There can only be one first and the first joint ministerial statement from Minister Catherine Martin and Minister of State Dara Calleary landed on our desk yesterday welcoming the announcement of the cricket fixtures between Ireland and England at the end of this month.
“I am delighted to welcome the announcement by Cricket Ireland of the upcoming men’s One Day International cricket fixtures against England,” said Minister Martin.
“This is the first time that Ireland will play England in a three-match series and I am sure all Irish cricket fans will look forward to the matches with a huge sense of anticipation and excitement.”
“The matches will be broadcast live to an audience of millions around the world, giving Irish cricket and Ireland excellent exposure to a global audience.”
“After the last few months without any major sports fixtures it is great to see the return of international sport,” added Minister of State Calleary.
“Today’s announcement by Cricket Ireland of a three-match men’s One Day International series against England in Southampton later this month is wonderful news for the game in Ireland.”
“These are the first fixtures in the new World Cup qualification process and I am sure that the team is very much looking forward to competing against the current World Champions.”
The transition of the Department from Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht to Media, Tourism, Arts, Culture, Sport and the Gaeltacht is proceeding apace.
We were followed on twitter by the new Department’s social media accounts over the weekend and look forward to both following their work and learning about personnel deployment of senior staff, a new department website and signage in the near future.