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Sports Facilities near The Merrion

The  Merrion, one of the finest Dublin hotels is ideal for luxury breaks in Dublin with a host of attractions nearby.  The Sports enthusiast is well serviced with numerous sporting grounds to choose from. Please choose from the selection below:


Portmarnock Golf Club
Portmarnock, Co Dublin.

Tel: + 353 1 8462968

Universally acknowledged as one of the truly great links courses, Portmarnock is situated to the north side of Dublin, about 12 miles from the city centre. Its quality and location have made it a splendid venue for some of the game’s great events

Royal Dublin Golf Club
North Bull Island Nature Reserve,
Dublin 3,

Tel: +353 1 833 6346

The Royal Dublin Golf Club is one of Ireland's oldest and most prestigous golf clubs. Founded in 1885, Royal Dublin is a classic golf links located just north of Dublin city centre on the famous Bull Island nature reserve.

Druids Glen Golf Club

As a leading Golf Course in Wicklow, Druids Glen is often referred to as "The Augusta of Europe". The flora and fauna of the Glen provide a colourful backdrop to a magnificent golf course. The forests and streams produce a haven for wildlife in what was once a home to the Druids.

Tel: 01 2873600

K Club
Designed by Arnold Palmer, The Palmer Course and The Smurfit Course at The K Club are considered two of Europe's finest Championship Courses.
Tel: 01 6017200


Leopardstown Race Course
Dublin 18
Tel: +353 1 2890500

Located just six miles south of Dublin's City Centre, Leopardstown Racecourse is Dublin's premier race trac. 22 racemeetings are held throughout the year, including the 4 Day Christmas National Hunt Festival and the prestigious Irish Champion Stakes, part of the World Series Championship.

The Curragh Race Course
Co. Kildare
Tel: +353 45 441 205

The Curragh Racecourse in Kildare is the head quarters of horse racing in Ireland since the first race took place in 1741 and one of Ireland's premier sporting venues.

Less than an hour from Dublin, they host the best flat racing in the country from March to October with 18 race days including all five Classic Races featuring the Etihad Airways Irish 1000 Guineas, Abu Dhabi Irish 2000 Guineas, Darley Irish Oaks, Irish St leger and the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby.

Fairyhouse Race Course
Co. Meath
Tel: +353 1 825 6167

Fairyhouse Racecourse is located at Ratoath just 15 miles from Dublin City and is home to the Irish Grand National since 1870.


The Aviva Stadium:
Formerly Lansdowne Road, The Aviva is a landmark known to all Dubliners and is located in the heart of the Ballsbridge area, Dublin 4.

Croke Park Stadium
Dublin 3

Tel: +353 1 819 2300

Home to the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA), Croke Park has been at the heart of Irish sporting life for over a hundred years.

Steeped in history, this landmark arena is the largest stadium venue in Ireland. Following its recent redevelopment, Croke Park now has capacity for 82,300 people and is the fourth largest stadium in Europe.

In addition to the cream of gaelic sports players, the best of Australia's AFL talent have played here. Muhammad Ali fought here. U2 and Tina Turner performed here. Croke Park also played host to the spectacular opening and closing ceremonies of the Special Olympics World Summer Games in 2003, the first time these events were held outside the United States. Billboard Magazine recently voted Croke Park as the worlds top rock venue.

The stadium is an inspirational venue not only for GAA supporters and players, but for sports fans from Ireland and abroad, for event planners and conference delegates, for historians, architects and engineers. It is a theatre of dreams and a modern piece of history right in the heart of Dublin and in the hearts of all Ireland.


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