Donnybrook, Dublin

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Domhnach Broc
District of Dublin
Donnybrook main street looking towards Stillorgan
Donnybrook main street looking towards Stillorgan
Donnybrook is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 53°19′26″N 6°14′24″W / 53.324°N 6.240°W / 53.324; -6.240Coordinates: 53°19′26″N 6°14′24″W / 53.324°N 6.240°W / 53.324; -6.240
Country Ireland
Province Leinster
County County Dublin
Elevation 11 m (36 ft)
Postal district(s) Dublin 4
Irish Grid Reference O169318
Kiely's pub and Yo Thai restaurant by night
Kiely's pub in Donnybrook

Donnybrook (Irish: Domhnach Broc, meaning "The Church of Saint Broc") is a district of Dublin, Ireland. It is situated on the southside of the city, in the Dublin 4 postal district, and is home to the Irish public service broadcaster Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ). It was once part of the Pembroke Township. Its neighbouring suburbs are Ballsbridge, Sandymount, Ranelagh and Clonskeagh.


Donnybrook Road in 1927, with the spire of Donnybrook Church visible in the distance.

Donnybrook was once the location of Donnybrook Fair, a fair held from the time of King John 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 and Herbert Park. Donnybrook Castle, home of the Ussher family whose most famous member was James Ussher, Archbishop of Armagh, is first mentioned in the reign of Elizabeth I, and was demolished early in the nineteenth century.


The RTÉ Television Centre and Radio Centre are located in Donnybrook.


Donnybrook is in the Dáil Éireann constituency of Dublin South–East and the Pembroke-Rathmines local electoral area of Dublin City Council.


The river Dodder runs through Donnybrook and at one time there was a ford here. It is subject to periodic serious flooding and in 1628 one of the Usshers of Donnybrook Castle was drowned while trying to cross.[1]


  • Donnybrook is home to the all-girls' Muckross Park College.
  • St. Mary's mixed primary school is located on Belmont ave.
  • John Scotus Secondary school, Morehampton road





Donnybrook is the traditional home of rugby union in Leinster. The headquarters of the Irish Rugby Football Union Leinster Branch is located opposite Donnybrook Stadium, where the professional Leinster team played their home games until recently. Kiely's pub in Donnybrook village is a traditional social point for rugby fans.[citation needed]

Rugby clubs Bective Rangers and Old Wesley have their home ground in Donnybrook Stadium. During the school year secondary schools such as St Conleth's College, Blackrock, Belvedere College, 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.

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  1. ^ Moriarty, Christopher Down the Dodder Wolfhound Press 1991 p.155