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Sports Facilities near The Merrion

The Merrion five star luxury hotel is located within easy reach of all the main sports grounds, making it an ideal choice for a visit to Dublin to coincide with a match, racing fixture, or other sporting event. With easy access to a number of excellent golf courses, The Merrion is also perfect for a golf break in Dublin.

Golfing:

Portmarnock Golf Club
Tel: + 353 1 846 2968

Web: www.portmarnockgolfclub.ie

Widely acknowledged as one of the truly great links courses, Portmarnock is situated to the north side of Dublin, about 12 miles from the city centre. Its quality and location have made it a splendid venue for some of the game’s great events




Royal Dublin Golf Club
Tel: + 353 1 833 6346
Web: www.theroyaldublingolfclub.com

The Royal Dublin Golf Club is one of Ireland's oldest and most prestigious golf clubs. Founded in 1885, the Royal Dublin is a classic golf links located just north of Dublin city centre on the famous Bull Island nature reserve.




Druids Glen Golf Club
Tel: + 353 1 287 3600

Web: www.druidsglen.ie


Located in beautiful Co. Wicklow, to the south of Dublin, Druids Glen is often referred to as ‘The Augusta of Europe’. The flora and fauna of the Glen provide a scenic backdrop to a magnificent golf course, with the surrounding forests and streams a haven for wildlife in a magical place that was once a home to the Druids.

The K Club

Tel: + 353 1 601 7200
Web: www.kclub.com/golf

Designed by Arnold Palmer, The Palmer Course and The Smurfit Course at The K Club are considered two of Europe's finest Championship Courses. 
 The K Club is located in Co. Kildare, a short drive to the west of Dublin.

The Island Golf Club
Tel: +353 1 843 6205
Web:  www.theislandgolfclub.com

Located on a small island in north Co. Dublin, the Island is a links course that dates back to 1890 and is regarded as one of the finest in the country.

The European Club
Tel: + 353 404 47415
Web: www.theeuropeanclub.com

Located in Brittas, Co. Wicklow, the links of The European Club was designed by Pat Ruddy 
and is owned and operated by him with the help of his family.

Ruddy is a golf-writer and golf course designer whose work will be found also at such highly regarded venues as Ballyliffin, Druids Glen, Druids Heath, Rosapenna, Portsalon, St. Margaret's, 
Donegal (Murvagh) and Montreal Island Golf Club.

  Ruddy discovered the property when he surveyed Ireland's coastline by helicopter in search for a classic golf location. The result is a magnificent addition to the world's short supply 
of approximately 160 true links (51 of these are in Ireland).

 Champions from all over the world have discovered The European Club and Tiger Woods currently holds the course record of 67.

 The European Club hosted the Irish PGA Championship in 2007 and 2008. 

Carton House
Tel: + 353 1 651 7720
Web:  www.cartonhousegolf.com

Carton House Golf Club was the Irish Open Venue 2013. Located 14 miles west of Dublin City Centre, Carton is home to two of Ireland's finest championship golf courses.

The O'Meara Course, designed by two-time major winner, Mark O'Meara, is a classic parkland experience which meanders through acres of glorious pastures, ancient woodland and skirts the banks of the River Rye. It hosted the 2005 Irish Amateur Championship in 2005.
 The Montgomerie Course, designed by 7 times European Order of Merit winner, Colin Montgomerie, is a 7,300 yard "links style" journey across sweeping firm fairways, cavernous bunkers and impeccable greens. It has hosted some of the world's finest golfers at the 2005, 2006 & 2013 Irish Opens and the 2010 Irish Seniors Open.

Carton Demesne is home to Carton House Golf Club and the Golfing Union of Ireland, the oldest golfing union in the world. Carton House is the host venue for the GUI All Ireland Cups & Shields 2014 to 2017.


Racing:
Leopardstown Race Course

Tel: +353 1 2890500

Web: www.leopardstown.com

Located just six miles south of Dublin's City Centre, Leopardstown Racecourse is Dublin's premier race-track. 22 race meetings are held throughout the year, including the 4-Day Christmas National Hunt Festival and the prestigious Irish Champion Stakes, part of the World Series Championship.

The Curragh Race Course
Tel: +353 45 441 205
Web: www.curragh.ie

The Curragh Racecourse in Kildare has been the headquarters of horse racing in Ireland since the first race took place there in 1741, and is one of Ireland's premier sporting venues.

Less than an hour from Dublin, The Curragh hosts the best flat racing in the country from March to October with 18 race days, including five Classic Races - the Etihad Airways Irish 1000 Guineas, the Abu Dhabi Irish 2000 Guineas, the Darley Irish Oaks, Irish St. Leger and the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby.

Fairyhouse Race Course
Tel: +353 1 825 6167
Web: www.fairyhouse.ie

Fairyhouse Racecourse is located at Ratoath just 15 miles from Dublin City and has been home to the Irish Grand National since 1870.

Rugby:

The Aviva Stadium:
Formerly Lansdowne Road, The Aviva is a landmark known to all Dubliners and is located in the heart of the Ballsbridge area, Dublin 4.

GAA:
Home to the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA), Croke Park has been at the heart of Irish sporting life for over a hundred years.

Steeped in history as the site of Bloody Sunday in 1920, this landmark arena is the largest stadium venue in Ireland. Following its re-development, Croke Park has capacity for 82,300 people and is the fourth largest stadium in Europe.

In addition to the cream of Gaelic sports players, the best of Australia's AFL talent have played here. Muhammad Ali fought here. U2 and Tina Turner performed here. Croke Park also played host to the spectacular opening and closing ceremonies of the Special Olympics World Summer Games in 2003, the first time these events were held outside the United States.

The stadium is an inspirational venue not only for GAA supporters and players, but also for sports fans from Ireland and abroad, for event planners and conference delegates, and for historians, architects and engineers. Croke Park is a true theatre of dreams and a piece of modern history with a special place in the hearts of all Irish people, everywhere.

Fishing & Clay Pigeon Shooting:
The Concierge Team would be delighted to assist you in making arrangements for fishing and clay pigeon shooting during your stay at The Merrion.
 

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