It’s more than just a showjumping event it’s where the D4 set go… to foal around at the Royal Dublin Horseshow.
I fell upon him because of the billboards but soon learned that rugby ledge Ross O’Carroll-Kelly is the ultimate D4 guide.
And he would guide me in the best places to go in my new work world… the bars.
And they’ll be Kiely’s of Donnybrook, Paddy Cullen’s, The Bridge and the InterCon.
All of which I road tested and made my own in my 13 years in Ireland.
Where Ross is boss
It is to Ross you should go for a flavour of how the privileged D4 (that’s rugbyland) set live and love.
And his eponymous Ross O’Carroll-Kelly’s Guide to South Dublin How to get by on, like, €10,000 a day.
With the greatest Ireland rugby player who might have been saying this about the Royal Dublin Horse Show…
‘The centrepiece of the Royal Dublin Horse Show is the famous Aga Khan Cup.
‘Though the event is as much a social occasion as a sporting one, drawing upwards of 20,000 spectators to the RDS in Ballsbridge.’
‘Interestingly, it is believed to be the only event that has South Dublin’s elite rubbing padded shoulders with country people, or ‘boggers’.
‘The most colourful day of the week is undoubtedly Ladies’ Day.
‘When rich women don summer frocks, high heels and wide-brimmed hats, drinks Pimms and Champagne.
‘And complain among themselves about the awful smell of the horses and the country people.’
In Ross’s words
Followed by Ross’s own take…
‘It’s a little-known fact, roysh, but the Horse Show is basically the best week of the year for getting your Nat King.
‘And horsy birds from the country – they can never get enough.’
Probably not Fáilte Ireland’s sell, but before the cancel culture (or culchie if you like) shut us down, the joke is on Ross.
Floating with Stena
One thing I do agree with him on though is that you can find yourself missing much of the showjumping action.
Because you’ve extended your long liquid lunch, and particularly when you’ve been hosted by sponsors Stena.
Roysh, be safe everyone and leave your beamer at home and avail of public transport.
Travel in Dublin with a TFI Leap Card across DART, Commuter Rail, Dublin city buses and Luas for just €2 on an Adult TFI Leap Card.
€1 on a Young Adult (19 – 24 yrs.) TFI Leap Card / Student TFI Leap Card or 65c on a Child TFI Leap Card with the TFI90 Fare.
Or push the boat (Stena obvs) if you’re coming from across the water and stay at the InterContinental.
Where you’ve a very good chance of seeing Ross, Christian, Oisin, Fionn and JP.
Our horsey set
And maybe even fellow scribe and Ross regular ‘One F’ whom I shared adventures and goat racing with in Tobago.
All by the by yes, if it’s equestrian ents you’re after join me, Ross, Mickey Raff and our own JP.
As we foal around at the Royal Dublin Horseshow from Wednesday, August 17-Sunday August 21..