The Dublin suburb of Ballsbridge takes its name from the bridge spanning the River Dodder on the south side of the city.
The bridge itself forms the centre of the Ballsbridge suburb which extends northwards towards the Grand Canal along Northumberland Road and Shelbourne Road, extends southwards along the Merrion Road towards Merrion and along Anglesea Road towards Donnybrook, and westwards to encompass the area around Pembroke Road, Clyde Road, Elgin Road and Herbert Park. The original bridge in this location was built and owned by a Mr. Ball and the sign on the bridge still proclaims it as 'Ball's Bridge' in recognition of that fact.
In the heart of Dublin's exclusive business district and embassy belt, and situated close to Dublin city centre tourist attractions, Ballsbridge is a prime location for a high standard of accommodation. Many diplomatic residences are also located in the southern part of Ballsbridge on and around Ailesbury Road.
The world famous Dublin Horse Show takes place at the RDS grounds in Ballsbridge, and the IRFU's Lansdowne Road headquarters is on the boundary between Ballsbridge and Irishtown.
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