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How the tiny Co Dublin seaside town of Rush roared like they were at Lord's

Rush Cricket Club released a picture of Morgan holding the cup with his young team mates

NOWHERE celebrated England's Cricket World Cup win as enthusiastically as the Irish men and women in the tiny Co Dublin coastal town of Rush.

The scenes in the cricket clubhouse 15 miles north of Dublin were as raucous as those at Lord's in the London district of St John's Wood.

"For any media organisations hoping to contact us between now and tomorrow morning. Don't," they tweeted mischievously in the aftermath of the victory, signalling the intensity with which they intended to celebrate.

"There won't be a cow milked in Rush for the next two weeks," agreed another townsman, using the proud hashtag #OneOfOurOwn

St Joseph's, Rush issued a picture of Eoin Morgan on the school cricket team

They were cheering for Eoin Morgan who captained their Under 11 side to the Leinster Cup and was now doing the same with the number one ranked one-day international team.

It was in Rush too that Morgan, in his early teens, played hurling twice a week, helping to develop his skills as a batsman, with the ancient field sport grip identical to cricket's reverse sweep.

England's latest hero is a third generation hurler and a fourth generation cricketer.

His former Rush CC coach Matt Sheridan told Sky News "from an early age we could see some talent to nurture".

"He played here from being a baby, I remember him dragging his bat through the car park and into the nets and the bat was as tall as Eoin was," he said.

"His parents knew where he was when he wasn't at home. He was at Rush Cricket Club. He played under-age cricket until 11 years of age but at seven, eight and nine we could see he was an outstanding talent.

"I suppose he was no different from any other 10 or 11-year-old, but we knew he was a serious competitor. He loved the sport, he intended to be a professional and an international cricketer at an early age.

"It was probably too soon to see personality traits but we knew he was a winner. So we are not surprised and we're very proud at how he has progressed."

The scenes in the cricket clubhouse 15 miles north of Dublin were as raucous as those at Lord's in the London district of St John's Wood

The club has released a picture of Morgan holding the cup with his Rush team mates and his former secondary school, St Joseph's posted a team shot from his time as their start player.

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