It’s not a job, it’s a calling,” says Majella Smyth, the man in charge of the pitch that’s home to Irish soccer and rugby.

Majella Smyth has been working at Lansdowne Road for 23 years. After finishing his studies in the Botanic Gardens and furthering his knowledge through networking in England and across Europe, Majella spent five years as a green-keeper before joining the ground staff at Lansdowne Road in 1994. From then, Majella worked his way through the ranks and he is now head groundsman at the 51,750 capacity Aviva Stadium.