# Irish Cricket

Last year
Balbirnie: 'We don’t like using the term 'free hit'... We have as much to lose'
The Ireland skipper says his side has real belief that they can make the T20 World Cup semi-finals.
# Malahide
Ireland gives India a scare but come up short in T20 series
Ireland fell to a four-run defeat in a match that saw both sides comfortably clear 200.
All time
# world cup qualifiers
Ireland awaiting further guidance but likely to make call tomorrow whether or not they leave Zimbabwe
The ICC is expected to provide an update on the remainder of its qualification tournament in the southern African nation tomorrow morning.
# Malahide
World's best Shamsi spins web around hosts as South Africa beat Ireland by 33 runs in T20 opener
Shamsi finished his day 4-27 as South Africa sealed a comfortable win despite Ireland spirited bowling efforts.
# Painful
Ireland head coach Ford to head home from tour of South Africa due to injury
An x-ray in South Africa confirmed that Ford had fractured vertebrae and three ribs in a slip at his home on the eve of his flight.
# Up and Running
Stirling and Balbirnie fire Ireland to perfect World T20 qualifying start
Graham Ford’s side are bidding to qualify for next year’s tournament in Australia.
# Disappointment
Ireland's pursuit of history mercilessly ended by England's fast bowlers
Chasing 182 for victory at Lord’s, Ireland collapsed to suffer a heavy defeat at the hands of England.
# Day Two
Ireland battle hard to retain the upper hand in absorbing Lord's Test
Mark Adair shone with the ball as William Porterfield’s side put themselves in a strong position against England.
# years in the making
Test Match Special: Ireland's journey from obscurity reaches the 'pinnacle' at Lord's
The historic four-day Test against England gets underway on Wednesday morning.
# Test Match Special
'We wouldn't have dreamed of this opportunity when we first started playing'
Gary Wilson looks ahead to Ireland’s historic Test match against England at Lord’s.
# Test Match Special
Ireland name 14-man squad for historic first Test against England at Lord's
William Porterfield will captain Ireland for the four-day game later this month.
# odi series
Shahzad plunders century as Afghanistan thrash Ireland in Belfast
Graham Ford’s side were brought crashing back down to earth after Saturday’s win.
Ireland record much-needed win over World Cup-bound Afghanistan
Graham Ford’s side take a 1-0 lead in their series up north.
# tri-series
Brilliant Balbirnie ton not enough as West Indies beat Ireland with record chase
Ireland’s wait for a first home win at Malahide since 2014 goes on.
# Progress
'It feels a bit surreal': Landmark day for Irish women's cricket
Six players will receive part-time professional contracts thanks to the support of Sport Ireland.
# Hammered
Record-breaking partnership sees West Indies put Ireland to the sword
Graham Ford’s side were outclassed in the opening game of their ODI tri-series at Clontarf today.
# grey area
'The ball was pretty much dead': Ireland unimpressed by contentious stumping
William Porterfield said he was ‘proud’ of his team’s efforts as they very nearly pulled off a memorable win over England.
# Close contest
Debutant Little stars but Ireland fall just short of famous England win
The 19-year-old fast-bowler took four wickets as Ireland fought back at Malahide.
Ireland seek major scalp as England arrive in Dublin for season opener
A one-off ODI against England at Malahide presents opportunity but could also serve as another stark reality check for Graham Ford’s side.
# Euro T20 Slam
Two Irish franchises to play in new star-studded Euro T20 Slam
The tournament was launched in Dublin today.
# Testing times
Ireland rue nightmare start as Afghanistan claim historic Test victory
Graham Ford’s side battled valiantly in Dehradun but had left themselves with too much damage to repair.
# go pro
Huge step forward as Cricket Ireland announce professional contracts for women
Part-time deals will be initially offered in early 2019.
# trailblazer
'I put myself in at a slightly lesser value in the hope someone will pick you up as a bargain buy'
Kevin O’Brien joined us during the week to discuss his travels around the world as a gun-for-hire Twenty20 batsman.
# Test Match Special
'I closed my eyes to try and get some energy back. I'd never batted for over five hours before'
Kevin O’Brien looks back on his historic Test century against Pakistan.
# World T20
Ireland end disappointing World Cup campaign with another heavy defeat
The game marked the end of the careers of four Irish players, including the Joyce twins.
# wt20
'We’re not naive about the scale of the challenge': Ireland ready for World Cup opener
Ireland begin their Women’s World Twenty20 campaign on Sunday.
# nobbi
End of an era as Niall O'Brien calls time on 16-year international career
The wicket-keeper/batsman played an integral role in Irish cricket’s success over the last decade.
# honours even
Ireland beat Afghanistan by three wickets to level ODI series
The sides will meet again in Friday’s decider.
# Abbotstown
'You should have seen the look on the players' faces': Cricket Ireland open new €700,000 training centre
The first phase of the project is complete, but the big piece of the jigsaw remains the development of a national stadium.
# Meltdown
Ireland wilt in the heat as ruthless India show no mercy to seal series win
Graham Ford’s side narrowly avoid their heaviest-ever Twenty20 defeat at Malahide.
# t20 cricket
India's class shows as Ireland suffer big T20 defeat at sun-kissed Malahide
A crowd of over 9,000 packed into Malahide for the first T20 international between the teams.
# living the dream
'I've called my Mum and Dad every day for 12 years. Without them I wouldn't be here playing for Ireland'
Simi Singh will this evening face the country of his birth, 12 years after first coming to Ireland to chase his dream.
# up against it
'We want to go out there, stick our chests out and show what we are about'
Ireland need a spark in the Twenty20 format, and are targeting a huge scalp with India in town this week.
# Test Match Special
Ireland to play England in landmark Test match as part of new four-year fixture list
Inclusion on Future Tours Programme a significant moment for Irish cricket.
# Top 100
O'Brien makes impressive entry into world Test rankings after historic century
Tim Murtagh and Stuart Thompson are also in the rankings after Ireland’s maiden Test.
# Looking Forward
Ireland set for fixture bonanza including marquee Tests against top-tier nations
Warren Deutrom says Ireland will play up to 65 games over the next five years.
# lasting legacy
'This match has gone a long way to inspiring the next generation'
Ireland captain William Porterfield hopes young cricket fans will dream of playing for their country after this week’s inaugural Test match.
# Report
Ireland denied dream victory on Test debut as Ul-Haq steers Pakistan home
A superb effort from Ireland comes up just short at Malahide, as Pakistan win by five wickets.
# daring to dream
A 'very proud and emotional moment' for O'Brien fuels Ireland's bold belief
O’Brien’s historic century on Monday has put Ireland in a position where they can dare to dream about a famous Test victory.
# Test Match
Ireland restore a measure of batting pride after first innings collapse
Pakistan remain the driving seat at the end of the third day’s play at Malahide.