Planning Permission sought for RDS Redevelopment

The RDS is today applying to Dublin City Council for planning permission for the redevelopment of the Anglesea Stand as part of the overall RDS Main Arena redevelopment. The redevelopment will provide excellent facilities for visitors to the Anglesea Stand while also increasing the standard capacity for Leinster Rugby from 18,500 to 21,000. The RDS will be solely responsible for managing the redevelopment of the Stand, the total cost of which is expected to be in the region of €26 million.

Since completing the international architectural competition for the redevelopment of the RDS Main Area, won by the consortium of Grimshaw / Newenham Mulligan Architects, the RDS has been working with the design team to develop the detail of the initial design concept. The final redevelopment design has to meet the specific requirements of Leinster Rugby, the Dublin Horse Show and other commercial considerations of the RDS, all contained on a tight building footprint and in a busy working environment.

Speaking about today’s application for planning permission, Michael Duffy, CEO of the RDS, said: "Designing a stadium to meet the unique design requirements of the RDS Main Arena is a complex and challenging task. We have today submitted a planning application for a redeveloped Anglesea Stand which will create a top class experience for visitors and positively impact on the Dublin Horse Show, Leinster Rugby and any other events held in the Main Arena."

Mick Dawson, CEO of Leinster Rugby said: “This has taken a huge amount of work from all concerned and the RDS have gone about it the right way. It is great to be able to take that next step. It is welcome news for all involved with Leinster Rugby but in particular for our season ticket holders who continue to support us in great numbers but are eager to see how this all develops. I think this is a very positive step as we look towards developing the RDS Arena into the best in class offering that we all know it can be.”

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Iconic Irish Events Venue celebrates St Patrick’s Day prior to welcoming over 10,000 international visitors in coming months

Leading Dublin events venue, the RDS, celebrated Ireland’s national day, St Patrick’s Day, in anticipation of a very busy summer, including welcoming over 8,000 international visitors to Dublin in June with an additional 2,000 arriving in August.

The RDS venue will open its doors to the International Air Transport Association’s AGM and the 24th International Pig Veterinary Society Congress this June along with the IUFoST World Congress of Food Science and Technology this August. Combined, these international conferences will attract over 6,300 delegates and will be worth over €9 million to the Irish economy. On top of this over 4,000 international attendees are expected to attend the World of Coffee, organised by SCAE (Speciality Coffee Association of Europe) at the RDS in June.

The RDS Commercial Director, Michele Griffin, said “2016 has seen a record increase in international conference enquiries and we look forward to welcoming delegates to the RDS for a diverse range of events this year. We continue to have a state-of-the-art, multipurpose venue and maintain our competitiveness by investing in our facilities and ICT infrastructure. But the setting and history of the RDS is something that international delegates don’t always expect and it can really add to that X factor for many conferences”.

The RDS is working alongside Conference Partners to ensure that we meet the requirements for the 18th IUFoST– World Congress of Food Science and Technology at the RDS from the August, 21 – 25. This World Congress will be an outstanding opportunity to showcase the Irish food and drinks industry to over 2000 delegates.

Jennifer McAdam, Conference Partners, said ‘the RDS was the chosen venue because of the versatility of the event space. IUFoST is a large conference with many different components which meant we needed a blank canvas to work with and the RDS provided the perfect space. With the large exhibition element of IUFoST it made sense that it took place in Ireland‘s premier exhibition space.’

Over 3000 delegates are expected to visit Dublin for the 24th International Pig Veterinary Society Congress from June, 7 to June 9. The RDS is working alongside MCI Professional Conference Organisers to ensure that we meet the requirements of the Local Organising Committee and their Congress delegates.

Jean Evans, MCI Regional Director, said The RDS was a natural fit for IPVS. Flexible, city central, fantastic staff, historically unique, surrounded by excellent and varied accommodation, the RDS checks all the boxes for a conference this size. At MCI we work with our clients to deliver every element of a conference to create a truly world-class experience for delegates, sponsors and all other stakeholders -  the RDS allows us to do just that.’

Sam Johnston, Manager Dublin Convention Bureau said “Dublin is performing exceptionally well at present; 2015 was a record year and 2016 looks set to continue that momentum.  Securing business events like these at the Royal Dublin Society along with many, many more across Dublin demonstrates the calibre of the product on offer for international meeting planners.  We are delighted to work with the RDS and other trade partners to continually deliver international conferences and events for Dublin.”

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Notes to Editors:

For more information contact Yvonne Carr, RDS Marketing Executive on or call +353 1 2407 269.

This year the RDS will welcome the Irish Beer and Whiskey Festival, as well as the Feis Ceoil, during the St Patrick’s Day festivities.

2015 saw over 300 unique large and small-scale events taking place at the RDS venue. Uniquely the RDS is also Ireland’s Philanthropic Society. To help Ireland thrive, the RDS drives creation and cultivation of potential in the areas of arts, science, equestrianism, industry and agriculture. Funded by its commercial operations the RDS invests back into Ireland through its pioneering work programme to achieve this. In 2016 the RDS will invest €2.4m in 14 different projects within the areas of Education, Transformation and Innovation.

January 2016

Inaugural RDS Primary Science Fair Limerick Opens Today (15/1/16)
Minister O'Sullivan opens exhibition: almost 2,000 more primary school children can participate in 2016 STEM focussed initiative

Today the first RDS Primary Science Fair Limerick opened its doors to almost 2,000 primary school children to exhibit their science related projects. In 2016 over 4,500 fourth, fifth and sixth class students from across the country will exhibit in total at the RDS Primary Science Fairs which for the first time spanned two weekends and two cities – Dublin and Limerick. Read More

RDS Primary Science Fair Dublin Fair Starts Today in Hall 10 (7/1/16)
Record Number of Entries for 2016 RDS Primary Science Fair

This year over 4,500 fourth, fifth and sixth class students from across the country will be at one of the RDS Primary Science Fairs in either Dublin or Limerick. A 10% increase in applicants saw the 2016 RDS Primary Science Fair oversubscribed by 40%, with almost half of applicants being first-time entrants. Read More

Any media who would like more information regarding the RDS and its work programme or its commercial operations should contact:

Diarmuid Hanifin, Communications Manager

Tel: +353 (0)1 2407 211 Email:

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