The Irish are mad for their sports and Dubliners are no different. The three most popular sports in Ireland by attendance at senior games would be Gaelic games, soccer and rugby although a huge variety of other sports are played across the county and country. We’ve listed out the games and the best sources of info in this section.
Gaelic games, as the name suggests, are games unique to Ireland. The two primary men’s Gaelic games are football and hurling under the auspices of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA). Women play ladies’ Gaelic football under the Ladies’ Gaelic Football Association (LGFA) and camogie (almost identical to hurling) under The Camogie Association. The GAA, the largest sporting organisation in the country, was established in 1884 and Croke Park, Ireland’s largest stadium, on Dublin’s northside is it’s headquarters.
Being a grassroots organisation, there are 134 Gaelic clubs across the county of Dublin, with 2,518 in total across Ireland. Players are chosen from these clubs
Whilst Gaelic Games are the most popular sport in the country, soccer, or football as it’s commonly known here, would be a close second. The Football Association of Ireland (FAI) are the governing body and oversee domestic leagues and national teams. Football is especially popular in urban areas and in 2015–16 the Leinster Senior League (LSL) for adults operated 23 divisions. The Dublin and District Schoolboys League (DDSL), founded in 1943, is affiliated with more than 200 clubs and operates divisions from boys and girls under 7 right up to under 18s.
The top tiers of football in Ireland are known as the SSE Airtricity League with two divisions: The Premier Division and the F
The Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) was formed in 1879 and is the governing body for rugby union in Ireland. There are four provincial branches of the IRFU for each province; Leinster, Munster, Connacht and Ulster. Leinster Rugby administrates the game in Dublin and there are 32 rugby union clubs in the county. Since 1995 each province has a professional men’s team that competes in the Pro12 and the European Rugby Champions Cup. Leinster play their home games primarily at the RDS Arena with certain larger games played at Aviva Stadium.
At international level, players are selected from each province to represent the island of Ireland (Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland co