Founded in 1731, the RDS has been prominent in the active promotion and development of Agriculture, Arts, Industry, and Science in Ireland. The impact that the RDS has had on our country is immense.
The five foundation activities – Agriculture, Arts, Industry, Equestrianism, and Science – are prescribed by the Charter of the Royal Dublin Society. Each benefits from the direction of a dedicated Committee, whose objectives are to promote excellence, to encourage development and to advance awareness within their particular field. Events such as the Student Art Awards and National Crafts Competition, the Horse Show, the Boyle Medal for Excellence in Science, the Irish Forestry Awards, the Music Bursary and the Gold Medal Award for Industry ensure that the Society’s founding philosophy is still being expressed through its daily work.
WHAT IS THE RDS?
Today, the RDS is one of Ireland’s busiest event centres, hosting a wide range of events such as conferences, numerous public and trade exhibitions, concerts, product launches, press conferences, AGMs, board meetings, training seminars, rugby, soccer and the Fáilte Ireland Dublin Horse Show.
Our advantage lies in our experience, our flexibility and our location. Behind our unique and historic surroundings and façade, we offer a number of stunning neo-Georgian rooms as well as our recently renovated, multipurpose rooms all of which can be used for different event types of varying sizes.
Excellent catering facilities are at your disposal – whether you have 2 guests or 5,000. Our resident catering partner, Hospitality Options, can provide everything from fast food to silver service. Furthermore the RDS has parking on site for up to 2,000 vehicles.
Beyond the large scale of our commercial activities, and through the work of our Members, the RDS still continues to fulfil its commitment to the founding activities originally set out in 1731. Every year we undertake over 80 different...