Dublin City Sports Archive

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The Dublin City Sports Archive was established by Dublin City Library and Archive in September 2010 to provide a lasting legacy to Dublin’s term as European Capital of Sport.

Dublin has a rich sporting heritage, with sport also playing an intrinsic role in the city’s social and cultural identity. Every local sports club or organization produces its own original records such as photographs, programs, minute books, financial records, correspondence, lists of membership, results of competitions, social events ephemera, and scrapbooks. These records are evidence of its activities and its significance at local and national level, and are of immense value to researchers.

Search or browse Dublin City Sports Archive online.

Our Guidelines for Dublin City Sports Archive (PDF, 2.19MB) provides advice to sports clubs and organisations who may wish to donate sports archives to us. Please contact us at cityarchives@dublincity.ie for further information.



Shelbourne FC Oral History Project (links to micro site)

Search or browse the Shelbourne Supporters Development Group Archive online. Photographs and records relating to Shelbourne Football Club and its fans and players, mainly collected by Shelbourne Supporters Development Group.


DCSA/001 Maids of the Mountain Hockey Club

Maids of the Mountain 1st XI (1920)The Maids of the Mountain Ladies’ Hockey Club was founded in 1918 by Hilda O’Reilly (1898-1962; later Martin).  It merged with Three Rock Rovers Men’s Hockey Club in 1999 to become Three Rock Ladies, having shared facilities at the Rovers’ Grange Road, Rathfarnham complex since 1988.  The collection relates to the administrative, social and sporting history of the club. It includes minute books, annual reports and financial records, photographs, press-cuttings and other documents.

Photo: Maids of the Mountain 1st XI (1920)

Search or browse the Maids of the Mountain Hockey Club Archive online.

Maids of the Mountain Collection list (PDF, 235KB) cannot access PDF?

History of Maids of the Mountain Hockey Club: Talk by Hilary McDonagh


DCSA/008 Rathfarnham Golf Club Records

Rathfarnham Golf ClubThe Rathfarnham Golf Club (RGC) was founded in 1899 and was located in the area of the Butterfield House in Rathfarnham until 1966. The Club moved to Newtown in 1966. In 1999 the RGC celebrated its centenary year with various celebratory events. The members of the RGC had successes over the years including victories in the Barton Cup (1962), Irish Times Shield (1962) and Leinster Championships Mixed foursomes (2012). The RGC still exists and is located in Newtown.

The collection relates to the administrative and sporting history of the club. It includes minute books, annual reports and financial records, photographs, competitions books, rules and bye-laws and other documents.

Search or browse the Rathfarnham Golf Club Archive online.

Rathfarnham Golf Club Collection list (PDF, 227KB) cannot access PDF?


DCSA/009 Records of Miss Harriet Celenia ‘Ena’ Brooks (1921-2013)

Miss Harriet Celenia 'Ena' BrooksEna Brooks was born on 27 August 1921 in Dublin. Her sports career began as a hockey player at the Alexandra College Dublin and Dublin University.  Later, she became a successful female golf player. She was a member of the County Louth Golf Club and the Rathfarnham Golf Club and won a number of international caps. During her career, she won several national and international competitions. Ena Brooks died in January, 2013

The collection relates to the golf career of Harriet Celenia ‘Ena’ Brooks. It includes photographs, papers relating to various golf clubs, letters, golf sport material like score cards or fixture lists and other documents.

Records of Miss Harriet Celenia 'Ena' Brooks (PDF, 506KB) cannot access PDF?