Introduced by English colonial administrators and spread by soldiers and the railway network, cricket became the chief pastime of the island, and Ireland was good enough to beat the MCC and English sides.
Although both Ireland and Afghanistan were granted Test status by the International Cricket Council a year ago, neither of the newcomers can expect to be involved in full-length Test series any time soon.
On Friday, Ireland will play the first ever Test match as Pakistan come to Malahide.
"Everyone has been looking forward to this week, so it is a big occasion for all involved", the ICC website quoted Ireland captain William Porterfield, as saying.
"There have been a lot of people who have devoted a lot of their lives to making this moment happen".
On the other hand, there could be a lot of surprising moves from Ireland as they will be playing their first test.
Expectations of Ireland are low.
That outlook has led to next year's World Cup in England being shrunk to a 10-team event, with an all-play-all group stage.
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Joyce, who has also represented England in worldwide cricket, is the most experienced Ireland player in first-class cricket, having played 254 matches, scoring 18,414 runs with 47 centuries. The biggest thing was getting full membership.
That's because Ireland has been in the public eye only every four years, at Cricket World Cups. That first attempt failed, as did the next bids in 1997 and 2001.
Phil Simmons took over as coach and at the 2011 World Cup, the Irish stunned England in Bangalore, and in 2015 they defeated West Indies. "We would love to play Ireland in Pakistan". Pakistan will take being part of history here, but the Test will also double as crucial preparation for their two-Test series in England later in May and June.
"It is a massive occasion for everyone involved in Irish cricket", Porterfield told reporters.
Ireland were forced to make a late change to their squad after seamer Nathan Smith suffered a side strain in training, with Craig Young drafted in as cover.
Ireland expects to rely on a seam attack involving Rankin and Tim Murtagh. In the form of Mohammad Amir, Rahat Ali, Mohammad Abbas, and Hasan Ali, Pakistan have a fearsome pace attack that can bring the house down on their day. Shadab Khan, who was named his replacement, justified his selection with a 10-wicket haul against Northamptonshire.
"Brother, that's not just in our hands", Sarfraz said. This will be the first Test match between the two teams.
"I certainly didn't think I'd see it during my playing career, but the run to the Super Eights in 2007 really did create a bit more popularity around the game, and attention around Irish cricket".