Spectator Sports
The headquarters of almost all of Ireland's sporting organisations are in Dublin. The Irish national games are hurling, Gaelic football and Handball (less popular). Hurling is similar to hockey and is played with a stick called a hurley and a small ball called a sliotar (pronounced “shlit-ar”) and is one of the fastest field games in the world. Gaelic football is played with a soccer sized ball and is loosely a cross between soccer and rugby. Both games semi-finals and finals are played at Croke Park. This stadium is the 4th largest stadium in the European Union, and 6th largest in Europe as a whole, the 82,500-capacity headquarters of the Gaelic Athletic Association.. It traditionally hosts Gaelic football and Hurling games during the summer months and the finals are held in August. The Gaelic Athletic Association (website: www.gaa.ie) can provide information on both hurling and Gaelic football.

Rugby is also a very popular game and is played at Lansdowne Road Stadium, or at Croke Park while renovations are being done at Landsdowne Road Stadium.




It is hardly surprising that horse racing is so popular in Dublin, with Ireland being famous throughout the world for its jockeys and bloodstock. There are five racecourses in and around Dublin, which are accessible by bus or train. These race-courses also have great food and bars so its and enjoyable evening even if your horses haven’t done so well. There are five main racecourses in and around city so you’ll never be far from a great evening’s entertainment.

A night out at the dogs is still a popular pastime in the city. There are two greyhound tracks in Dublin Harold's Cross Road and Shelbourne Park. These facilities have been recently revamped and now offer food and drink to a high standard, and with the right crowd a night out at the dogs can be electric.

Ireland sporting national stadiums are:
Croke Park Stadium, Croke Park, Dublin 3
Lansdowne Road Stadium. Lansdowne Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4


The main horse racecourse in and around Dublin are:
Naas Racecourse, Pipper Road Naas, County Kildare
Leopardstown Racecourse, Leopardstown, Dublin 18
Fairyhouse, Rathoath, Co Meath
Punchesstown Racecourse Naas Co. Kildare
The Curragh racecourse, Co. Kildare


The two greyhound tracks are:
Harold's Cross Road
Shelbourne Park.


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