Cricket Ireland recently announced the appointment of four cricket umpires in first ever full-time umpire season contracts. Furthermore, as part of the development of women umpires, CI has doubled the number of women umpires on the Umpires Panels, with Mary Waldron continuing on the First-class Panel, and Laura Caughey being appointed to the Representative Panel.
Mary Waldron, who recently returned from umpiring in Australia during the Irish winter, said:
“I’ve really enjoyed my time in Australia over the last few months - I’ve had some fantastic umpiring experiences and hopefully have developed my knowledge and skills further.”
“I’m delighted that Laura has joined as the second female umpire on the Umpires Panel, and hope that we are the first of many women to be involved in top-level officiating in Ireland over coming years.”
Laura Caughey said:
“Gaining ICC full membership has not only helped in developing player pathways in Ireland, it is bringing about more opportunities for officials in the game too. It’s a huge honour for me to be included in the new Representative Panel. It’s a busy summer with a lot of fixtures in the diary already, but it’s a great chance to gain valuable experience at the next level with the top umpires in the country and I can’t wait to get started.”
“The inclusion of two women on the Panel is a great step forward for women’s participation at all levels in our sport too. I hope this will encourage others to take up umpiring as there are so many fantastic opportunities available.”