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St Patricks Athletic Richmond Park

Guided History Tours of Richmond Park and St Pat's Club Offices

Saturday 11 May 11am and 12.30pm

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Location Richmond Park, 8- 125 Emmet Rd, Inchicore, Dublin, D08 E0Y7

This year’s Culture Date with Dublin 8 event is a guided tour of Richmond Park and the club offices at 125 Emmet Road led by club historian Dermot Looney, author of Saints Rising – The Early History of St Patrick’s Athletic FC. Learn about the Saints greats who’ve graced the pitch, from Shay Gibbons and Ronnie Whelan Senior to Gordon Banks, Paul McGrath and modern-day legends like Chris Forrester. Find out about the fascinating history of the ground dating back hundreds of years to the Guinness family and the British Army. Take a selfie with the FAI Cup or any of the other trophies dotted around the club offices, or better yet tour the dressing rooms and step out onto the famous Richmond Park turf. Tickets for the event are free but booking is essential.

More about St Patrick's Atheletic

St Patrick’s Athletic, the Pride of Inchicore, are one of Ireland’s most successful football clubs and a proud banner-bearer for the local community. Founded by young railway workers from the Inchicore Works in 1929, the team was steeped in local tradition from the outset, taking on the name of the original St Patrick’s FC railway workers team from the 19th century.

St Pat’s had a meteoric rise through the ranks of junior football, winning the Intermediate League, three divisions of the AUL, and two divisions of the Leinster Senior League before their admission to the League of Ireland in 1951, barely two decades after they had formed. They went on to make history by winning the League title at the first attempt, and adding two further League championships, a League of Ireland Shield, and two FAI Cups in an extraordinary first decade in the LOI.

A dip in form in the 1960s and 1970s was arrested when Brian Kerr was appointed manager in 1986, with a second golden era for the club bringing five more titles and some special nights in Europe. FAI Cup wins in 2014, 2021 and 2023 have seen crowds flock back to Richmond Park with the sold out signs now common along Emmet Rd.

The Saints played their first season in the 15 Acres in the Phoenix Park and were based in Bluebell and Chapelizod before securing a permanent base in Richmond Park in 1939. The famous old stadium has been their home ever since, despite occasional moves elsewhere in Dublin due to renovations. The Saints have been embedded in Inchicore culture for almost 100 years and have represented the community on a national and European stage with pride and no little panache.

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Saturday 11 May 11am and 12.30pm

Booking Required

Sold out

Phoenix Park deer illustration John Rooney