Robin Walsh has been elected the President of Cricket Ireland at their AGM held in Dundalk.
The 73-year-old is a former Controller of BBC NI and editor of BBC Nine O’Clock Television News in London.
His cricketing journey began in his home city of Londonderry, where he played schoolboy cricket for Foyle College, and then Royal Belfast Academical Institution and Ulster Schools back in the 1950s.
A journalist by profession, Walsh played cricket where work took him. He had stints in the NCU at Larne, Ballymena and Instonians where he was responsible for youth cricket in the 1990s.
Following his election, Walsh said: “Irish cricket has been one of the great success stories of recent years and I am deeply honoured to be elected its president.”
Walsh served as President of the Northern Cricket Union with great distinction, and is also a former honorary public relations officer of Irish cricket. In recent years he has been cricket correspondent of “Sunday Life” and chairman of the Cricket Writers of Ireland - positions he has now relinquished.
“I really couldn’t be seen to be criticising Irish performances - not that that is likely,” he says.
Former North West Chairman, and current Chairman of the Cricket Ireland cricket committee Joe Doherty was named President elect, and will take over the reins from Walsh in 12 months time.
In other news from the AGM, Cricket Ireland announced a financial loss of €80k caused primarily by last year’s bad weather.
Cricket Ireland Chief Executive Warren Deutrom explained the financial performance saying: “Similar to many other cricket nations and Counties, the weather conspired against the business of cricket in Ireland last year.
“However, on the field, our male and female players of all ages continue to do us proud, while a two-thirds growth in participation numbers year-on-year is a powerful testament to the extraordinary growth of the game in Ireland, not to mention the tireless work of our magnificent volunteers and development staff.”
Cricket Ireland Chairman Ross McCollum added: “I’d like to wish Robin Walsh the very best for the coming year, and thank Arthur Vincent, who was a magnificent ambassador for Irish cricket.”