Council Honours Local Cricket Hero

John MooneyInternational cricketer and Balrothery man, John Mooney was honoured with a reception for his great achievements in cricket at County Hall, Swords. He is pictured being presented with a momento by County Mayor, Cllr David O'Connor

County Mayor, Cllr David O’Connor hosted a reception in County Hall, Swords on 11th April, where the County Council formally recognised and rewarded international cricket star and Balrothery man, John Mooney following his recent retirement from International cricket. The reception came on foot of a motion put down by Cllr Adrian Henchy (FF).
John is a very proud North County man who earned 182 caps in a wonderful career over 14 years playing cricket for Ireland. He is unique in having played in three Cricket World Cups and will be remembered for hitting the winning runs to beat England at the 2011 World Cup.
Mayor O’Connor said, As Mayor 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 20/20s. He scored 2605 runs at an average of 23.68. He has, with other local cricketers, raised the profile of this wonderful sport throughout Fingal and Ireland.”
Chief Executive of Fingal County Council, Paul Reid, stated “I am delighted to welcome John Mooney to County Hall this evening to celebrate his long and illustrious contribution to cricket. We recognise 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 9 years and in excess of 7000 students in primary and secondary schools participated in our schools cricket programme throughout the county in 2015.” The event was attended by John and members of his family, as well as the elected members of the County Council and the incoming President of Cricket Ireland, Mr. Henry Tighe.
An emotional John paid tribute to his wife and family and said that he was always aware that he was representing Fingal when he played for Ireland. “We were called the ‘Gallians’. This is much more than a presentation and it has always been a privilege to represent Fingal. The County Council have always been very supportive to me and to my club, North County,” he said. He also paid tribute to his late father, who inspired him to take up cricket in the first place.