|District of Dublin|
Donnybrook main street looking towards Stillorgan
|Elevation||11 m (36 ft)|
|Postal district(s)||Dublin 4|
|Irish Grid Reference||O169318|
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 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 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.
- 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
- Patrick Kavanagh
- Anthony Trollope
- Flann O'Brien aka Myles na gCopaleen aka Brian O'Nolan, lived on Belmont Avenue
- Benedict Kiely
- Padraic Colum
- Brendan Behan
- Denis Johnston and his wife, the actress/ director Shelah Richards
- Jack B. Yeats
- Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton
- John Boyd Dunlop (pneumatic tyre inventor)
- Guglielmo Marconi (wireless radio - lived in Montrose House, a family home of his mother's family the Jamesons of whiskey fame, now on the grounds of the national broadcaster RTÉ)
- Éamon de Valera (President of Ireland)
- Pádraig Pearse (a leader of the 1916 Easter Rising)
- The O'Rahilly (also a senior figure in the 1916 Easter Rising)
- Michael Collins (freedom-fighter killed during the Irish Civil War in 1922)
- George E. H. McElroy (WWI fighter ace RFC/RAF)
- Garret FitzGerald (former Taoiseach of Ireland)
- Albert Reynolds (former Taoiseach of Ireland)
- Shane MacGowan (singer/lyricist for the Pogues)
- Méav Ní Mhaolchatha (Singer, former Celtic Woman)
- Frederick May (composer)
- William Downes, 1st Baron Downes (eminent nineteenth century judge)
- Richard Gibson - Actor - Played part of Herr Otto Flick in sitcom series 'Allo 'Allo!
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.
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.
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.
- Donnybrook Parish (Sacred Heart Church) Web Site
- Donnybrook Website
- Friends of Donnybrook (Community Forum) Web Site
- Moriarty, Christopher Down the Dodder Wolfhound Press 1991 p.155
- Dictionary.com/Word of the Day Archive/donnybrook — etymology of the noun
- Dublins Famous People and Where They Lived by John Cowell
- A Literary Guide To Dublin by Vivien Igoe