The RDS celebrates its 250th anniversary with a funfair themed birthday party for its members.

The grounds of the Royal Dublin Society (RDS) in Ballsbridge today were transformed into a nineteenth-century funfair for the two hundred and fiftieth birthday celebrations.

Originally founded as a philanthropic organisation with the aim of helping Ireland to thrive culturally as well as economically, the annual Dublin Horse Show and Spring Show are two major events on the Irish calendar owe their existence to this organisation.

Almost four thousand people, all members of the RDS and their families and friends were greeted at the entrance gate by President of the Society James Meenan. Outdoor exhibits included the Lord Mayor's Coach, and those who strolled around the grounds enjoyed the old world atmosphere of a Victorian-era funfair, complete with stilt walkers, clowns, and an antique steam engine.

The day belonged to the young at heart.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 21 June 1981. The reporter is Caroline Erskine.