Cricket Ireland CEO Warren Deutrom is confident the country will have a dedicated cricket stadium by time the 2030 T20 World Cup arrives on these shores.
This week the International Cricket Council (ICC) selected Ireland as a preferred co-host of the event alongside England, Scotland and Wales.
The announcement is likely to accelerate plans to have a permanent playing facility, something Deutrom told RTÉ's Game On is badly needed.
"Due to the size of its playing surface, it’s different to probably all other sports played in Ireland," he said.
"Because of that, we require specialist facilities. They don’t exist except for pre-existing cricket clubs, whose infrastructure is relatively underdeveloped over the years, that means we have to spend hundreds of thousands of euro for pretty much all of our major fixtures.
I think the announcement of co-hosting the T20 World Cup gives real momentum to those discussions
"It’s a huge drain on the game and, of course, it’s a massive risk, bearing in mind it has been known to rain on occasions."
Discussions and lobbying of the government has been ongoing for over a decade, but Deutrom can see progress, given the news will cast further spotlight on the need for facilities.
"I think the announcement of co-hosting the T20 World Cup gives real momentum to those discussions.
"I hope it will be delivered well before then. I have already had discussions with government since the announcement."
Any permanent playing facility would be expected to be located at the National Sport Campus in Abbotstown.