Former Irish umpire Paddy O'Hara has been made a full member of the MCC.

He received the accolade last month and it is a great boost to the umpiring fraternity throughout Ireland.

"I was hugely honoured to be elected a full member of MCC," said O'Hara.

"It was primarily in recognition of my contribution to the Laws sub-committee over the last 14 years."

O'Hara has been busy over the close season making presentations on the new laws to NWACU&S, LCU&SA, NIACUS, MCUA and Cricket Scotland.

During a stellar career in the middle, O'Hara stood in 47 internationals, including the 1994 ICC Trophy final, before Test umpires took that particular honour out of amateur hands.

He was the first Irish official to stand in a NatWest Trophy game and he decided to go out at the top after being Ireland's nominated umpire at the 2001 ICC Trophy in Canada.

He worked as an Umpire Manager at tournaments for ICC Europe for many years where he passed on his great knowledge and experience to the next generation of upcoming umpires throughout the continent.