'Green Days: Cricket in Ireland 1792-2005'
By Gerard Siggins. Published by Nonsuch Publishing
While Ireland's qualification for the 2007 World Cup might have surprised many inside and outside the country, it is just the latest stage on a journey that began in the Phoenix Park more than two centuries ago.
Ireland's cricket history is an extraordinarily colourful one, peopled by writers such as Joyce, Shaw and Beckett, statesmen such as the Duke of Wellington, Parnell, John Redmond and John Hume, and personalities such as Lady Gregory, Thomas Andrews and Colin Farrell.
With a fascinating collection of vintage photographs, and stunning action shots from the modern era, Gerard Siggins tells the story of cricket in Ireland from the earliest days up to the ICC Trophy final in July 2005.
It is the story of a sport buffeted by the enormous social and political changes of the last 200 years, with war, famine, revolution, independence, and economic boom and bust all impacting on Irish cricket.
Now, with recent victories over West Indies, Zimbabwe and Surrey, the Irish team is well placed to have a successful World Cup. Cricket in Ireland 1792-2005 tells the stories of Irish cricket's darkest days and finest hours - and looks forward to many more to come.
'Green Days: Cricket in Ireland 1792-2005' is on sale from 21 October 2005. ISBN: 1845885120
'Ireland's 100 Cricket Greats'
By Gerard Siggins and James Fitzgerald
In 'Ireland's 100 Cricket Greats', Gerard Siggins and James Fitzgerald explore the stories of the top players to play for Ireland, bringing life to the long history of the game in the country and recounting some fascinating tales.
Recent stars such as Ed Joyce, Jeremy Bray, Niall O'Brien and Eoin Morgan are joined by others such as the former captain who was killed in the 1916 Rising, the baronet who picked a fight with WG Grace and the batsman who drowned off Taiwan after playing for Hong Kong.
'Ireland's 100 Cricket Greats' is published by Nonsuch Publishing, Ireland. ISBN 1845885643