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Tweets Of The Week


With Twitter becoming an ever growing way of life for online users it can be difficult to keep up with all the big tweets of the week when some stories simply take over the net for a couple of days such as the recent #SlaneGirl scandal. Here at Irish News Review we aim to bring you the best tweets of the week from a wide range of sectors in our new weekly segment. Here are our selections of interest from the past seven days: Continue reading

ICC Reverse World Cup Format


Ireland will be hot favourites to qualify for the 2015 Cricket World Cup after the International Cricket Council reversed the decision to restrict the tournament to the 10 Full Member nations.

The ongoing annual conference of the ICC has backed the decision to include four Associate teams in the tournament, reverting to the traditional 14 teams – the same number of teams that participated in this year’s World Cup,where Ireland and the heroics of Kevin O`Brien stole the show.

‘The ICC Executive Board opted to retain the 14-team format that was used at the highly successful and universally acclaimed ICC Cricket World Cup 2011,’ the governing body said in a statement. 

The ICC had sparked outrage in April when they announced plans to reduce the World Cup to a 10 team tournament, a decision that would exclude all Associate nations,one of which is Ireland.However the persistence of the Irish cricket board, fellow nations and indeed the reaction of the fans has forced the ICC`s hand. 

This u-turn represents a significant boost for Ireland, who will now be strongly expected to qualify for their third consecutive World Cup, after establishing themselves as the best-performed Associate nation in recent years.

In addition to today’s decision it was also agreed that the next two World twenty20 tournaments would be reduced back to 12 teams.

‘The ICC executive board today reversed its previous decisions and approved a 14-team format for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 to be held in Australia and New Zealand and a 12-team format for the ICC World Twenty20 events in 2012 (Sri Lanka) and 2014 (Bangladesh),’ the statement read.

‘The board had previously decided in October 2010 that the ICC Cricket World Cup would comprise a 10-team event and that the ICC World Twenty20 events would involve 16 teams.’

Ireland dump old enemy out of World Cup

Kevin O’Brien stunned the world of cricket at the Chinnaswamy stadium in Bangalore last night to help Ireland to an incredible World Cup victory over England by three wickets.

Four years on from knocking Pakistan out of the 2007 World Cup in the Caribbean, Ireland provided an even bigger shock, considering they had to chase down England’s mammoth runs total of 327 for eight on a batsman’s paradise. While Ireland`s win over Pakistan was blighted by the murder of Bob Woolmer, nothing can deny the Boys in Green from lapsing up this tremenmdous feat. 

They did it with O’Brien hitting the fastest century in World Cup history in the biggest run chase ever seen in the competition.

The pick of England’s bowlers belted to all parts of the stadium to huge cheers from both the Irish contingent of about 200 fans and the locals, who enjoy both an underdog and a big hitter.

The umpires were even forced to change the ball as one six smashed into the concrete terracing that accommodated the local fans, who danced and cheered and waved both Indian and Irish tricolours.

Kevin`s father Brendan was also in attendance to watch Ireland`s newest sporting hero and his brother Niall who was also on the team. Brendan captained Ireland during his 52 appearances, but he declared yesterday his finest hour in the game he loves.

“It’s the proudest day for me to have the two of them out there. And I suppose beating the old enemy is probably sweeter than anybody else,” he said, before recalling the broken windows suffered down the years in the O’Brien household on Gilford Road in Sandymount.

“A lot, a lot. There was a lot of test matches played in our front garden, him and Niall and their big brothers as well, but it was all worthwhile.”

 Taoiseach-elect Enda Kenny said the win would lift the nation’s spirit. “Ireland’s victory marks one of the finest days in Irish sport and my warmest congratulations go out to each and every member of the squad.”

He added: “Their supreme effort will lift the spirits of every single Irish person, no matter where they are in the world. Ireland’s performance is truly inspiring, demonstrating that, with self-belief, the apparently impossible can be made possible and that real change can occur.”