Fianna Fáil Seanad Leader, Darragh O’Brien, has welcomed the announcement that Malahide Cricket Club will host a One Day International game between Ireland and England next September.

The Irish Cricket Union (ICU) and English Cricket Board (ECB) today announced that Ireland will face England in a One Day International at Malahide Cricket Club on Tuesday 3rd September 2013.

Senator O’Brien commented: “I am delighted with the announcement that Malahide Cricket Club will host a full One Day International between Ireland and England next year. Malahide Cricket Club has the first international sized cricket ground in the Republic of Ireland and it is a major coup for the club as well as a major boost to the economy in Malahide.

“I was delighted to assist in securing €450,000 in funding for the refurbishment of the ground from the previous government. The ground is now able to host 11,000 spectators in what is a state of the art facility.

“There will be a huge knock-on effect to the local economy and a game of this magnitude will bring €1 million to the local economy. A massive amount of business and tourists will be attracted to Malahide and I hope this is the start of many high profile games coming to Malahide.

“The investment in the grounds has paid off, a lot of credit must go to Fingal County Council and especially all those within Malahide Cricket Club for the effort they put in. The ICU must also be congratulated for securing a team of England’s stature to play and let’s hope it’s a repeat of the famous World Cup victory for Ireland last year.”