Pembroke Cricket Club was founded in 1868 and is located at Sydney Parade, Park Avenue, on the outskirts of the old village of Sandymount.The grounds were part of the lands of the Pembroke Estate from which the Club took its name. In 1983 Pembroke bought out the ground from the Estate and now is the joint owner in conjunction with Monkstown Rugby Club. We are currently celebrating our 150th anniversary with various functions planned throughout the season.
Pembroke fields five Men’s teams, three Women’s teams and Youth teams at Under 9, 11, 13, 15, 17 and 19 age groups. All our teams have gained success at League and Cup level with the Men’s First XI winning the Leinster Senior Cup in its Inaugural Year (1935) and on twelve occasions since.
We have regularly provided players to Irish international teams at all levels from S.F. Bergin, with fifty-three caps between 1949 and 1965 to Kim Garth, vice-captain of the Irish Women’s side, and Josh Little our most recent cap. As our 150th year has coincided with Ireland’s first ever Test Match we were especially delighted to see Andrew Balbirnie capped for this historic match. We are also proud to have hosted the recent Women’s International T20 game between Ireland and Bangladesh which featured Kim Garth, Shauna Kavanagh, our Youth Coach Clare Shillington and our ex-Captain Ciara Metcalfe.
Pembroke particularly values its youth policy and one of the features of our Senior Men’s and Women’s teams is the amount of young players that have come through our coaching system. Over the years we have been fortunate to have long-standing members such as Henry Tighe, John Brennan, Emmett Whaley, Harry Rogers and Barry Tucker looking after our youth programme. The current head of Youth development is Bill Whaley.
The Club has also been fortunate with its overseas players, both professional and amateur, including New Zealanders Chris Kuggeleijn, Alan Stimpson, Richard Hastie, Jono Hickey and Alex Ridley (our current professional); South Africans Wim Jansen, Ian Solomon and Walter Masimula and Australians Luke Jackson, Owen Gilchrist, Jono Cook , Daniel Solway and Nick Cutler. In addition the Club regularly welcomes players from all over the globe while working in Dublin.
The Club has a healthy social scene, a full bar, a hard working committee, and many other members who give of their time voluntarily for all manner of things from coaching to organising social functions. The Club has a record of touring, of which the highlight was probably the 125th Anniversary Tour of Australia in 1992/1993.
We has also made a significant contribution on the organisational and administrative side of the game. Pembroke members have served as Presidents of the Leinster and Irish Cricket Unions and as longstanding holders of various secretarial posts in Cricket Leinster.
Of course we are blessed with the sunniest grounds in Dublin, and our sunny wall is just the perfect place for relaxing, catching the rays ,watching some cricket and meeting friends old and new.
You will always be assured of a welcome at Sydney Parade.