cover of Cricket in Ireland 1792-2005


The Sunday Independent
by Charles Lysaght, 27 November 2005

In this timely book, Sunday Tribune cricket writer Gerard Siggins confirms what has emerged from several local histories - that cricket was Ireland's most popular game in the years between the Famine and the 1880s Land War. It was played right across the social and religious spectrum - because of the numbers required, cricket clubs did not lend themselves as much to social exclusiveness as tennis or golf clubs.

...Apart from the early period, this book is largely focused on the performances of the Irish cricket team. The author packs in an enormous amount of information on individual matches. He is also good on club championships and there is a welcome chapter on women's cricket. The photographs are excellent....


'Green Days' Goes Down Memory Lane
by Ian Callender, The Newsletter,
Monday 7 November 2005

Irish cricket is on the up and, with almost perfect timing, a book telling the story of its first 213 years is on the bookshelves.

The author is Ger Siggins, assistant editor of the Sunday Tribune, who is one of the best sources of cricket history on the island.

In his introduction he acknowledges the limited reference books but, rightly, says that "Irish cricket literature is thin on the ground". With Siggins' name on a book that spans more than two centuries, the early years were never going to be neglected. It makes for fascinating reading....


The Leinster Umpires Newsletter 175
by Stu Daultrey, November 2005

Ger Siggins's book was launched in Railway Union Sports Club on the 20th October, superficially the result of half a summer's work by the author but in reality a twelve-week distillation of a lifelong passion for and study of Irish cricket.

Siggins writes with a light touch, and gives an excellent impression of the sorts of people who played the game, how they played it, against whom they played (lots of chaps on lots of tours, but making sure that when the chaps weren't up to much there were a few professionals to do the business).


The Sunday Tribune
by Malachy Clerkin, November 2005

This history of the game in Ireland is by turns engaging and entertaining, full of learn-something-new-every-day tidbits and factoids.

It's written in a straight-up style, no waffle. Siggins is that rare thing in writers of sports books - a bona fide authority on his subject.


Sunday Life
by Robin Walsh, November 2005

The book will be an appreciated addition to the cricket lover's Christmas stocking - and a welcome one for the many who have recently been converted to the game through the heroics of England's Ashes and, of course, Ireland's recent exploits so well chronicled by Siggins.

...he has been able to combine statistics (thankfully, not overdone) with a narrative that goes well beyond the boundary line...