Fingal honours Mooney

by Gazette Reporter

JOHN MOONEY, one of Ireland’s most influential cricketers, has been honoured by the Mayor of Fingal, Councillor David O’Connor.
A native of Fingal, Mooney was given a reception in County Hall, Swords on April 11, which formally recognised Mooney’s achievements following his retirement from an impressive career with Ireland at international level.
Mooney is most widely remembered for hitting the winning runs in a 2011 World Cup game against England, one that raised the profile of cricket in Ireland almost overnight.
Ireland remain a non-test playing nation in the sport – something which is widely seen as controversial – and Mooney played a huge roll over the course of 14 years and 182 caps in pushing the side to their currently relatively lofty position and a popular and realistic campaign to be awarded full status.
Outside of the traditional cricket powerhouses, Ireland are arguably the most respected country in the sport, and have begun to host regular fixtures against high-profile test nations in recent years, demonstrating their growing pedigree and attracting large crowds in Malahide and Clontarf.
As well as the 2011 World Cup, Mooney also appeared at two other cricket World Cups for Ireland with his beguiling bowling and ability smash a ball in the lower order often proving a key asset.
The North County is a left handed batsman and right medium bowler who made his first class debut in 2004, and played regularly for Leinster Lightning in the provincial championship in recent years.
At the ceremony, Councillor O’Connor said: “as Mayor of Fingal and a keen cricket fan I am honoured to make this presentation to John Mooney, a proud citizen of Fingal, for his outstanding contribution to Irish and World Cricket.
“John played 182 times for Ireland in all competitions, including 64 one-day internationals and 27 ICC World Twenty20s.
“He scored 2605 runs at an average of 23.68. John has, with other Fingal cricketers, raised the profile of this wonderful sport throughout Fingal and Ireland.”
Chief Executive of Fingal County Council, Paul Reid, added “I am delighted to welcome John Mooney to County Hall this evening to celebrate his long and illustrious contribution to cricket.
“Fingal County Council recognises the importance of sport in our citizens’ lives and, through our Sports Office, we work with a number of National Governing Bodies of sport including Cricket Leinster.
“This partnership has grown from strength to strength over the past nine years and in excess of 7,000 students in primary and secondary schools participated in our schools cricket programme throughout the county in 2015.”

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