On Tuesday September 3, 10,000 people gathered in Malahide for what turned out to be a great celebration of Irish Cricket.
Ireland were playing host to England that day in a One Day International match the biggest of its kind ever to take place in Ireland.
Ultimately Ireland were defeated that day and in supreme irony the two best players for England Eoin Morgan in the batting and Boyd Rankin in the bowling were both Irish having changed allegiances in order to take advantage of playing in one of the world’s top sides.
It says a lot about Irish Cricket that it is now in a position to produce a grand spectacle like the Malahide game and that it can produce world ranking players like Morgan and Rankin.
Dundalk Cricket Club’s ambitions are maybe a little more modest but in order to spread the gospel a little further at grass roots level the club will be holding their annual Club Open Day at their Green Road ground on Saturday September 21.
The club have had a good year although a 3rd Leinster title eluded them, but with the first team finishing 3rd in Division 8 it can be said to have been a respectable result for the young club.
To celebrate, the club have a packed day planned.
There will be two demonstration T20 matches during the day at 12pm and 3pm. The barbecue will start at 3pm and the club bar will be open from 1pm. For those with children there will be bouncy castles and minerals available all day.
The important business of the day happens from 6pm when the Player of the Year, Clubman of the Year and Young Player of the Year awards will be presented. These are highly prized by the club members and much sought after.
Things are expected to wrap up in the ground at around 8pm and there will be a minibus running to The Spirit Store for those that wish to continue the celebrations.
Previous open days have always been a huge success and this year is expected to be no different.
The club invites all their supporters, families and friends as well as those who may only have a passing curiosity about the game and want to learn more to come along and join in the craic.
More details about the club and how to get to the ground can be found on the website dundalkcricketclub.com
Ticket price is €10 on the door for adults and children have free entry