28 November Newsletter
I hope it’s not too early to mention the dreaded C word but I’ve got Noddy Holder yelling at me, Chris Rea is driving home and Shane McGowan is banged up in a New York jail with only the NYPD choir for company, chuntering on about Galway Bay. So it’s officially time to get the Christmas jumpers out and wrap the tinsel round your head in preparation for the Pembroke Christmas Party. This year we are heading to the Conservative Club, 20 Camden Road, Dublin 2 on Friday 15th December. The Conservative Club is almost as old as us (1883) and we share a former President in the Earl of Pembroke. If that isn’t enough to entice you down there are also three snooker tables – so you should be able to avoid Barry ‘pool shark’ Tucker – as well as a bar and beer garden to remind us of home. Hope to see you there.
I was delighted to attend the Leinster Cricket Union AGM last Thursday where, among the usual agenda items, a special presentation was made to Michael Sharp. This well deserved award was in recognition of 37 years of sterling service to cricket in Leinster. Michael’s knowledge of the regulations is second to none and he is going to be missed on the OCC. It was great to witness the esteem in which he is held and I’m sure we’ll be picking his brains on the more arcane parts of the regulations in the years to come. It also means the residents of Dornden Park will see a bit less traffic on Wednesday evenings!
It was a great night out for Dale at the recent Cricket Ireland Awards . Our very own Loaminator won the Groundsman of the Year and it is so well deserved. Our wickets and outfields are in top condition and it’s a tribute to Dale that he is now taking on the wickets in Trinity to bring them up to Interprovincial standard for the 2019 season. Well done Dale!
Dale wasn’t the only recipient of an award at the Cricket Ireland Awards Night. Miriam Grealey was inducted into the Cricket Ireland Hall of Fame (along with Mary Pat Moore, above). This caps off a great year for Miriam where she was recognised by the cricket family home and abroad for her amazing contribution to cricket in Ireland. We are so lucky to have people of the calibre of Miriam and Michael Sharp at our club and its fantastic to see their service so richly rewarded.
Best of luck to all our cricketers who are still training, playing and representing their club and country. Cricket has really turned into a 12 month game and its great to see the club colours flying around the world.
On the grants front, we have received (in association with Monkstown) another €250,000 from Covanta. I will keep you updated on what we will be spending the money on as that is decided but I would think the first thing to build is a trophy cabinet for Miriam!
As we enter into our 150th year (or sesquicentennial – ask Craig how to pronounce it!) we will be planning a number of events and will be looking for volunteers throughout the year. At the moment we are looking for a Social Media manager, a webmaster and a sponsorship fundraiser. If you have the skills, commitment and enthusiasm please get in touch!
Looking forward to seeing you on December 15th…