With a fascinating collection of vintage photographs, and stunning action shots from the modern era, Gerard Siggins tells the story of cricket in Ireland, from the earliest days up to the ICC Trophy final in July 2005. It is the story of a sport buffeted by the enormous social and political changes of the last 200 years, with war, famine, revolution, independence, and economic boom and bust all impacting on Irish cricket. Ireland's cricket history is an extraordinarily colourful one; peopled by writers such as Joyce, Shaw and Beckett; statesmen such as the Duke of Wellington, Parnell, John Redmond and John Hume; and personalities such as Lady Gregory, Thomas Andrews and Colin Farrell. Gerard Siggins was born in Dublin in 1962. He founded and edited Irish Cricket Magazine (1984-87) and has written on cricket, since 1985 in the Sunday Tribune , where he is assistant editor. He is a regular contributor to the Cricket Ireland website and other publications. He was president of Dublin University CC from 1992-97; for whom his senior career consisted of one match in 1988. He did not bat or bowl, but while fielding stopped one cracking drive by Brian Gilmore. He wishes he had more to say about his cricket career, but is more than happy with that. Ireland recently qualified for the 2007 Cricket World Cup. This book includes over 100 top quality pictures of past and present. It is an interesting narrative on the history of cricket in Ireland.