Ballsbrige is located just ten minutes south of the city centre, named for the bridge spanning the River Dodder, which was owned by a Mr. Ball. The bridge is at the centre of the Ballsbridge, the area stretches from Grand Canal on the north to the south along the Merrion Road towards Merrion and along Anglesea Road towards Donnybrook, and westwards to encompass the area around Pembroke Road, Clyde Road, Elgin Road, and Herbert Park.

One of Dublinís most famous road is in Ballsbridge; Raglan Road, the road that lent its name to the Patrick Kavanagh poem that was then set to music and sung, definitively, by Luke Kelly.

ĎOn Raglan Road on an autumn day I met her first and knew
That her dark hair would weave a snare that I might one day rue;
I saw the danger, yet I walked along the enchanted way,
And I said, let grief be a fallen leaf at the dawning of the day.í

National Print Museum is house in Ballsbridge in what was once a soldier's chapel dating to the 1860s. It now houses a unique collection of artefacts, implements and machines from all sectors of the printing industry in Ireland.

Irelandís national stadium for Rugby and football is located on Lansdowne Road and gives its name to the Stadium. It is currently out of use for a major redevelopment. It is the oldest international rugby venue that is still given to sports use.

Two of Irelandís main theatres are located here in Ballsbridge; The Abbey and Focus Theatre. The Abbey has been in existence since 1904 and is often referred to as the National Theatre of Ireland. The Abbey was the first state-subsidised theatre in the English-speaking world and played a huge role in the Gaelic revival and show housed many young Irish talents, both actors and playwrites. Focus Theatre has a particular emphasis on theatre that explores the human condition through the craft of the actor.

The Nearby RDS, is Irelands exhibition concert and convention centre.The premises consist of a number of exhibition halls, meeting rooms, a stadium, bars and restaurants. Each year it hosts the Dublin Horse Show, a major event in Dublinís Calendar.

On and around Ailesbury Road are located the bulk of Dublin's embassies and many diplomatic residences. Balllsbrige offers excellent entertainment venues between the RDS and its two theatres, clubs and pubs. There is also a number of very good restaurants in the area.

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