Meet the players
- Born On: 3 September 1990
- Club: Middlesex
- Cap Number: 662
- Debut Match: March 2008 v UAE
- Batting Style: Right-hand
- Bowling Style: Right-arm off break
- Career Best: 177 v Canada in 2010 & 4-11 v Netherlands in 2010
Paul Robert Stirling
Paul is a very exciting opening batsman who strikes the ball very hard and is seen as one of the most talented young cricketers in the world at the moment. In addition he is a useful off spinner, working well in conjunction with George Dockrell on many occasions.
Another of the younger brigade for Ireland, Paul was first capped against UAE in Abu Dhabi in March 2008, aged 17. Since then and up to the conclusion of the 2012 ICC World Twenty20, Paul has represented Ireland 111 times.
In those matches he has scored 3,383 runs including 6 centuries. Of those the highest was 177 against Canada at Toronto in 2010. Four of his centuries came in the 16 matches he played in 2011, including one of 113 against the old enemy, Scotland, at Edinburgh.
As a bowler he has taken 43 wickets and has also taken many catches for Ireland, a total of 46 in 111 matches, putting him 12th in the all time list for Irish fielders.
Paul naturally takes to T20 cricket especially well with his devastating strike-rate making him very dangerous at the top of the order. This was especially well highlighted during the qualifiers for the 2012 ICC World T20 where his final three innings, in three must-win games for Ireland, were all crucial - especially his stunning 79 in the final against Afghanistan.
Paul has played his club cricket for Cliftonville, though he is now playing county cricket for Middlesex, whose supporters are now enjoying the all-round package he offers them as he stars regularly in the shorter formats for them at Lord’s. Paul’s father, Brian, is also an International Sportsman, having refereed International Rugby Football.
Paul Stirling's statistics coming soon
March 26th 2013
Full details of how clubs across Ireland can avail of special prices for the 2013 RSA Challenge
March 20th 2013
A sensational bowling spell from Trent Johnston coupled with a disciplined batting effort ensured Ireland won their second World Cup qualifying encounter against the United Arab Emirates in Sharjah.
March 20th 2013
Full highlights of Ireland's 5 wicket win over the UAE on Monday in Sharjah where Gary Wilson's Composed 72 not out steered Ireland home to crucial victory.
March 18th 2013
Gary Wilson settled Irish nerves scoring an unbeaten half century to lead his team to a five wicket win against the United Arab Emirates in the first of their two World Cup Qualifiers.
March 17th 2013
Ireland were superb in the field in Sharjah and a gem of an innings from Gary Wilson with a little help from Kevin O'Brien and John Mooney steered Ireland home to send them 4 points clear at the top of the ICC World Cricket League Championship Table.
March 15th 2013
Cricket Ireland looks for the Irish public to get behind their nation's cricketers as they push for qualification to the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand
March 14th 2013
Ireland's cricketers endured a tough examination in the searing sun of Sharjah but still have the upper hand after the third day of their InterContinental Cup clash against the UAE.
March 12th 2013
Highlights of Ireland's dominant first day in the ICC Intercontinental Cup in Sharjah versus the UAE.
March 12th 2013
A thoroughly professional first day batting display from Ireland has left them in control of their InterContinental Cup clash with the UAE in Sharjah.
March 10th 2013
Two full days play at the superb facilities of the Global Cricket Academy in Dubai will have blown away any of the winter cobwebs for the Ireland squad and it is a vital ten day's cricket ahead now for Ireland in the UAE.
March 6th 2013
Ireland Assistant Coach and video analyst Peter Johnston reports from the first couple of days of Ireland's training camp in the UAE
February 22nd 2013
Clontarf has been confirmed as the venue for the RSA Insurance ODI Series between Ireland and Pakistan.The Castle Avenue venue will host both fixtures which will take place on Thursday May 23 and Sunday May 26 (10:45am start).
February 15th 2013
Cricket Ireland have named an experienced squad of 14 ahead of their crucial tour of the UAE next month.
February 14th 2013
Max Sorensen and an exciting quartet of youngsters are the major beneficiaries of the 17 contracts announced by Cricket Ireland for the 2013 season, with a further five contracts to be offered in due course.
January 25th 2013
Paul Stirling is showing the world his class again as his side, the Sylhet Royals are unbeaten and top of the table in the Bangladesh Premier League.
January 3rd 2013
A look back on the year of Irish cricket in 2012. With footage and coverage from right across all areas of the sport here in Ireland.
December 13th 2012
Middlesex CCC are delighted to announce that Paul Stirling has signed a new three-year contract with the club. The deal means that Stirling will be available to play for Middlesex until at least the end of the 2015 English domestic cricket season.
November 16th 2012
Paul Stirling has been named as Ireland's RSA International Men's Player of the Year at the inaugural RSA Cricket Ireland Awards. The 22 year old Middlesex all-rounder beat off the challenge of fellow Ireland stars George Dockrell and Ed Joyce to lift the top prize in front of 300 players, officials and guests at the Round Room at the Mansion House.
October 16th 2012
The short-lists for two of the feature awards at next month's Inaugural RSA Cricket Ireland Awards have been announced. The International Men's and Women's Player of the Year short-lists both feature three stars from Ireland's cricketing year.
September 21st 2012
Video Highlights of Ireland's seven wicket loss to Australia in the opening match of Group B of the ICC World Twenty 20 on Wednesday in Colombo. Ireland must now re-group ahead of their crucial match against the West Indies on Monday at 3pm Irish time.
August 30th 2012
The short-list for the LG ICC Awards has been finalised and sees Irish players dominating the short-list with four of the five nominees for the ICC Associate and Affiliate Cricketer of the Year.
August 13th 2012
Irish players have dominated the shortlist for the Annual ICC Awards with six of the ten players nominated for the associate and affiliate player of the year coming from Ireland
July 19th 2012
Highlights from yesterday's 1st RSA Twenty20 International Series match against Bangladesh
July 13th 2012
Highlights from all of Wednesday and Thursday's action at Leinster Cricket Club in Rathmines
July 8th 2012
Evening Twenty20 International Cricket is coming to Ireland for the first time as Ireland take on will take on Bangladesh in a 3 match T20I series at the Stormont grounds in Belfast.