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The Royal Dublin Society

The Royal Dublin Society (RDS) is a venue for conferences, concerts and exhibitions. It was founded in 1731 and has a long history of working towards promoting and developing 4 important areas: agriculture, the arts, industry and science. The headquarters of the RDS are located in the suburb of Ballsbridge, in Dublin. Perhaps the most well-known venue on the premises is the RDS Arena.

The Dublin Horse Show

The RDS Arena was originally built to host equestrian events, the most famous of which is the Dublin Horse Show. First held in 1864, it's now one of the biggest sporting events on the Dublin calendar, attracting thousands of visitors to the city each summer. It’s a chance for the city to showcase Ireland’s love for horses, as well as some of the world’s best international show jumpers and show horses.

Alternative events at the RDS Arena

In addition to horse riding events, the stadium is also the home ground of Leinster Rugby, one of Ireland’s top rugby teams. However, for larger games Leinster also use the Aviva Stadium, home to Ireland’s national team and Six Nations rugby. The RDS Arena is also used on occasion for other sporting events, including football, tennis and wrestling.

The RDS Arena makes for a fantastic concert venue, with a concert capacity of up to 38,000. Many famous international artists have played there, including Queen, Bruce Springsteen, Michael Jackson and U2.

Whether you're attending a sporting event, or going to see a world-renowned artist play on stage, you’ll find it easy to reach the arena from the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Dublin..