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Where: Leinster, Dublin City, Ireland

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Why the old Wanderers RFC Pavilion in what is now known as the Aviva Stadium should appear in the Commissioners of Irish Lights collection will probably remain a mystery but it is very opportune for the day that's in it! At 6.00 pm Irish time our Under 20's team will play in the final of the Rugby World Cup in South Africa against their Gallic and gallant opponents the French! The outside half is Sam Prendergast who plays for the Lansdowne Club and they are indeed a team of stars who have done Ireland proud regardless of the result today!

Photographer: Ball, Robert S. (Robert Stawell), 1840-1913

Collection: Commissioners of Irish Lights Photographic Collection

Date: Circa 1890 - 1909


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Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
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    • 14/Jul/2023 06:43:23

    * * N E W S F L A S H * * Ball at Rugby Club !

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    • 14/Jul/2023 07:17:18

    Wondering if this might not be one of Mr Ball's photos? The children in these related(?) photos look much more recent than 1909 ... (needs flip)

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    • 14/Jul/2023 08:08:23

    but that is the Wanderers RFC pavilion!!! Also on the Lansdowne road grounds

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 14/Jul/2023 08:14:21 Funny!!

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    Niall McAuley

    • 14/Jul/2023 08:20:21 Indeed, it even says WANDERERS FOOTBALL CLUB over the door.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 14/Jul/2023 08:28:43

    The DIA for Lansdowne does not mention the pavilion, but the stand looks to be either 1907 or 1912-13.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 14/Jul/2023 08:29:59

    Wikipedia claims: The IRFU built the first covered stand in 1908, alongside the railway.

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    Architecture of Dublin

    • 14/Jul/2023 09:05:27

    The club predates the separation of codes and so can claim to be one of the view rugby football clubs who can just call themselves a football club.

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    Architecture of Dublin

    • 14/Jul/2023 09:07:38

    The clubhouse looks to me to be circa 1910 or certainly post 1900 anyway

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    Niall McAuley

    • 14/Jul/2023 09:16:21

    This pavilion is on the 25" OSI map (1900 ish), but the stand is not. Stand appears on the 1930s Cassini 6"

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    Niall McAuley

    • 14/Jul/2023 09:22:44

    From 2006 indo during planning of the Aviva: Wanderers Football Club faces having its pavilion on the Lansdowne Road grounds demolished as part of the development and is kicking up a stink. The pavilion, which dates back to the 1880s, is situated in an old black and white building tucked in the south west corner of the ground.. It has been the clubhouse for Wanderers since the early 20th century. The development of a new stadium at the grounds involves the demolition of the Wanderers' pavilion - even though it has a licence to operate there until 2017 from the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU).

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    Niall McAuley

    • 14/Jul/2023 09:39:55

    I was hoping the plaque between the door and the Wanderers sign might be a big date like 1880 or something, but it appears to be three columns of names in small text in this alamy stock photo.

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    • 14/Jul/2023 12:23:38

    The view from the rear, 27 August 1989 [] Creative Commons Attribution Share-alike license 2.0 via the Turf Burner

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