The New International Encyclopædia/Donnybrook
DON′NYBROOK (Ir., Church of Saint Broc). A village in Dublin County, Ireland, and a southeastern suburb of Dublin (Map: Ireland, E 3). Population, about 2000. It was formerly famous for its fair, instituted under King John, and held annually in August. Originally of two weeks' duration, in later times the fair lasted only a week. It was noted for its debauchery and fighting, and in 1855 was finally abolished. A Donnybrook fair has become a popular term for any scene of uproar. Consult B. Gray (pen-name of R. B. Coffin), Donnybrook Fair (New York, 1865).