Club Information - About Us, History, Objectives
Loosely based in the foothills of the Dublin Mountains, in an area that includes Dundrum, Balinteer, Rathfarnham, Templeogue, Terenure, Rathgar, Rathmines, Ranelagh, Donnybrook, Belfield, Mount Merrion, Stillorgan, Sandyford. and more, our members come often from further afield. We are one of Ireland's largest and most succesful athletic clubs with about 1,000 members at all levels of the sport from juvenile, through junior and senior to masters, and covering all aspects of track & field, road running, meet & train, little athletics, cross country, mountain running and even bobsleigh. We cater for, and support, all levels within the sport from the fun and recreational athlete right up to national, and international level (including european championship and olympic contenders). All are welcome in DSD AC.
Eddie and Liz McDonagh started DFRC (Dundrum Family Recreation Centre) A.C., in 1973 and a few years later we changed the name to Dundrum A.C. Since then they have brought many youngsters through the development phases and on to compete at the highest level of the sport
Our early years’ stars included Carol Meagan, Carey May, Dave Taylor, Derek O’Connor, Olympians Nick Sweeney (Discus), Victor Costello (Shot), and Aisling Molloy (800m/1500m). plus many other national champions, several of whom took up scholarships in America. In those days we used to have the Dundrum Sports and we were involved in the inauguration of the Women’s Mini Marathon in 1983. Maria McCambridge joined the club when she was around 12 years of age. Tony, John and Eileen Gillick joined the club in the early days with David (the little brother) joining when he was around 8 years of age. Around 1988/89 the club merged with South Dublin A.C. (whose athletes included Mary Parr 400mH; Noel Berkeley and Gerry McGrath), to become Dundrum South Dublin AC (or DSD AC).
Probably our most famous athlete, at least in recent times, is David Gillick. A double world champion and Olympian, David has won two European Indoor 400m Championship gold medals, and was following in the footsteps of fellow DSD athlete Robert Daly who was also an Olympian at 4x400m. Robert and David were both on the first Irish 4x400m relay team to finish in the top three at World Championships, when they won bronze at 2004 World Indoor Championships.
In more recent years the club has recognised the need to respond to increased demands and challenges and has put in place a structured coaching setup which follows best in class practices and procedures as befits a club of our size.
- Written by Alan
- Published: 03 January 2014