The History of Cricket in Leinster
First mention of cricket in Ireland when the Dublin Journal reported that the sons of the lord lieutenant had been seen playing in the Deer (Phoenix) Park
First match, between 'All Ireland' and The Garrison, also in the Phoenix Park
First reported references to cricket being played in schools, as a regular game with local rules is played in Clongowes Wood in County Kildare.
First reference to cricket being played in College Park, but club not founded till 1835
First match in Carlow, first club then founded there in 1831
First reference to cricket in Fingal appears, on the site of Ardgillan Demesne.
First club founded – Phoenix had several homes before settling on current ground in Phoenix Park is still the oldest and longest running cricket club in Ireland.
The Leinster club founded in Rathmines, which also played on several grounds
Ireland play their first international match, in the Phoenix Park against the Gentlemen of England and run out winners by 107 runs.
Malahide CC founded
First North v South fixture; Balbriggan CC founded
Pembroke CC founded at Sydney Parade
The great cricketer of the age, WG Grace, plays in Ireland for first time, at Rathmines
Clontarf CC founded
Cricket flourishes in provincial towns across Leinster, Westmeath has records of over 130 different cricket clubs from 1870-1884
Reports of more than 50 clubs playing cricket regularly in County Kilkenny, Gowran is known as 'Essentially a cricket village'.
First interprovincials played in Rathmines, as Leinster beat Ulster and Munster to top the table.
Trinity bowl out Warwickshire for 15 at Edgbaston
Leinster Branch of the Irish Cricket Union founded; organise Intermediate Cup, won by Athy
Leinster Junior League founded as a separate body, organising a championship
Leinster Branch votes to rename itself the Leinster Cricket Union
Sir Henry Cochrane builds a stunning cricket ground in Woodbrook, Co. Dublin and plays host to county and international sides over the coming years including Australia, India and South Africa. An audacious attempt to host a Test Match there in 1912 fails however.
LCU organise Junior Cup, first winners are Royal Hibernian Marine School
Leinster Cricket Union founded, first senior league with eight clubs is won by Leinster CC
Irish Cricket Union founded
Fingal League established with 18 teams entering including Rush, Balbriggan, Skerries, Portrane, Oldtown, Knockbrack, Ballymadun, Naul, Balrothery and Clonard
Ireland beat the West Indies (for the 1st time!) in College Park over 3 days in 1928
Leinster win Senior League for eighth year in a row – not done before or since. Whilst Pembroke are the first winners of Leinster Senior Cup.
First attempts at organising women's cricket
Merrion first club to do League/Cup double
Leinster women's XI play first representative games v Northumberland/Durham
First staging of the limited overs (20) Alan Murray Cup won by Leinster
Malahide become first club from outside central Dublin area to be to achieve senior status
Pembroke become the first club to achieve the Senior League, Senior Cup and Alan Murray Cup treble
Guinness Cup interprovincials commence with North and South Leinster sides
Old Belvedere win their fourth and final Leinster Senior Cup, concluding an era of dominance for the Cabra club that is no more after a hat-trick of titles in 1964, 1965, 1966. All 4 teams featured the great Alec O'Riordan.
Senior cup matches changed from timeless to limited (60) overs. Lower cups also change to limited overs format
Wiggins –Teape League senior competition added to Senior League and Cup
Women's cricket revived after dying out for over a decade, with Clontarf Women winning the double in 1977.
Phoenix become only club to achieve the Senior League, Senior Cup and Wiggins Teape League treble
South Leinster win Guinness Cup for the first time, in all they win five titles
Phoenix win the Senior Cup for the fifth year in a row – not done before or since
The Hills become first club for twenty-five years to achieve senior status in the same year as North Leinster win the Guinness Cup, one of their five wins in the competition.
Ireland host Australia for women’s ODI series
Phoenix become first Leinster club to win Irish Senior Cup
Leinster Senior League is divided into Section A and B based on results over the previous two years
After over seventy years in Leinster cricket - twenty-nine at senior level – falling membership numbers force the Carlisle club to close.
Mayo County club formed – are admitted to Minor Cup and win it – the only case ever of a Leinster trophy crossing the Shannon
Ireland beat Pakistan in two days in first women's Test match at College Park
Malahide defeat Rush in the first ever all Leinster Irish Senior Cup final
Ireland qualify for men's World Cup but lose ICC Trophy final in Clontarf
Ireland play first ODI in Leinster, a rained-off game against West Indies in Clontarf
North County confirm themselves as the dominant side of the new Millennium as they win a record 5th Irish Senior Cup as they beat Donemana by 43 runs in Strabane.
Major league restructuring – terms "senior club" and "junior club" are abolished and league divisions are numbered numerically.
Leinster Lightning are born, winning the relaunched 3-day and 50-over interprovincial titles
Ireland play their first ODI at Malahide, England win in front of 10,000 spectators
Leinster Lightning do the treble for the first time, a feat they repeat in 2016 and 2017
Merrion win the Irish Senior Cup, capping an unprecedented dominance by Leinster clubs making it 13 wins in 16 years since 2001.
LCU incorporated as a limited company with Board structure and rebranded as Cricket Leinster.
First time all major club finals and interprovincial 'live-streamed' to a global digital audience.
2018 Cricket Leinster HQ offices established in Sandyford, Dublin as home for staff and all governance meetings.
Ireland play their first Test match, against Pakistan at Malahide