Battle for the Castle: Cricket Match at Ardgillan Castle
The Hills C.C.V’s Balbriggan C.C
Ardgillan Castle & Demesne. Sunday August 14th
Ardgillan Castle hosted a cricket match between The Hills C.C and Balbriggan C.C., on Sunday 14th August in the Demesne. This event was organised by the Heritage Officer and the team in the castle to commemorate a cricket match that was held at Ardgillan in August 1829, between Ardgillan Castle and Kenure House. This historical match was the first reference to cricket being played in the North County and one of the first references to cricket being played in Ireland. In honour of the 1829 match, the two clubs held a ‘friendly’ on the lawn in the demesne overlooking the castle and the sea beyond. The weather was on their side and offered spectacular views for those in attendance.
Both teams played a great game, with the spirit of the event being cemented with a draw between the clubs. Men and women both young and old togged out to take on their rivals, with both teams playing some of their junior members. International players on both sides offered spectators a chance to see players at the top of their game, Max Sorenson & Ciara Metcalfe from The Hills C.C., took on Muhammad Furrukh from Balbriggan C.C.
Visitors to the demesne were given a chance to experience cricket in a historical setting with all members wearing their whites for the occasion. The Mayor, Cllr. Darragh Butler was in attendance and started the festivities by bowling the first ball on the day. Paul Smyth, Chairperson of The Hills C.C who captained his side on the day, thanked the castle for organising the event which helped to promote cricket in the north county. Albert Harper captain of the Balbriggan team welcomed the event and called on the castle and council to promote cricket more in the area, with the hopes that the clubs can return next year to ‘Battle for the Castle’ once again.