Gaelic football and hurling are the national sports of Ireland. These are hugely exciting ancient games. Horse racing, rugby, and soccer are also popular Dublin sports, with tickets for major events selling like hotcake.

For the sports loving tourist, the city offers a wide range of sports from adrenaline-pumping activities like paragliding, abseiling, and go-karting to more relaxed pastimes. Its coastal areas ensure exciting water-based Dublin sports, whereas inland areas have a number of golf courses.

In addition, the city’s public parks have pitches specially marked out for football, rugby, and hurling, as well as tennis and basketball courts. Admissions to these popular Dublin sports are all to the public.

Adventure Activities Ltd
High-adrenaline sports
5 Trintonville Ave
01 668 8047

Hang-gliding and Paragliding Centre
Take to the skies south of Dublin
Kilmacanogue, Co Wicklow
01 830 3884

Sea Safari
Offers fast and furious activities for the thrill seeker
Malahide Marina, Malahide
01 806 1626
Croke Park
The home of the Dublin Gaelic Athletic Association
Jones Rd, Drumcondra
01 836 3222

Kylemore Indoor Karting
For families to enjoy
Killeen Rd, Killeen
01 626 1444

Edmonstown Golf Club
18-hole golf course
01 493 1082

Harold’s Cross Racetrack
With bars and restaurants to go with betting and racing
151 Harold’s Cross Rd
01 497 1081

Leopardstown Racecourse
Holds 4-day Leopardstown Festival, starting on Boxing Day (St. Stephen’s Day) and the weekend meetings throughout June and July.
01 289 3607

Lansdowne Road Stadium
Hosts international matches from August to May
Lansdowne Rd, Ballsbridge
01 668 9300
Irish National Sailing School
Offers intensive sailing courses
Marine Activity Centre, West Pier, Dun Laoghaire
01 284 4195

National Aquatic Centre
Features state-of-the-art water complex, including lots of rides (surfing machine, a pirate ship, water roller coaster, bubble pool, wave pool, and water slide and flume.
Snugborough Road, Blanchardstown
01 646 4300

Offers quasar, pool, and tenpin bowling
Malahide Rd, Coolock
01 848 5722

Offers lessons and equipment rentals, features a wind simulator
Grand Canal Dockyard, South Docks Rd, Ringsend
01 668 3945