International captain, Team Manager, Chair of National Selectors and coach – these are just a few of the roles Irish cricket legend Miriam Grealey has held over the last 40 years.

Today she decided that “all good things must come to an end” and announced she will step down this month as Ireland Women’s selector, effectively ending a 40-year involvement in international cricket.

She made her international debut in 1985 – playing 79 One-Day internationals and one Test match - and rising to the national captaincy and breaking many records along the way.

In 2017 she was honoured by MCC who elected her to Honorary Life Membership of MCC for her services to cricket and was inducted into the Cricket Writers of Ireland Hall of Fame in the same year in tandem with another legend of the Irish game, Mary-Pat Moore.

Recalling memories from her playing days Grealey said:

"Individually, I guess scoring my first 100 for my country against Pakistan stands out.
I also remember hitting 50 against Australia in College Park, solely because I had to face Cathryn Fitzpatrick and my teammates all knew I preferred slow bowling to quickies.
I was fairly black-and-blue by the time she had finished her spell, so it was without exception my best battling 50!

"I guess though my proudest moment was winning the European Cup with Ireland in 2001, our first major trophy beating England in the final."

And it seems even in 'retirement' she will not be far from the game asked whether she would still be seen around the ground her reply was:

'Yes of course, it would be impossible to keep me away.'