Amy Kenealy has announced her retirement from international cricket after an 11-year career with the senior side.
31-year old Kenealy made her debut against West Indies Women in 2008 at her club cricket home ground in Rathmines. Since then she has played 72 times for the national team, claiming 45 wickets at an average of 32.84.
She achieved her career-best bowling figures of 4-32 against Bangladesh in 2016.
A pace bowler who often took the new ball for her country, Kenealy finishes her career as Ireland Women’s 12th highest all-time wicket-taker.
She said: “It is with all sorts of mixed emotions I am stepping away from the Ireland Women’s international team, but this is the correct decision for me right now.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank my teammates, coaches and Cricket Ireland staff for every opportunity that they have given me in this amazing part of my life - from the gruelling fitness sessions on Clontarf seafront back in 2006 to the amazing Sport Ireland Institute, to playing in men’s Division 12, to opening the bowling in a World Cup in India and everything in between.
“I can still remember that first phone call from Claire O’Leary in my leaving cert year to invite me to train with the squad – since that time I’ve given it my all, and have made so many friends and memories over this time.
“Although it is sad to step away, I’ll keep up with the progress of the team and be there to support the girls throughout.”