Morgan helps take cricket to fifth Irish Province
Cricket Ireland is expanding its horizons to the west with Jody Morgan, the father of international star Eoin, becoming president of the newly-formed Connacht Cricket Union.
The creation of a fifth provincial union shows both the growing popularity of the sport across the nation and also the success of Cricket Ireland in taking the game to less traditional cricketing areas.
Irish cricket is set to be in the headlines again next year with the national team undertaking in its second World Cup campaign on the Indian sub-continent in February and March followed by an RSA Challenge One Day International against England at Clontarf in August.
And it is a real coup for Connacht to have a figurehead like Morgan whose son played with such distinction for Ireland before taking up the opportunity to play Test match cricket with England.
Cricket Ireland Chairman David Williams said: "I am delighted that the Connacht Cricket Union has been formed. Cricket Ireland has been working to extend the playing of the game beyond its traditional boundaries and we all welcome this latest exciting development.
"Hot on the heels of the Irish government's support for the Malahide international ground development, it shows we are making great strides forward."
One of the reasons given for Eoin Morgan's rapid progress to the very top of the game with England has been his clever adapting of the cross-over skills between hurling and cricket.
So perhaps an area of Ireland famed for its gaelic games can produce another star in the future to match the feats of the Dubliner.
One of the early challenges for Nitin Bindal, the Secretary of the Connacht Union, will be to develop more playing facilities for the six founding clubs and he knows the hard work has only just begun.
Nitin said: "This is no matter of triumph till all the work put in delivers a good league, some decent players who could some day play representative cricket and a couple of quality grounds in the West.
"Right now, nothing has changed from the last few years. We realize we have a long road to travel before we can call this venture a success. having said that, it's great to be officially welcomed into the family of Irish cricket. We are especially looking forward to participating in the Cricket Ireland development programmes and establishing links with our sister Unions and clubs all over the island"