Located less than 3 kilometres south of Dublin city centre Donnybrook is a well-established, quintessential suburb in the heart of Dublin 4, one of Ireland’s most prestigious postcodes. Nestled between the bustling areas of Ballsbridge and Ranelagh – Donnybrook is a desirable neighbourhood known for its wide leafy avenues, charming red brick Edwardian and Victorian architecture, and community feel.

With origins dating back to Norman times, Donnybrook Village is steeped in history. Donnybrook Graveyard dates back to the 8th century and is reputed to be the site of a convent founded by St. Broc. The Donnybrook Fair held every August from 1204 until 1855, drew crowds of up to 75,000 annually. The site of the former Donnybrook Fair is now home to Bective Rangers Rugby Club. 

In 1963 Ireland’s public service broadcaster, RTÉ opened a broadcasting campus in Donnybrook which is home to RTÉ’s Radio and Television Centres. Further down Anglesea Road the Royal Dublin Society is renowned for its history and cultural events including The Dublin Horse Show which dates back to 1884.

Donnybrook Village enjoys a myriad of popular dining establishments including; Marco Pierre White’s Courtyard Bar & Grill, The Hampton Hotel, Happy Out Café, Café Nero and The Natural Bakery along with an array of popular shops – from eclectic boutiques, food emporiums like Donnybrook Fair and The Butler’s Pantry, Terroirs Wine, O’Briens Wine, Hampton Books, Donnybrook Bikes, Mink Beauty, a choice of pharmacies, Tesco Express and Spar.  

A wide range of recreational facilities surround Donnybrook, such as the beautifully landscaped 32-acre Herbert Park which opened in 1911 and is home to an extensive range of amenities including bowling greens, football pitches, tennis courts, duck ponds and Lolly & Cooks café. 

Herbert Park is situated between Donnybrook and Ballsbridge Village and on the banks of the River Dodder which runs from the foot of the Dublin Mountains and joins the River Liffey at Ringsend. 

Donnybrook is the home of Leister Rugby and a variety of sports clubs and grounds including; Muckross Hockey Club, Donnybrook Lawn Tennis Club, Belmont Football Club, Bective Rangers Rugby Club, and Wesley Rugby Club. The RDS, the Aviva Stadium, Elm Park Golf & Sports Club, St Mary’s Rugby Club, UCD Sports Campus and Fitzwilliam Lawn Tennis Club are also nearby.

There is an excellent choice of schools in the area that are popular with Donnybrook residents including; The Teresian School, Muckross College, St. Michael’s College, Alexandra College, Gonzaga College SJ, Loretto College St. Stephen’s Green and St. Conleth’s College, along with Third Level Universities; University College Dublin (UCD), Trinity College (TCD) and The Royal College of Surgeons (RCSI) all within a short commute.  

Donnybrook is serviced well with Dublin Bus serving the area and Irish Rail and DART Services, and the Green Luas line within walking distance. Dublin International Airport is also within easy reach via the Port Tunnel and M50.

With something for everyone, Donnybrook appeals to a wide variety of residents including professionals, students, long-term residents, and families attracted by the mixture of local amenities, access to the city and offering of schools and sports clubs. If you are thinking of buying, selling or renting a property in Donnybrook, then talk to our team today. Eoin O’Neill Property Advisers is a leading Estate Agents in Donnybrook with expert local knowledge, led by Eoin O’Neill who has been matching homes with buyers throughout Dublin 4 and surrounding areas for over 32 years.

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