Sport and Activities in Dublin


The many sports played in Ireland include Gaelic games (mainly Gaelic football and hurling), horse racing, show jumping, greyhound racing, basketball, fishing, handball, motor sport, MMA, target shooting and tennis. Hockey, golf, rowing, cricket, rugby union and Olympic target shooting are organised in an all-island basis, with a single team representing the whole of Ireland in international competitions.

Other sports, such as soccer and netball, have separate organizing bodies in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Gaelic Football is the most popular sport in Ireland in terms of match attendance. In 2003 accounted 34% of total sports attendances at events in the Republic of Ireland, followed by hurling at 23%, soccer at 16% and rugby at 8%

Stadiums in Dublin

In Dublin there are different main stadiums regarding the sport that takes place in it.

  • Gaelic football: Croke Park is the largest sport stadium in Ireland. It has a capacity of 82,300pax. It is the third-largest stadium in Europe after Nou Camp in Barcelona and Wembley Stadium in London. It hosts the premier Gaelic football and hurling games, international football matches and irregularly other sporting and non-sporting events including concerts
  • Rugby: Aviva Stadium (before I.R.F.U. Stadium Lansdowne Road) opened in May 2010. Is has 50,000 seats and it hosted the 2011 UEFA Europa League Final.
  • Football: County Dublin is home to five football stadiums: Tallaght Stadium, Dalymount Park, which is the oldest football stadium in the country, and the Richmond Park, UCD Bowl and Tolka Park. All of them hosted all "Group 3" games in the intermediary round of the 2011 UEFA Regions' Cup.
  • Cricket: Dublin has two Cricket grounds; one in Castle Avenue, which hosted its first one-day international match on 1999, and Malahide Cricket Club.
  • Boxing: The national boxing arena is located in The National Stadium.
  • Basketball: The National Basketball Arena stadium is located in Tallaght and it is the home of the Irish basketball team, the venue for the basketball league finals and has also hosted boxing and wrestling events.
  • Morton Stadium which held the athletics events of the 2003 Special Olympics, hosts the Gaelic Handball, hockey and athletics competitions.

Major Sporting Events in Dublin

  • Dublin Marathon: It has been run since 1980 on the last Monday in October. The Women's Mini Marathon has been run since 1983 on the first Monday in June, which is also a bank holiday in Ireland. It is the largest all female event of its kind in the world.
  • WAR (Wicklow Adventure Race): Based in Glendalough, WAR takes competitors through the valleys and mountain passes of Wicklow on foot, on bike and via kayak.
  • Gaelforce West: A unique adventure race consisting of a 67km linear course starting at dawn on Glassilaun beach in Connemara to a downhill cycle to Westport Quay.
  • Beast of Ballyhoura: This is a uniquely Irish non-stop adventure race across the ancient & magical surroundings of counties Cork, Limerick & Tipperary. Mixed teams of four compete unsupported, attempting to navigate the best route to win.

Gyms in Dublin

On you will find a complete list of gyms in Dublin City, information about their facilities and a comparison of their pros and cons. So, before you drop a huge amount of money, check out what's on offer.

Update 14/10/2017


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