Royal Dublin Society

The Royal Dublin Society (RDS) (Irish: Cumann Ríoga Bhaile Átha Cliath[1]) is an Irish philanthropic organisation which was founded as the 'Dublin Society' on 25 June 1731 to see Ireland thrive culturally and economically.[2] The RDS is synonymous with its campus in Ballsbridge in Dublin, Ireland. This campus includes the "RDS Arena", "RDS Simmonscourt", "RDS Main Hall" and other venues which are used regularly for exhibitions, concerts and sporting events, including regular use by the Leinster Rugby team.[3] The Royal Dublin Society was granted Royal Patronage in 1820.

The Royal Dublin Society
AbbreviationRDS
Founded25 June 1731; 290 years ago (1731-06-25)
PurposeTo see Ireland thrive culturally and economically
Location
Coordinates53°19′36″N 6°13′43″W
Area served
Ireland
WebsiteOfficial Website
Formerly called
The Dublin Society (1731–1820)

The RDS is one of nine organisations which can nominate candidates to contest the Agricultural Panel at Seanad elections.[4]