Phoenix Park sport

A history

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The rolling grasslands and clear roads of Phoenix Park have long been a draw for sports and sportspeople alike.

From motor racing and cycling, to polo, cricket, soccer and hurling, the wide expanses allow for a broad range of activities.

Phoenix Park lends itself to team and individual sports and to non-competitive sporting pastimes alike.


poloplayerThe park’s countryside setting is underlined by the chuck of polo players striking the ball as ponies race around the polo grounds, which have been in use since the 1870s.

In 1893, the reported attendance at one tournament was 15,000. In 1909, there were an estimated 30,000 watching the riders compete.


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Brendan Nolan has reported on Phoenix Park as a freelance journalist for several decades and was a professional observer at many of the events of the late 20th century related herein.

He was born in Chapelizod in a house beside the churchyard of Le Fanu and counted Phoenix Park as his personal rambling ground through his growing years and beyond.

"Author Brendan Nolan provides a fascinating read."
Irish Independent.

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