Donnybrook, Dublin
Donnybrook is a district of Dublin, Ireland
Republic of Ireland
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. It is situated on the southside
Southside (Dublin)
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 of the city, in the Dublin 4
Dublin 4
Dublin 4 is a postal district of Dublin, Ireland including the suburbs of Sandymount, Ballsbridge, Donnybrook, Ringsend and Irishtown on the South side of Dublin....

 postal district, and is home to the Irish state broadcaster RTÉ
Raidió Teilifís Éireann
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. It was once part of the Pembroke Township
Pembroke Township
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. Its neighbouring suburbs are Ballsbridge
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, Sandymount
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, Ranelagh
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 and Clonskeagh
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Donnybrook was once the location of Donnybrook Fair
Donnybrook Fair
Donnybrook Fair was a fair that used to be held in Donnybrook, Dublin from the 13th century until the 1850s. It has given its name to an Irish jig, a broadsheet ballad, and a slang term for a brawl or riot.-History:...

, a fair
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 held from the time of King John
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 onwards, which became notorious for drunkenness and violent disorder. This gave rise to the term a donnybrook, meaning a brawl or fracas. The fair was banned in 1855, but a supermarket called Donnybrook Fair is on the main street. Parts of the lands on which Donnybrook Fair took place are occupied by Donnybrook Rugby Ground
Donnybrook Rugby Ground
Donnybrook Stadium is a rugby union stadium in Donnybrook, Dublin 4, Ireland.- Usage :The ground is the former home stadium of Leinster Rugby and they still play friendly games in Donnybrook...

 and Herbert Park
Herbert Park
Herbert Park is the name of a road and a public park in Ballsbridge, Dublin.-History:The land used for the park was given to the city by the Earl of Pembroke whose family name was Herbert. In 1907, the World Fair known as the Irish International Exhibition was held in Ballsbridge...



Donnybrook is in the Dáil Éireann
Dáil Éireann
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 constituency of Dublin South East
Dublin South East (Dáil Éireann constituency)
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 and the Pembroke-Rathmines local electoral area
Local electoral area
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 of Dublin City Council
Dublin City Council
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Donnybrook is home to the all-girls' Muckross Park College
Muckross Park College
Muckross Park College is a private Catholic all girls secondary school located in Donnybrook, Dublin 4, Ireland. Founded in 1901, the curriculum is traditional, with a broad general programme of subjects and a compulsory Transition year programme. Muckross is one of a number of Dominican schools in...

St. Mary's mixed primary school is located on Belmont ave.


  • Patrick Kavanagh
    Patrick Kavanagh
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  • Anthony Trollope
    Anthony Trollope
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  • Flann O'Brien
    Flann O'Brien
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     aka Myles na gCopaleen aka Brian O'Nolan, lived on Belmont Avenue
  • Benedict Kiely
    Benedict Kiely
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  • Padraic Colum
    Padraic Colum
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  • Brendan Behan
    Brendan Behan
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  • Denis Johnston
    Denis Johnston
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     and his wife, the actress/ director Shelah Richards


  • Jack B. Yeats
  • Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton
  • John Boyd Dunlop
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     (pneumatic tyre inventor)
  • Guglielmo Marconi
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     (wireless radio - lived in Montrose House, a family home of his mother's family the Jameson
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    s of whiskey fame, now on the grounds of the state broadcaster RTÉ)
  • Éamon de Valera
    Éamon de Valera
    Éamon de Valera was one of the dominant political figures in twentieth century Ireland, serving as head of government of the Irish Free State and head of government and head of state of Ireland...

     (President of Ireland)
  • Pádraig Pearse (a leader of the 1916 Easter Rising)
  • The O'Rahilly
    The O'Rahilly
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     (also a senior figure in the 1916 Easter Rising)
  • Michael Collins
    Michael Collins (Irish leader)
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     (freedom-fighter killed during the Irish Civil War
    Irish Civil War
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     in 1922)
  • Peter Quinn
    Peter Quinn
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  • George E. H. McElroy
    George McElroy
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     (WWI fighter ace RFC/RAF)
  • Garret FitzGerald
    Garret FitzGerald
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     (former Taoiseach
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     of Ireland)
  • Albert Reynolds
    Albert Reynolds
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     (former Taoiseach
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     of Ireland)
  • Shane MacGowan
    Shane MacGowan
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     (singer/lyricist for the Pogues)
  • Méav Ní Mhaolchatha
    Méav Ní Mhaolchatha
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     (Singer, former Celtic Woman)
  • Frederick May (composer)
    Frederick May (composer)
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  • William Downes, Ist Baron Downes (eminent nineteenth century judge)
  • Richard Gibson
    Richard Gibson
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     - Actor - Played part of Herr Otto Flick
    Herr Otto Flick
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     in sitcom series 'Allo 'Allo!
    'Allo 'Allo!
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Donnybrook is the traditional home of rugby union
Rugby union
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 in Leinster
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. The headquarters of the Irish Rugby Football Union
Irish Rugby Football Union
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 Leinster Branch
Leinster Rugby
Leinster Rugby, usually referred to simply as Leinster, is an Irish professional rugby union team based in Dublin, representing the Irish province of Leinster, that competes in the RaboDirect Pro 12 and also competes in the Heineken Cup...

 is located opposite Donnybrook Stadium, where the professional Leinster
Leinster Rugby
Leinster Rugby, usually referred to simply as Leinster, is an Irish professional rugby union team based in Dublin, representing the Irish province of Leinster, that competes in the RaboDirect Pro 12 and also competes in the Heineken Cup...

 team played their home games until recently. Kiely's pub in Donnybrook village is a traditional social point for rugby fans.

Rugby clubs Bective Rangers
Bective Rangers
Bective Rangers is a rugby union club in Dublin, Ireland founded in 1881.The Club is affiliated to the Leinster Branch of the Irish Rugby Football Union and play in Division 2 of the All Ireland League....

 and Old Wesley
Old Wesley
Old Wesley Rugby Football Club was founded in 1891 from the past pupils of Wesley College, Dublin. Since then it has become one of Leinster's most famous clubs. The club won the Leinster Senior Cup in 1909 and 1985 as well as winning the AIL Division 2 title in 1989...

 have their home ground in Donnybrook Stadium. During the school year secondary schools such as St Conleth's College
St Conleth's College
St. Conleth's College is a fee-paying Catholic school in Dublin, Ireland, founded in 1939, by Bernard Sheppard, who ran the school from 16 Clyde Road until due to demand the school was upgraded to the larger premises at 28 Clyde Road....

, Blackrock, Belvedere College
Belvedere College
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, Clongowes, St. Michaels and many more play rugby in Donnybrook Stadium.

There are several tennis clubs in Donnybrook, Donnybrook LTC (Lawn Tennis Club), St.Marys LTC, and Bective LTC.

Belmont Football Club has its home ground in Herbert Park.

Merrion Cricket Club is located in Donnybrook, off Anglesea Road and backing on to the Dodder.

See also

  • List of towns and villages in Ireland

External links

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