Donnybrook, Dublin

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Donnybrook (Irish: Domhnach Broc, meaning The Church of Saint Broc) is a district of Dublin, Ireland. It is situated on the southside of the city, in the Dublin 4 postal district, and is home to the Irish state broadcaster RTÉ. It was once part of the Pembroke Township. Its neighbouring suburbs are Ballsbridge, Sandymount, Ranelagh and Clonskeagh.

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History

Donnybrook was once the location of Donnybrook Fair, a fair held from the time of King John onwards, which became notorious for drunkenness and violent disorder. This gave rise to the term a donnybrook, meaning a brawl or fracas. The fair was banned in 1855, but a supermarket called Donnybrook Fair is on the main street. Parts of the lands on which Donnybrook Fair took place are occupied by Donnybrook Rugby Ground and Herbert Park.

Donnybrook is part of the Dáil Éireann constituency of Dublin South East, whose four elected representatives are Chris Andrews of Fianna Fáil, elected in 2007; Lucinda Creighton of Fine Gael, elected in 2007; Ruairi Quinn of the Labour Party, elected in February 1982; and John Gormley of the Green Party, elected in 1997.

Geography

The River Dodder runs through Donnybrook.

Education

Donnybrook is home to the all-girls' Muckross Park College.

People

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