Dublin is the (proud) recipient of a whole host of honorary awards: we’re the World’s Second Friendliest City, the Second Best Place for Americans to Live and we were Europe’s Leading City Break Award 2015. These awards only reinforce that there is clearly something special to discover in Dublin.
It’s is the perfect size, allowing you to move from its vibrant city-centre life and its peaceful tranquillity nestled between coastline and mountaintops with ease. The city itself is wall-to-wall with wonders. The statuses, sculptures and landmarks dotted across the busy streets and open spaces are the characters of the city’s life and story, not to mention serving as popular meeting spots and great Instagram snaps. And while there’s a lot going on in the city, there’s just as much to see and do in the scenic suburbs just outside. The coastline boasts stunning views, from the picturesque medieval Malahide, Howth and its Baily Lighthouse to the rocky peninsula of Skerries in the north, and across Dublin Bay to Dalkey Castle and Killiney Hill in the south. We can guarantee you an authentic Dubliner experience by using Visit Dublin and Lovin’ Dublin to brainstorm ideas for your trip.
So what are you waiting for? Grab your second best friend and come on over!

The Capital City

Dublin is Ireland’s capital city and was founded by the Vikings in 841. The city is steeped in history and buzzing with energy. Medieval, Georgian and modern architecture provide a backdrop to a friendly cosmopolitan city. Dublin is a thriving centre for culture and is home to a great musical and literary tradition, its native sons include Shaw, Yeats, Joyce, Wilde and Beckett.

A City of Attractions

The city’s attractions include castles, museums, art galleries, pubs and cafes. Within half an hour of the city are mountain walks, stately homes and gardens, numerous golf courses, sandy beaches and fishing villages. The conference venue is located right in the centre of the city and is very easy to navigate around with everything within walking distance. A city map will be provided in your delegate pack to ensure you are familiar with the city

Tours and other things to do

For those interested in seeing some of Dublin and Ireland best tourist attractions, delegates will have the opportunity to purchase optional tour tickets on their registration form.

Ireland enjoys relatively cool summers. The daily temperature in August is on average 16 °C. Dublin enjoys reasonable sunshine in August with unpredictable rain showers. These rain showers generally don’t last long, but it is recommended that you have an umbrella or light rain gear to hand.

Dublin has a busy city centre shopping area around Grafton Street and Henry Street. There is a huge range of products to bring home – from traditional Irish hand-made crafts to international designer labels. Shopping hours in general are from 9.00am to 6.00pm Monday to Saturday, with shops open until 8.00pm on Thursdays, and many shops open from 2.00pm – 6.00pm on Sunday. Dundrum Town Centre is a large shopping centre located in South Dublin. The LUAS Green Line serves Dundrum Town Centre from St. Stephens Green to Brides Glen. The Dundrum and Balally stops are only a few minutes-walk from the centre.

The Conference Organising Committee or its agents will not be responsible for any medical expenses, loss or accidents incurred during the conference. Delegates are strongly advised to arrange their own personal insurance to cover medical and other expenses including accident or loss. Where a delegate has to cancel for medical reasons, the normal cancellation policy will apply. It is recommended that citizens from EU countries bring with them a current EHIC card.

Value Added Tax (VAT) is charged at 23% on most goods. Cash back is the simplest and most widely used VAT refund service that issues cash refunds on departure for a handling fee. Ask for cash back form when you make your purchase.

Tipping – A small tip is appreciated for good service. Tipping is not usual in pubs and bars. Tip cabs 10% and porters 60c per bag.Currency – The currency in Ireland is the Euro.Credit Cards – Major credit cards are widely accepted.Smoking Policy – Under Irish law smoking is not permitted in pubs, restaurants, hotel lobbies and all enclosed public buildings.Electricity – 220 voltsTime – From March to October, Ireland operates on Greenwich Mean Time + 1 hour.What to Pack – Include smart casual clothes for the conference. Smart attire is recommended for the gala dinner. Rainwear and comfortable shoes are advised.

Irish Redheads

Irish Independence

Irish Speakers

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