Donnybrook — ever take part in one?

Donnybrook (Domhnach Broc–meaning The Church of Saint Broc) is located in Dublin, Ireland.  Many consider the area to be one of Dublin’s most affluent suburbs today.

Donnybrook was the location for the Donnybrook Fair.  This event was notorious for drunkenness and violent disorder. The fair was banned in 1855.

So, today the word donnybrook is applied to a quarrel fight or disturbance usually involving disorderly and violent behavior.

The above definition is the most popular one to explain why a fight is sometimes
called a donnybrook. Others say the word origin is from a battle because of the
Battle of Donnybrook. In this fight, the Scots repelled the British.


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