Carrickmines Croquet and Lawn Tennis Club
Carrickmines is one of two venues for the championship, the other being Herbert Park, and will host the opening and closing ceremonies and the finals.
Carrickmines is the venue for the opening and closing ceremonies and the championship final. It has four croquet lawns and a well equipped club house with changing rooms, saunas, a bar, club rooms and balcony. The club also has seven outdoor hard tennis courts, two indoor courts and a gym.
Further details can be found on the club's website.
We have arranged a free bus service between Herbert Park and Carrickmines, calling at the Montrose Hotel on the way. There will be room on the bus for both players and their supporters. The bus will be operated by "Finnegans-Bray" and will have a "Croquet" sign in the window.
The bus will leave from outside Herbert Park Croquet Club and call in at the Montrose Hotel approximately 15 minutes later. The timetable has been arranged to allow players to arrive at Carrickmines in time for the first matches of the day and leave after the various social events:
|Leave Herbert Park||Leave Carrickmines|
|Monday 3rd||1.00 pm||7.30 pm|
|Tuesday 4th||8.30 am||7.30 pm|
|Wednesday 5th||8.30 am||10.00 pm|
|Thursday 6th||8.30 am||7.30 pm|
|Friday 7th||8.30 am||7.30 pm|
|Saturday 8th||8.30 am||10.30 pm|
|Sunday 9th||8.30 am||7.00 pm|
If you are travelling independently you may find the following directions useful. The address of the club is Carrickmines Croquet and Lawn Tennis Club, Glenamuck Road, Co. Dublin and it can be found here.
Unfortunately Glenamuck Road has been closed just south of the club for the next few months to enable the construction of a new bridge. The club can be accessed as normal from the north, but there is no access from the south (ie from Junction 15 on the M50).
Note also that the All Ireland Hurling final takes place on the afternoon of Sunday 2nd September at Croke Park, in north Dublin. Expect major traffic delays in the city centre and on the M50 and allow extra time for your journey. (For those that are interested, it is between Limerick and Kilkenny - you will not fail to notice the flags on cars: green and white for Limerick; black and amber for Kilkenny.)
For those travelling by car from the south, the normal route via Junction 15 of the M50 is closed. You will have to come off the motorway at junction 14 or 16 and work your way round to the club.
If coming from the city centre, and travelling down the N11, turn right off the N11 when you see signposts to Cornelscourt. Before you get to the turn off, you will pass the Galloping Green pub on your left, then go through two sets of lights. Then at the next set of lights you will see Foxrock church on the corner on the left. Go through these lights and the next set of lights and then you will see Cornelscourt signposted right at the next lights. Take this turning (there are also blue signs to the Ballyogan recycling centre) and follow the road past the Texaco garage on your left. Then turn right at the sign to the recycling centre and follow the road up Cornelscourt Hill. Go straight over the lights at the top of the hill and the club is about 200 metres on the right, off a small road called Pavilion Gate. You will find that Glenamuck Road is restricted to local access due to the road works - just go through the cones.
Not all Dublin taxi drivers are familiar with Carrickmines and some have been known to spend quite a long time looking for the club. You may find it useful to print these directions beforehand.
Despite the closure of its normal route along Glenamuck Road, the number 63 bus stops near the club and goes into the city centre through Ballsbridge and the Herbert Park area. It runs roughly every 75 minutes. Get on or off at Carrickmines Cross, which is about 200 metres walk from the club along Glenamuck Road. You will need the exact fare, which for the journey between Herbert Park and Carrickmines is €1.90.