Iveagh Grounds

The Iveagh Grounds is a multi-purpose sports facility based in Drimnagh/Crumlin, Dublin. It is the home base of several sports clubs and teams who are associated with the Guinness Athletic Union. These include St James’s Gate F.C. and St James Gaels GAA.[2] It is named after Edward Guinness, 1st Earl of Iveagh, who purchased the site and then donated it to the union. Other clubs that play at the Iveagh Grounds include a field hockey club[3] and a rugby union club.[4] As well as St James’s Gate F.C., two other association football clubs, Bangor Celtic F.C.[5] and St. John Bosco F.C.,[6] also play home games at the Iveagh Grounds. In 2017 Trinity College Dublin purchased the grounds for €2 million.

Sports facility in Drimnagh / Crumlin, Dublin, Ireland
Iveagh Grounds
Pneumonia Park[1]
Location Crumlin Road
Dublin 12
Owner Trinity College Dublin
Built 1920s
Opened 1928

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In 1905 John Lumsden, the chief medical officer at the St James’s Gate Brewery, the home of Guinness, founded the St James’s Gate Athletic and Cycling Union. This was later renamed the Guinness Athletic Union. From about 1912 Lumsden started campaigning for a permanent sports ground for the union. However, initially the Guinness board were reluctant to finance one. St James’s Gate F.C. was the most prominent member of the union; however, by the early 1920s the membership had almost doubled and its activities had expanded to include tennis, cricket and handball branches. In 1926 St James’s Gate Rugby Football Club was founded and 1928 saw the arrival of St James’s Gate Hockey Club. This expansion highlighted the need for a permanent home base. In 1922 a twenty-five-acre site on the Crumlin Road owned by a Mr. Begg was identified as a possible candidate. Begg had been offered £5,000 by the Dolphin’s Barn Brick Company but he eventually sold the site to Edward Guinness, 1st Earl of Iveagh because “he did not like the idea of having a quarry in front of his house”. Iveagh subsequently donated the site to the union. He also established a board of trustees, that included Lumsden, and donated a further £20,000 to develop and manage the site. However the 1st Earl of Iveagh died before work on the site was completed, so the Iveagh Grounds were officially opened on 14 April 1928 by Rupert Guinness, 2nd Earl of Iveagh and his wife Gwendolen Guinness, Countess of Iveagh.[7][8]

  1. “Iveagh Grounds – Known then as pneumonia park « Drimnagh is Good”. DrimnaghIsGood.com. Retrieved 28 January 2017.
  2. “Contact Us and Directions – St. James Gaels/An Caisleán”. StJamesGaels.com. Retrieved 28 January 2017.
  3. “Location – Guinness Ladies Hockey”. GuinnessLadiesHockey.com. Retrieved 28 January 2017.
  4. “Information and directions to Guinness Rugby Club”. GuinnessRugby.ie. Retrieved 28 January 2017.
  5. “Leinster Senior Football League”. lsl.ie. Retrieved 28 January 2017.
  6. “Leinster Senior Football League”. lsl.ie. Retrieved 28 January 2017.
  7. Needham, David. Ireland’s First Real World Cup -The Story of the 1924 Ireland Olympic Football Team. The Manuscript Publisher. ISBN 978-0-9571157-2-9.
  8. Corcoran, Tony (2009). The Goodness of Guinness: A Loving History of the Brewery, Its People, and the City of Dublin. Skyhorse Publishing.
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