There are many layers to the city of Dublin amongst which every visitor finds their niche. It is a bustling city with a population of over 1.7 million and is home to over 100 different nationalities all of whom contribute to the fabric of Dublin. 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 a modern city with all the skills, structures, features and facilities necessary to host the most complex of conferences.
When congress business is over, there is a wealth of activities and culture to enjoy. Due to Dublin’s coastal location, the sea is an integral part of Dublin life. This inheritance allows for a wide variety of water activities, sports or simply strolling. Inland, Dublin offers a pick of events from greyhound racing, to a variety of many fine gardens, old stately homes and picturesque parklands.
Browsing the shops on Dublin’s Grafton Street is a renowned pastime as the shopping can also be combined with sight-seeing. The city is abundant with unique buildings and quirky stores. The streets are always bustling. 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 9.00pm on Thursdays, and many shops open from 12.00pm–6.00pm on Sunday.
The wide-ranging choice of hotels, restaurants, and pubs meets every visitor’s pocket and taste. Whether it is a chic boutique hotel, world-class international accommodation or a quaint B&B, Dublin’s menu suits every palette. From centrally located Michelin Star Restaurants, to casual eateries for resting the feet, the mood and inclination of Dublin’s guests is anticipated, provided for and enjoyed.
Of course, the quintessential Dublin Pub provides the focal point of Dublin’s social life, illuminating the vibrant hues of Dubliners and their culture. Conversation flows freely unleashing the unique atmosphere that defines the city.
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.
The weather in Ireland in spring it becomes gradually warmer with average temperatures between 8-12 °C. Towards the end of the season, the temperature often reaches 15 °C, with April usually being a particularly pleasant month. Long sleeves and a light wind and waterproof jacket are perfect for this kind of weather.
Credit cards are widely accepted
Ireland operates on Greenwich Mean Time
+ 1 hour
The currency in Ireland is the Euro
Smoking is NOT permitted in any enclosed public buildings, including pubs, restaurants, hotel lobbies
At restaurants a 10%-12.5% tip is appreciated for good service
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.
What to Pack
Include smart casual clothes for the conference. Smart attire is recommended for the gala dinner. Rainwear and comfortable shoes are advised.