Railway Union is one of Ireland’s oldest rugby clubs, being founded in 1905. Whilst we are over 100 years old, we are a ‘young’ player-run club. Our Executive Management Committee and various sub-committees are made up of players and members who are in their 20s and 30s.
Based in the suburb of Sandymount in Dublin 4, and a stone’s throw from the Aviva Stadium at Lansdowne Road and from Leinster’s grounds in the RDS, Railway would have traditionally served the Dublin 4, Dublin 2 and Dublin 6 communities of Sandymount, Ringsend, Irishtown, Ballsbridge, Donnybrook, Ranelagh and Rathmines. In recent years, and as we are on the DART line and are well-served by public transport, we have found our players live in all areas of Dublin, from the city centre to the IFSC and Clontarf on the northside to Blackrock, Dun Laughire and beyond in South Dublin.
The rugby club is part of the wider Railway Union multi-sports Club. The wider Railway Union club incorporates hockey, bowls, cricket, soccer and tennis.
Many of our players have played at the highest club level and some have attained representative honours. Many of our players play socially, some of whom their first time playing the sport is with us. We coach to all levels and have structured ourselves to deal with all levels of ability.
Our players and members come from many different backgrounds - many have learned their rugby in various schools in locality, many have learned and played their rugby exclusively at club, and many have moved to Dublin from abroad or from other parts of Ireland. We have players from all four provinces and almost every county in Ireland. We also count members from Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Argentina, England, Wales, Scotland, France, Italy, Brazil, Poland, Samoa, Spain and Columbia, amongst others.