Of course, if you’re not into GAA, soccer or rugby, there are plenty of other sports played across the county of Dublin.

The Federation of Irish Sport is the representative organisation for the National Governing Bodies of Sport (NGBs) and Local Sports Partnerships (LSPs) in Ireland and it’s membership consists of over 100 NGBs and LSPs from every corner of the country.

Below is a list of selected sporting bodies around the country. For a more complete list visit www.irishsport.ie/ngbs

Other sporting bodies

Sport Ireland

Sport Ireland plans, leads and co-ordinates the sustainable development of competitive and recreational sport in Ireland. The Irish Sports Council (now Sport Ireland) was established on 1 July 1999 under the Irish Sports Council Act and is a statutory authority.


Irish Athletic Boxing Association (IABA)

Established in 1911, The Irish Athletic Boxing Association’s (IABA) main role is to develop, foster and control amateur boxing in the 32 counties of Ireland. The IABA is committed to provide the Environment, in which support and opportunities given to our athletes, coaches and clubs excel, and in doing so to increase participation and improve performance in Irish Boxing.


Tennis Ireland

Tennis Ireland is the National Governing Body for the sport of tennis in Ireland. Founded in 1908…. With over 200 affiliated clubs ….. and 80,000+ members. Tennis Ireland stages events such as ….. The FBD Men’s Irish Open Championships, ITF Futures events…. The Fed Cup and The Davis Cup. It also operates a variety of development programmes on both a national and provincial level, for both senior and junior elite players.


Golfing Union of Ireland

Founded in 1891 the Golfing Union of Ireland administers men's amateur golf on the island of Ireland. With four branches, split into the provincial areas of Connacht, Leinster, Munster and Ulster, the GUI headquarters is located in the grounds of Carton House, County Kildare.


Irish American Football Association

The Irish American Football Association (IAFA) is the National Governing Body for American Football in Ireland. The IAFA is recognised by the Irish Sports Council and the Federation of Irish Sports. It is affiliated to the European Federation of American Football (EFAF)


Student Sport Ireland

The governing body of third level sport in Ireland. Student Sport Ireland’s mission is to promote and develop third level sport in Ireland.


Special Olympics Ireland

Special Olympics Ireland is a sports organisation for people with an intellectual disability, but it provides athletes with far more than the physical benefits of sport. Special Olympics changes lives. Through sport, athletes develop both physically and emotionally, they make new friends, realise their dreams, and know they can fit in.


Swim Ireland

Encompassing the four provinces of Ireland, Swim Ireland is the governing body of swimming in Ireland. It is operated by a voluntary board of Directors who are democratically elected by the club members making nominations to and voting on the candidates at the Swim Ireland Annual General Meeting.


Rowing Ireland

Rowing Ireland is the Governing Body for Rowing in Ireland and represents over 80 Clubs across the four provinces. Rowing is one of Ireland’s most successful sports, having won multiple World Championships over the last two decades.


American Football in Ireland