THE ROYAL DUBLIN SOCIETY
The Royal Dublin Society (RDS) was originally established in 1731 to help promote arts, sport and learning across Ireland. Since then, the RDS has expanded into a dynamic organisation, staging various events and social meetings at its iconic premises on the south side of Dublin.
Events by the RDSThe RDS is Ireland’s philanthropic society. As such, it has hosted numerous conferences and meetings over the years. These events span the arts, business, equestrianism and even agriculture.
The RDS Arena is one of the main attractions on the society's grounds, with the stadium being home to Leinster Rugby team – Ireland's most successful side in recent times. It’s used for other sporting events, too, from football to tennis and wrestling.
The Dublin Horse ShowThe Royal Dublin Society is also famous for organising the city's renowned horse show, which has taken place every year since 1868. Tens of thousands of spectators still descend on the arena every August to watch world-class show jumping. It was first hosted in 1864, and today, it’s one of the biggest sporting events in Dublin’s calendar.
The perfect concert venueWith a concert capacity of up to 38,000, it’s no surprise that the RDS is such a popular venue for world-renowned artists. In fact, the RDS grounds have been used to stage some of the Irish capital's biggest-ever music shows. Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson are just some of the stars to have performed here.
If you’re teaming a visit to the RDS with an overnight stay, the Radisson Blu St. Helen’s Hotel in Dublin is just over a 5-minute drive away.