Irish Real Tennis Association

March–May 2016: Planning Application affecting Real Tennis Court

24 May 2016: Dublin City Council (DCC) granted permission to the OPW for their plans, which include using the Dublin real tennis court for exhibitions. We have, through a planning consultant, lodged an appeal with An Bord Pleanála.

Irish Real Tennis 2016 Open

Congratulations to champion Derek O'Sullivan! Full report to follow soon.

Exterior of the Dublin Court
Exterior of Dublin Court
The Irish Real Tennis Association exists to promote the sport of Real Tennis in Ireland.

Our main focus is currently the restoration of the Dublin court. This court was built in 1885 by Sir Edward Guinness, and hosted the 1890 world championship. It was played on until 1939, when it was bequeathed to the Irish State, to be used as a real tennis court. Sadly, this wish was not followed, and the court is not currently playable.

We are working vigorously towards the return of the Earlsfort Terrace court to play. If you would like more information regarding progress, please contact us at

We also make frequent trips to the UK to introduce newcomers to the sport, and to allow existing enthusiasts to play.

For more information on the current situation of the Court, see the Dublin Court page.

The site RealTennis.TV is regularly updated with video of Real Tennis being played, including live streaming of major events.

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How you can help: The more members we have, the stronger the case for restoring the Dublin court to play will be. If you would like one day to play on Dublin's historic court, please consider joining the IRTA to support our campaign. A membership form is available on the contact details page. Thank you.