Sports and Recreation
Taffs Well RFC is the closest rugby team to Radyr and was formed in 1887. The club has provided three former Welsh Rugby captains and six Welsh International players during its history.
Radyr Golf Club was established in 1902 after moving from its original nine-hole course at the Ty Mawr in Lisvane. It is a 6,053 yards (5,535 m), par 69 (SSS 70) course for men and 5,485 yards (5,015 m), par 72 (SSS 72) for women, and operates all year round. Laid out by the course designer Harry Colt, the Chairman of the 2010 Ryder Cup recently described Radyr's course as "One of Colt's Little Jewels".
Radyr Lawn Tennis Club was founded in 1914 by twenty Radyr 'Gentlemen' with the help of the Earl of Plymouth Estates. Its initial location was near the railway station but the courts were badly laid. Again with the help of Plymouth Estates, the club lifted the turf from all three grass courts and re-laid it on its current site next to Christ Church on Heol Isaf.
Radyr Cricket Club was founded in 1890 by the Earl of Plymouth who granted a hundred year lease for the current riverside ground to the local residents for a nominal sum. The pavilion was destroyed by fire in 1973 while the team were away on tour. Under the leadership of the new Chairman Keith Terry, a huge fund raising effort was made and a new pavilion opened on the footprint of the old one in 1975. Radyr currently plays in the first division of the South Wales Premier Cricket League.
Cardiff Corinthians Football Club (known locally as the "Corries") have played their home games at the Riverside Football Ground in Radyr since 1974 and compete in the first division of the Welsh Football League.
The main shops in Radyr are located in Station Road. One of the buildings on this road, named Bryn Melyn, is now a dental surgery but was originally the village Post Office.
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