In 1873, Mr. Horace Rochford, who was 60 when he took up polo, established the All Ireland Polo Club in the Phoenix Park. At one time, polo was played at 30 locations in Ireland. Today, there are many clubs throughout Ireland.
An Irish polo match is typically made up of four chukkas (periods of play). Each chukka is seven minutes long and the interval between the chukkas lasts three minutes. In a match each team is made up of four players and one or two umpires. A horse should never play two chukkas in sequence and never play more than two chukkas on the same day. There is a goal at each end of the polo field and the aim of the game is to score as many goals as possible.
The polo club in the Phoenix Park play every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday (weather permitting). Spectators are very welcome to come down and enjoy the match.