O'Brien.

'While this is great news for cricket and recognition of its growing support, the economic benefits of this development cannot be underestimated.

'The impact of teams like Australia, England and Pakistan travelling here to play Ireland will be enormous for the tourism, transport and hospitality sectors.

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It is conservatively estimated that the stadium will bring 1.5m a year in revenue to the local area, so let's just sit on our hands and wait for the biggest thing to happen North Dublin since Eircom Park.

In other news does this the cricket ireland logo kinda reminds you of the ITN weather when they cut off the Republic and just leave Norn Iron and the UK?... no?

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