David O'Connor formally became Cricket Ireland President at the weekend, taking over the reins from Aideen Rice. Philip Black was named President Elect for 2020.
O'Connor was Mayor of Fingal from 2015-2016, and recently stood down from his Council duties after almost 19 years on the job in advance of taking on the President’s role at Cricket Ireland.
The North County man was a popular and ardent figurehead and supporter of Irish cricket, most notably when dressed as St Patrick in the West Indies at the 2007 World Cup.
“I'm very proud to represent my club North County, Fingal and Leinster cricket by becoming President of Cricket Ireland," said O'Connor at the Cricket Ireland AGM in the Ballymascanlon Hotel.
"It will be an exciting year ahead and one which I’m looking forward to watching Irish sides – men, women and underage – at home and on the world stage.
"While it's indeed a great honour personally, I'm very conscious of the footsteps I'm stepping into and am delighted to be following our first-ever woman president Aideen Rice. Aideen has done a fantastic job travelling Ireland and the world to represent us all.
"She had a lovely style and panache about her, she threw herself fully into the role. It was particularly great she was there for our women cricketers, and I hope I can continue to represent all cricketers - international and local - across Ireland as well as Aideen did.”