A History of The RDS, Dublin

On 25 June 1731, a group of patriots and visionaries met for the first time and formed what is now called the RDS. They were radical thinkers who believed in the power of ideas, and of turning these ideas into action. Their mission was to put ideas into action that would transform Ireland by creating a thriving, vibrant culture and economy.

For almost 300 years the RDS has responded to the needs and priorities of Ireland, addressing gaps in the development of our culture and economy that have shaped the country.

Throughout its history, the RDS has brought momentum and scale to major issues that underpin Ireland’s culture and economy and it continues to do so today. The Dublin Organising Committee are excited to have secured this iconic venue to host TRA2024.

Getting to the RDS

From Dublin Airport & Dublin Port

Dublin Airport is 16km from the RDS & Dublin port is located approx. 7km away

Travelling by Public Transport

You can travel to the RDS using either bus or rail services.

Driving and Parking

Dublin City Centre is approximately a twelve-minute drive from The RDS. Parking is operated on a fee-paying basis.


The RDS is mindful of issues of accessibility at all times and are dedicated to providing support to all visitors. 

Venue Accessibility

All of the of spaces in the RDS are wheelchair accessible:

  • Halls 1 – 8 (bar Hall 5) are at ground level and are easily accessible
  • All of the spaces located on first floor can be accessed by a lift
  • All Halls have access to disabled toilets
  • All meeting spaces are wheelchair accessible

For ticketed events, the wheelchair spaces and companion seats should be booked when purchasing your ticket from the relevant box office.

Accessible Toilets

Toilets for people with disabilities are available throughout the venue. All of which have an alarm pull cord system and are unisex.  Our staff are aware that not all disabilities are visible.

Guide Dogs

Guide dogs are welcome in the RDS in all areas.

Special Effects

Some events at the RDS may include strobe lighting, pyrotechnics, smoke and other special effects. Please contact your Event Manager for details on any special effects expected at the event you are attending.


If you have an allergy or special dietary requirement please contact your Hospitality Manager. No food or drink purchased outside the RDS is permitted to be brought into the venue.

Parking for People with Disabilities

At the RDS there are car parking, facilities and venue access available for people with disabilities. We have a number of Disabled Car Parking spaces located in the Merrion Rd Car Park and in the Simmonscourt Car Park.  These are available on a first come first served basis and cannot be reserved in advance.

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