The foundation year of the original Dundalk Cricket Club is 1853 and is detailed in the 1865 publication of John Lawrence’s ‘Handbook of Cricket in Ireland’
From this time on there are mentions of the club or of Cricket being played in Dundalk and Co Louth up to the end of the nineteenth century.
John Lawrence’s ‘Handbook of Cricket in Ireland’ – 1865 edition
Ad that appeared in The Newry Examiner and Louth Adverstiser looking for new members.
Dundalk Grammar School CC founded
Caledonian CC v Dundalk CC Tour Match
The Freeman’s Journal 21st June Match Report
Louth County CC founded
‘The History of Dundalk’Lists Major The Hon. Augustus Jocelyn as club President and M. Kelly as Vice PresidentRecords field next to Grammar School as being a Cricket ground
Major The Hon. Augustus Jocelyn
The NewsletterDundalk Grammar School reported as playing a match
Dundalk G.S v Drogheda G.S. Scorecard
The Freeman’s Journal 6th July Fixtures
June Drogheda CC founded
July 6 Dundalk CC v Co. Louth Club at 11.00 am in Drumcar
July 10 North of Ireland CC v 16 of Co. Louth Club at 11:00 am in Drumcar
July 14 Lisrenny CC v Co. Louth Club at 11:00 am in Drumcar (Freemans Journal,Wednesday, July 05, 1865, p. 3)
Possibly Dundalk or Lisrenny CC c.1860/70s
(courtesy of Elaine Urquhart)
The Freeman’s Journal 28th April Fixtures:
The Freeman’s Journal 3rd May Fixtures:
The Freeman’s Journal 25th May Fixtures:
June 15 County Louth CC – Married v Single – at Drumcar ground, 10:30am. (Freemans Journal, Wednesday, June 13, 1866, p. 3).
June 23 (Sat) Co. Louth v 9th Lancers at Drumcar.July 13 & 14 Co Louth CC v NICC at Drumcar.July 28th & August 1 Na Shuler v 16 of Co. Louth at Drumcar, 10:30am.
Scorecard Louth v I Zingari 1st August, 1st, 2nd September 1868I Zingari won by 285 runs
1869Dundalk Grammar School reported as playing a matchDundalk CC reported as playing a match
1869Score reported in The NewsletterDundalk GS 69 and 28 v Drogheda 36 and 11Drogheda 34 and 37 v Dundalk 53 and 35 1870Portadown NewsScorecardDundalk Educational Institute 137 v Bessbrooke 44 and 56The NewsletterDundalk CC reported as playing a match
The Irish Times 16th August:
The Freeman’s Journal 13th May Match Report
Dundalk CC v Dundalk Grammar CC
The Freeman’s Journal 19th May
Phoenix CC v Dundalk CC Scorecard:
The Freeman’s Journal 1st June Fixtures:
Possibly the school team of St. Mary’s College, Dundalk (The Marists)
1937Tempests Annual contains an article Dundalk Cricket Club 1896 by P.L. Macardle
The St George McCarthy referred to in the above account is Thomas St George McCarthy one of the seven founders of the G.A.A.
The current club has it’s origins in the Dundalk Crusaders CC who operated out of Dundalk Rugby Club in the early nineties.
This club mainly played friendlies although they did compete in a few matches in the Fingal Cup and had a memorable win over Knockbrack CC but never affiliated to the Leinster Cricket Union before it quietly faded away.
Former Crusaders played a crucial role in the formation of the current club and can still be found in administrative and playing roles in the current set up.
The current Dundalk Cricket Club was formed in 2009 and came about as a result of an initiative by the Louth Sports Partnership.
In Summer 2009 a group of immigrants started playing cricket on a disused site near the old Dundalk Shopping Centre. Former members of Crusaders CC became aware of this and an approach was made to Noel Redmond (County Sports and Recreation Officer) and he explored the possibility of setting up a Club.
The club acquired it’s ground on the Green Road in Dromiskin just outside Dundalk early in 2010.
The club began by playing friendlies only in 2010 although it did enter into the Midlands and South East Cricket Association Dick O’Neil Cup progressing as far as the semi-finals.
The club is named “Club of the Month” in the world’s best selling cricket magazine ‘The Wisden Cricketer’ for October
The club formally joined the Leinster Cricket Union and entered a team into Division 11. The club uniquely in the province went unbeaten for the whole season and were therefore Division champions with the highest points total of any club.
The club entered a second team in Division 12. The first team having been promoted to Division 9 were again Division champions and promoted to Division 8 for 2013. The second team remained in Division 12 for the 2013 season.
The 1st XI finished third in the table and therefore remained in Division 8 for 2014, the 2nd XI finished at the bottom of Division 12 and were relegated to Division 13 for the 2014 season.
An artificial pitch is laid down at the club’s Dromiskin ground.
The club’s 1st and 2nd XIs are both relegated to Divisions 10 and 15 respectively.
The club reaches the final of the Dick O’Neill Cup for the first time but emerge as runners up to Co. Galway CC.
In association with the club an all girls team is founded in St. Vincents School and they make their friendly debut with plans to enter league cricket in 2015.
The Taverners side play the club’s first touring match overseas and play Central Brittany Cricket Club in Silfiac, France.