Pollock Park was officially opened as Rugby Grounds in 1974.In the early eighties, the cricket and rugby clubs merged and with the help of Austin Branagh, the cricket square was laid. The specification was that it had to be a hard fast wicket with a bit in it for both bat and ball, the bowlers would now say that there is to much it for the batsmen!!!. There is a dedicated band of helpers who now help look after the 13 acres that include three rugby pitches, two artificial cricket wickets and a practice training area. Special praise should go however to Herbie Christie and Neil Hunter, who's tireless work is much appreciated by all at the club.
The Irish Cricket Union recognised that we have one of the best grounds in Ireland by awarding us in 1998 the three day game between Ireland and the MCC. Following our successful handling of this game, we were asked in 1999 to stage Ireland v South African Development XI game which was also a three day game. Johnty Rhodes played for Ireland and the opening attack for the development side were Dewald Pretorious and Andre Nel. Along with batsman Justin Ontong and wicketkeeper Thami Tsolekile all four went on to play test cricket.
In 2000 we had been asked to stage the second round match of the NatWest Trophy but unfortunately Ireland were knocked out in the first round.
In 2002 we hosted 2 matches in Division 1 of the European Championships, England v Holland and Denmark v Italy and in 2005 we hosted two matches in the ICC Trophy, Uganda v UAE and USA v Uganda.
Malcolm Speed the chairman of the ICC visited during the USA/Uganda match. He was amazed at the standard of the ground and commented how quick and true the outfield was. He could not believe that rugby was also played over most of the outfield during the winter.
Great pride is taken in looking after the grounds and we feel that we have, in Pollock Park, pitches that are of the highest standard.