There are many layers to the city of Dublin amongst which every visitor finds their niche.
Dublin is a bustling city with a population of over 1.7 million and is home to over one hundred different nationalities. While it has a genuine cosmopolitan feel, Dublin has still managed to retain its own distinct culture which is expressed in a love of literature, drama, traditional music and sport.
Dublin is abundant with unique buildings and quirky shops and the streets are always bustling. Grafton Street is a two-minute walk from Trinity College Dublin and offers delegates a perfect opportunity for shopping.
The wide-ranging choice of nearby hotels, restaurants, and pubs should meet every visitor’s pocket and taste. Whether a chic boutique hotel, world-class international accommodation or a quaint B&B, Dublin’s menu suits every palette. The quintessential Dublin Pub provides the focal point of Dublin’s social life, illuminating the vibrant hues of Dubliners and their culture. Dublin is one of the oldest cities in Europe and with ancient churches, grand buildings and fine museums, cultural riches abound. From the ancient to the avant-garde, from history, architecture, literature, art and archaeology to the performing arts Dublin has it, with the real advantage to the visitor being that everything is contained within a small area. Furthermore, Dublin boasts the largest park to be found in a European city, the Phoenix Park.
When conference business is over, there is a wealth of activities and culture. Due to Dublin’s coastal location, the sea is an integral part of Dublin life. This allows for a wide variety of water activities, sports or just strolling. Inland, Dublin offers a pick of events from greyhound racing, a variety of many fine gardens, old stately homes and picturesque parklands.
Dublin by Air
Dublin is easily accessible from the UK, Continental Europe and further afield. More than 36 scheduled airlines fly into Dublin Airport, which is located 12 km from the city centre. Dublin Airport serves 7 domestic, 29 UK, 36 Continental European and 9 international destinations.
Dublin is served by two Terminals (T1 & T2). There are a number of private and public bus services that operate from outside the airport arrivals areas to City Centre.
Aircoach is a privately run bus service which operates between the airport and a number of city hotels and locations.
Airlink (Bus 747), operated by Dublin Bus, will bring you directly from the airport to Busáras, Dublin’s central bus station, located in the city centre.
AerDart is a combined bus and train service that will bring you from Dublin Airport to any DART/Train station along the route for an all-inclusive price.
A taxi rank is situated just outside the airport terminals and, depending on the time of day, the journey takes approximately 30 minutes to the city centre, and conference hotels. Alternatively, use an app such as MyTaxi or Uber.
Irish Car Rentals are one of the largest independent Car Rental Companies in Ireland and operate a fleet of over 2,700 new vehicles. Their car rental desk is ideally located at Dublin Airport, Shannon Airport, Knock Airport, Kerry Airport and Cork Airport and there are several other car rental offices in Ireland in Dublin City Centre, Dublin North (Santry) and Limerick City Centre. The large international car rental companies operate in Dublin Airport which include Hertz and Europcar.
A valid driving licence is required to drive in Ireland.
Dublin by Sea
It is also possible to get to Dublin by ferry via Holyhead, Liverpool and Isle of Man ports in Britain, and from Cherbourg in France. Dublin has two ferry terminals: Dublin Port, located in the city centre, is serviced by bus; Dún Laoghaire ferry terminal, south of the city, is easily reached by a 20-minute car or DART train journey.
Ireland enjoys relatively cool summers. The daily temperature in June is on average 14 °C. Dublin enjoys reasonable sunshine in June 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 12:00 – 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. For visitors from outside the EU, 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.
Credit cards are widely accepted.
- 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.
- Smoking Policy: Under Irish law smoking is not permitted in pubs, restaurants, hotel lobbies and all enclosed public buildings.
- Electricity: 220 volts
- Time: From March to October, Ireland operates on Irish Standard Time – 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.
Everyone entering Ireland must have a valid passport, or in the case of European Union Member States, a national identity card. Visas are required for some countries. Delegates should check with their local Irish representation.
The Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform has primary responsibility for Ireland’s immigration and visa policy.
Campanile, Trinity College Dublin by DomWestcliff [CC BY-SA 4.0 ], from Wikimedia Commons; Customs House by Filip Scridon [CC BY-SA 4.0 ], from Wikimedia Commons; Kilmainham Gaol by Antonio Camelo [CC BY-SA 4.0 ], from Wikimedia Commons; Guinness Brewery: Darrin [CC BY-SA 2.0 ], via Wikimedia Commons; Oscar Wilde statute: Arbol01 [GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0], from Wikimedia Commons.