Miriam Grealey has stepped down as coach of Ireland women due to family commitments, Cricket Ireland has announced. She had held the position for two and a half years, as well as coaching the development side for six years.

Grealey has been heavily involved in cricket for decades, including an 18-year international career for Ireland.

She said of her decision, "I've really enjoyed my time with the Ireland senior team, but it has just become too time consuming with my family responsibilities. I will still be involved with coaching at grass-roots level, and will assist Cricket Ireland in any way I can. I wish my successor all the very best in the role."

Cricket Ireland chairman David Williams said: "Miriam's service to the game in Ireland has been without equal and I thank her on behalf of all in Cricket Ireland. Her dedication, loyalty, and professionalism has been instrumental in the success of the women's game in recent years. She will be sorely missed."

Her replacement is expected to be sorted out in the next few months, a board spokesperson told Cricinfo: "The issue of the women's coach will be discussed at the next meeting of the Cricket Committee and I expect an announcement to be made about the way forward before the end of this month."