Photograph:  Oisín Keniry/Inpho

Funding issues cited as Cricket Ireland left with hole in fixtures list for women’s side

England all-rounder Jofra Archer during a nets session in  Malahide on Thursday ahead of Friday’s One-Day International against Ireland. Photograph:   Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Talented all-rounder Jofra Archer to make his England international debut in Malahide

Rory McIlory sinks a birdie putt on the 18th hole to complete a third round of six-under 66 at the   Arnold Palmer Invitational  at the Bay Hill  in Orlando, Florida. Photograph: Michael Cohen/Getty Images

Defending champion now just one off Matthew Fitzpatrick’s lead at Arnold Palmer Invitational

Brazilian start Pelé signs autographs on O’Connell Street during his stay in Dublin with Santos in February 1972. Photograph:  Getty Images

It’s 47 years ago today since the famous Brazilian side drew a crowd of over 30,000

Leinster players celebrate their victory over Ulster in the 2012 Heineken Cup Final at Twickenham. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Last 15,000 tickets were snapped up on Thursday after going on general sale

Limerick players celebrate their All-Ireland hurling final victory at Croke Park. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Ireland rugby team take team award and Katie Taylor is most admired sports star again

Cricket Ireland will offer professional contracts to women in 2019. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Move comes 10 years after full-time contracts were introduced for men

Ireland captain Laura Delany gives instructions during the Women’s World Twenty20 warm-up game against Sri Lanka in Antigua. Photograph: Cricket Ireland/ICC

Laura Delany’s side taking confidence from final warm-up game win against Sri Lanka

Cuala manager Mattie Kenny has been named as the new Dublin hurling manager on a three-year term. Photograph: Oisín Keniry/Inpho

Galway native led Cuala to back-to-back club hurling titles in 2017 and 2018

Ireland’s Pádraig Harrington plays his second shot on the par-four eighth hole during the third round of the  Czech Masters at the Albatross Golf Resort  in Prague, Czech Republic. Photograph: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

Dubliner hoping he has something left in the tank after stunning third round

Tiger Woods hits his drive on the first hole during the JP McManus Invitational Pro-Am at Adare Manor in 2010. Photograph:  Cathal Noonan/Inpho

14-time Major winner will take part in the invitational for the fourth time

Indian supporters wait for the start of the second Test between England and India  at Lord’s on Thursday. Photograph:  Gareth Copley/Getty Images

Cricket Ireland expect high demand from Irish supporters for historic four-day match

Ireland  captain Katie Mullan  celebrates the World Cup win over India with her team-mates at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre  in London. Photograph: Christopher Lee/Getty Images

‘If you’d given me that before the tournament started, I would have snapped your hand off’

Cork City celebrate their FAI Cup win over Dundalk in the 2017 final. Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

No all Premier League clashes but plenty of interesting third-round ties

Supporters at Malahide during India’s T20 win over Ireland. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Tourists register a record T20 victory of 143 runs after skittling hosts for paltry 70

James Shannon of Ireland swats one away as MS Dhoni watches on. Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Two highest scores in a T20 match in Ireland were made in first of two-match series

India captain Virat Kohli leads a strong squad for the two T20 internationals against Ireland in Malahide. Photograph:   Marco Longari/AFP/Getty Images

New skipper Gary Wilson calls on side to play with greater freedom

Ireland’s Boyd Rankin and Stuart Thompson shakes hands after Ireland’s first ever Test match against Pakistan. Photo: Inpho

Test match against England at Lord’s expected to be added to the schedule in July 2019

Spain manager Fernando Hierro talks with his squad at a training session in Kazan ahead of Wednesday’s game against Iran in Group B. Photograph: Sergio Perez/Reuters

Portugal, Spain and Uruguay will all be looking for wins in their middle matches

Andrew Balbirnie made 74 from 40 balls as Ireland beat Scotland by 46 runs in Deventer. Photograph: Inpho/ICC

Batsman makes 74 from 40 balls as Ireland post strong total in Deventer

Ireland’s Ed Joyce on day two of their Test match against Pakistan. Photograph: PA

Batsman fulfilled final playing goal by making Test debut against Pakistan

Cricket Ireland has confirmed the T20 double-header at Malahide on June 29th is sold out. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Ireland’s men face India and the women take on Bangladesh at Malahide on June 29th

 Imam ul-Haq of Pakistan avoids being run out during the fifth day of the international test cricket match between Ireland and Pakistan at Malahide. Photograph:  Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Pakistan survive early wobble at Malahide to wrap up a five-wicket victory on fifth day

Ireland’s Kevin O’Brien celebrates his century. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Battling Irish display forces inaugural Test match against Pakistan to fifth and final day

Ed Joyce was the first Ireland batsman to fall against Pakistan. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Ireland will start day four in Malahide needing 116 to make Pakistan bat again

Pakistan and Ireland’s players line up on the field before play on day two of Ireland’s inaugural test match at Malahide cricket club. Photograph: Getty Images

Pakistan move into position of control during third session of second day at Malahide

Groundstaff struggle with the covers on the first morning of the Test match between Ireland and Pakistan at Malahide. Photograph: Oisín Keniry/Inpho

Supporters will receive a full refund as no play possible against Pakistan at Malahide

Malahide will host Ireland’s inaugural Test Match on Friday against Pakistan. Photograph: Oisín Keniry/Inpho

Pakistan will provide the opposition for historic sporting occasion

Bready seam bowler Craig Young has been called up the Ireland squad for the Test match against Pakistan in Malahide. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Uncapped Nathan Smith forced out of potential debut because of side strain

Ed Joyce pictured at Malahide Castle. The 39-year-old left-hander is set to  make his Test debut against Pakistan on Friday. Photograph:   Ryan Byrne/Inpho

39-year-old advises Ireland team-mates to soak up historic sporting occasion in Malahide

Cricket Ireland president Aideen Rice and the Ireland players, coaches and backroom team pose for the official photograph at Malahide ahead of the first Test match against Pakistan on Friday.   Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Cricket Ireland welcome talks as build-up to first Test in Malahide intensifies

Ireland’s inaugural Test match against Pakistan is at Malahide Cricket Club next weekend. Photograph: Inpho

Uncapped seamer Nathan Smith gets call as 14-man squad named for historic match

Rory McIlroy  lines up a putt on the second hole during the final round of the Masters  at Augusta National Golf Club. Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

McIlroy says comments that he didn’t care about the British and US Opens were not his true feelings

 Rory McIlroy chips on to the  14th green  during the first round of the 2018 Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow   in Charlotte, North Carolina. Photograph: Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

Two-time champion three shots off the lead at Wells Fargo Championship

Malahide will host Ireland’s historic first Test match against Pakistan in May and  two Twenty20 internationals at the end of June. Photograph: Oisín Keniry/Inpho

Sky Sports to broadcast games live while RTÉ will show highlights

United Arab Emirates bowler  Muhammad Naveed  celebrates the wicket of Graeme Cremer of Zimbabwe during the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier  at The Harare Sports Club. Photograph: Julian Herbert-IDI/IDI via Getty Images

Ireland will qualify for 2019 finals if they beat Afghanistan on Friday

Ireland will play the West Indies at the Harare Sports Club on Saturday, March 10th as part of the 2019 World Cup qualifiers. Photograph:  Hamish Blair/Allsport

Zimbabwe will host tournament in March to decide final two qualifiers

Leinster’s Cian Healy in action against Exeter Chiefs’ Olly Woodburn  during the  Champions Cup game at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Prop had extra week added on to suspension for recent poor disciplinary record

A general view from Malahide Cricket Ground where Ireland will take on Pakistan in their first ever Test match next year. Photo: Rowland White/Inpho

Australia will visit Ireland in two years ahead of the next Ashes series against England

Chris Gayle in action against Ireland during the 2015 World Cup game at   Saxton Oval in Nelson, New Zealand. Photograph: Chris Symes/Inpho/Photosport

World’s most destructive white-ball cricketer is in Belfast for one-day international

Ulster’s Rory Best leaves the field for a HIA assessment during the Guinness Pro 12 game against Munster at  Thomond Park in April, 2017. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

World Rugby chief medical officer says amendment ‘will further promote a thorough and calm assessment’

Jack Tector: The Ireland under-19 captain  has impressed at all levels this summer

Ireland face Netherlands in Intercontinental Cup clash at Malahide

A general view of the main square  at the European Cricket Performance Centre in La Manga

Ireland and Scotland join forces in European Cricket Performance Centre

Head coach John Bracewell is to leave Cricket Ireland at the end of his contract in December. Photograph: Barry Chambers/Inpho

Kiwi has opted to depart at end of contract as Ireland prepare for full-member status

 A general view of Court 8 during Jack Sock’s first-round game against Christian Garin of Chile on Tuesday. Photograph: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

American star invites fan to future games; all four Grand Slams also offer towels

Ireland can now look forward to  taking on England in a Test match at Lord’s – possibly as early as 2019. Photograph: Clare Skinner/MCC/Inpho

ICC’s historic decision to grant Ireland full membership a massive boost to the sport

Decision means Ireland will be able to play Test cricket against the world’s best sides

 Leona Maguire completed a brilliant week by adding academic All-American honours to  second Annika Award as the best women’s player in American college golf. Photograph:   Kevin C Cox/Getty Images

Cavan golfer adds All-America academic honour after becoming first player to win Annika Award twice

 Ireland captain  William Porterfield during the match against  England at Lord’s. Photograph: Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images

Ireland will face a full-strength Tigers side preparing for Champions Trophy

A spectator keeps himself protected form the afternoon sun at Lord’s, where Ireland were beaten by England. Photograph: Andrew Fosker/Inpho

Porterfield’s side give a far better account of themselves in front of 5,000 Irish at Lord’s

Mark Wood celebrates the wicket of William Porterfield as England beat Ireland comfortably at Lord’s. Photograph: Andrew Fosker/Inpho

Eoin Morgan’s side post imposing total before visitors’ chase fades in the sunshine

The new £25 million Warner Stand at Lord’s was opened this week. Photograph: Jeff Spicer/Getty Images

Ireland take on England for the first ever time at the ‘Home of Cricket’ on Sunday

England’s Adil Rashid celebrates a wicket during their one day international win over Ireland in Bristol. Photo: Andrew Fosker/Inpho

Yorkshire’s Adil Rashid did most of the damage in heavy defeat for Ireland in Bristol

Ireland’s Ed Joyce in training ahead of the One-Day International with England in Bristol. Photograph: Harry Trump/Getty Images

Encounter with old enemy should focus minds after Afghanistan nightmare in India

Benetton Treviso outhalf  Ian McKinley in action against Leinster in the Guinness Pro 12 game against Leinster at  Stadio Monigo in February. Photograph: Alfio Guarise/Inpho

Outhalf returned to rugby after losing the sight in his left eye

Ireland cricketer  Ed Joyce at the launch of the sponsorship deal between Cricket Ireland and Turkish  Airlines at the offices of  the Irish Aviation Authority in Dublin. Photograph: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

ICC outline criteria to apply for full membership; vote would take place in London

Ireland’s  Paul Dunne  plays a bunker shot during the third round of the Trophee Hassan II at Royal Golf Dar Es Salam  in Rabat, Morocco. Photograph: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

Irish golfer two shots clear going into final round of Trophee Hassan II

Ireland batsman Andrew Balbirnie is in line to play against Afghanistan in the Intercontinental Cup clash in India. Photograph: Barry Chambers/Inpho

Intercontinental Cup encounter in India set to be played in extreme heat

Ireland could be playing regular Test and One-Day International cricket in 2019 as the International Cricket Council look at overhauling the game. Photograph:   Rowland White/Inpho/Presseye

ICC look set to radically overhaul international game from 2019

Ulster centre Luke Marshall. Photograph: Jonathan Porter/Inpho/Presseye/

Prop alleged to have made contact with the eye area of Ulster centre during Champions Cup game in France

Referee Mathieu Reynal blows his whistle to award  a try after Connacht’s Naulia Dawai touched down   late in the Champions Cup game against Wasps at The Sportsground on Saturday. Photograph:  Morgan Treacy/Inpho

EPCR admit referee’s error in awarding late Connacht lineout; Northampton may face investigation into selection

 Jamie Heaslip celebrates scoring Ireland’s  fourth try in the Six nations game against Italy at the Aviva Stadium in March. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Japan’s Kaito Shigeno and New Zealand’s TJ Perenara also shortlisted

Ireland players Craig Gilroy, Rob Kearney  and Devin Toner walk past a sportswear store in Chicago on Tuesday morning. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Joe Schmidt’s side aim to stop New Zealand making it 19 Test wins in a row on Saturday

Durham bowler Barry McCarthy could be in line to make his Ireland internatinal debut in the first KPC Series One-Day International against Sri Lanka at Malahide on Thursday. Photograph:   Stu Forster/Getty Images

Conditions could favour home side in Malahide for two One-Day Internationals

Barry McCarthy bowling for Durham during their county championship match against Warwickshire at Edgbaston. Photograph:  Stu Forster/Getty Images

Bowler rewarded after string of fine performances for Durham

Chris Adams has reversed his decision to become the new manager of Cricket Ireland’s national academy due to family reasons. Photograph:  Matthew Lewis/Getty Images

Former England player cites family reasons for not taking up national academy position

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump greets his supporters as he arrives to speak at a campaign rally at the Century Center in South Bend, Indiana. Photograph: Tannen Maury

Republican candidate’s anti-immigration speech used to promote summer tournament to be hosted by United States

New Zealand’s Ryan Crotty crosses the line to break Irish hearts during the 2013 autumn  international at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph:   James Crombie/Inpho

Main ticket categories go up €20 from epic meeting in 2013

Ireland internationals Ed Joyce and Kevin O’Brien bowl to members of the St Vincent’s College, Castleknock first-year cricket team at the launch of the Cricket Ireland Strategic Plan at  Smithfield Square in Dublin. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Governing body aims to boost participation by targeting club game for growth

Dinesha Devnarain of South Africa in action with Mary Waldron of Ireland during the Women’s ICC World Twenty20 India 2016 Group A match. Photo: Christopher Lee-IDI/IDI via Getty Images

South African leg-spinner Sune Luus proved the match-winner for her side

Indian security personnel stand alert ahead of the World T20 cricket tournament at The Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium in Dharamsala. Photograph: Getty Images

Ireland’s form has been mixed for John Bracewell’s side in recent times at T20

The Euro 2016 soccer trophy on display in Paris on Wednesday at an event to mark 100 days to the start of the competition. Photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

TV3 to show 22 games including shared coverage of final

US Amateur champion  Hannah O’Sullivan is part of a young USA selection for June’s Curtis Cup match against Britain and Ireland  at Dún Laoghaire Golf Club. Photograph: Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

US Amateur champion part of talented selection for matches at Dún Laoghaire GC

Crystal Palace defender believed to be reconsidering his international retirement

The  par-three at TPC Scottsdale, host to this week’s Phoenix Open. Photograph: Scott Halleran/Getty Images

‘Eldrick’ aces hole on just its fifth attempt to set off wild scenes in grandstands

The  Sher-e Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka will host games in the Under-19 World Cup. Photograph:   Munir Uz Zaman/AFP/Getty Images

Australia pull out of tournament over security concerns in country

The HPCA Stadium in  Dharamsala will host the Ireland men’s side for the first round of the World Twenty20 in March. Photograph:   Manjunath Kiran/AFP/Getty Images

Women drawn in tough group including defending champions Australia

Ireland celebrate as West Indies batsman Marlon Samuels walks from the field after being caught with LBW by Ireland’s bowler George Dockrell. Photograph: Marty Melville/AFP/Getty Images

Ireland led the fight for the second-tier nations with three wins in the tournament

Billy Walsh at Dublin Airport on Thursday morning as he departed for the United States. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Former Ireland coach releases statement contradicting claims over contract talks

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt has played down rumours linking him with any possible vacancy with England. Photograph:    Peter Cziborra/Action Images via Reuters/Livepic

Ireland coach downplays talk linking him with England post if vacancy should arise

Ed Joyce made 53 in Ireland’s first innings total of 219-8 against Zimbabwe in Harare. Photograph: Inpho

John Bracewell’s side pipped by two wickets in Harare after failing to fire with the bat

Ed Joyce: “We’ve got an experienced side and I think if ever we have a chance of running Australia close or beating them then it’s going to be tomorrow.” Photograph: Inpho.

Kevin O’Brien misses Stormont fixture due to hamstring injury

Ireland captain William Porterfield said: “We want to be playing regularly against top sides and these fixtures are a very welcome first step.” Photograph: Inpho

Ireland will play two One-Day Internationals against both sides next summer in Ireland

Paul Stirling batting against Jersey during the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier at  Malahide Cricket Club, Dublin. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Victories for the USA and Hong Kong edge victorious Ireland over World Twenty20 line

Ireland’s Andrew Balbirnie. Photograph: William Cherry

Fellow hosts Scotland fell to their second defeat of the weekend

Ireland captain William Porterfield on his way to an unbeaten 56  in the seven-wicket victory over Namibia at the ICC  World Twenty20 Qualifier at Stormont in  Belfast. Photograph:  William Cherry/Inpho/Presseye

Skipper William Porterfield makes success of move to No 3 with unbeaten 56

Ireland’s Tyrone Kane at the World Twenty20 qualifier warm-up match in Belfast. Photograph: INPHO/Presseye/Rowland White

Alex Cusack and Tyrone Kane both strike in their opening overs

Waringstown overcame Clontarf at Castle Avenue on Sunday. Photograph: Inpho

Tyrone Kane’s century helped propel Merrion into the semi-finals of Irish Senior Cup

Leinster Lightning’s John Mooney: claimed the first century in the competition’s three-year history. Photograph: Inpho

John Mooney’s side deny North West Warriors a run-rate bonus point to claim title

Coach Matt O’Connor talks to the  Leinster players during the Champions Cup semi-final against Toulon in Marseille. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Former coach believes managing expectation will be key for whoever takes over post

Tyrone Kane took three wickets in his first over in international cricket as Ireland lost by six wickets to Scotland at Bready. Photo:  Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Scotland win the first of three-game Twenty20 series by six wickets

Dom Joyce returned to interprovincial action in Rathmines yesterday

Joyce returns to interprovincial action after an 11-year-gap

Ireland’s George Dockrell catches Muhammed Naveed to secure victory over the United Arab Emirates in the Intercontinental Cup clash at Malahide. Photo:    Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Craig Young strikes in first over at Malahide to secure innings and 26 run win over UAE

Ireland’s Craig Young celebrates taking a wicket against the UAE during the InterContinental Cup clash at Malahide. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Team will return to Malahide today in a bid to finish the job

 Football Association of Ireland  statement addressing the €5 million settlement agreement with Fifa to drop legal action over the Thierry Henry handball that kept the country out of the 2010 World Cup.

Debt was subsequently written off at the end of 2014 ‘in view of the FAI’s financial situation’

FAI chief executive John Delaney has confirmed the association received a payment from Fifa resulting from the fall-out from the Thierry Henry handball incident in a World Cup play-off. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

FAI threatened to take legal action over Thierry Henry handball incident in World Cup play-off

Ireland’s John Mooney celebrates taking a wicket with team-mates at Malahide.  Photograph: Cathal Noonan.

United Arab Emirates still 136 runs short of follow-on total

Ireland’s William Porterfield and Paul Stirling in action during the InterContinental Cup match against UAE at Malahide. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho.

Paul Stirling plays second fiddle with outstanding score of 146

Ireland’s William Porterfield and Paul Stirling congratulate each other in Malahide. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

John Bracewell’s first day in charge ends on 420 for three after being put into bat

Tim Murtagh (L) is back in the Ireland side after recovering from a hamstring injury. Photograph: Inpho

John Bracewell’s tenure set to begin in a four-day game at Malahide

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