Dublin – Host city

The Island of Ireland

The island of Ireland is the most westerly island in Europe, it is 450 km long and 300 km wide and is divided into the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Ireland enjoys a rich diversity of ethnic groups and cultures. English is spoken by everyone in Ireland and in some areas Irish is spoken also.

Dublin – The Capital

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.

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

Things to do

There is so much to do in Dublin you will leave needing to come back again to see more! The staff on the registration desk will be more than happy to help you with any questions you have and point you in the right direction. The option to purchase tour tickets will be available when you register

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.

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.

There is so much to do in Dublin you will leave needing to come back again to see more! The staff on the registration desk will be more than happy to help you with any questions you have and point you in the right direction. The option to purchase tour tickets will be available when you register

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 volts
Time – 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.

Places to eat near the Congress venue

Roly’s Bistro

Address: 7 Ballsbridge Terrace, Dublin 4
Hours: 12–3 pm & 5:45–10pm.
Phone: (01) 668 2611.

Running since 1992, Roly’s is still a bustling Brasserie doing delicious reasonably priced
smart food. Their famous Prawn Bisque and Kerry Lamb Pie and Fish Pie have been on
the menu since the first day the opened. They have House Wine as well as a dozen wines
in their House Selection. They also have an extensive wine list and a wide selection of
wines by the glass.

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Kites

Address: 17 Ballsbridge Terrace, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, Ireland.
Hours: Mon-Sat 18.00-23.00pm.
Phone: (01) 660 7415.

Kites caused a real flutter amongst the social and foodie set when they first opened their doors some thirty years ago and are one of the best restaurants in Dublin for Chinese and Thai food. It’s said that Kites was the first restaurant to give real upmarket Chinese food at its very best.

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The Lobster Pot

Address: 9 Ballsbridge Terrace, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, Ireland.
Hours: Mon-Sat 18.00-21.45pm.
Phone: (01) 6680025.

The Lobster Pot offers extensive selection of seafood sourced daily, Irish meats, free range poultry and game when in season. They also have assembled an impressive wine list and offer a full licensed bar.

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Al Boschetto

Address: 2 Merrion Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, Ireland.
Hours: Mon-Sat 17.30-23.00pm.
Phone: (01) 667 3784.

Al Boschetto is an Italian family-run restaurant. Established in 1996, it is run by a
husband and wife team, Loreta and Jimmy. At Al Boschetto, we cook our food the
authentic Italian way. We only use fresh, carefully sourced and seasonal ingredients,
sourced from both Italy and Ireland, to make all our beautiful, rustic dishes. Our stone baked oven was imported from Italy for that authentic Italian taste.

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Belluccis

Address: Sweepstakes Centre, 22-30 Merrion Road, Dublin 4.
Hours: Mon-Weds 12.00 – 22.00 | Thurs – Sat 12.00 – 23.00 | Sunday 12.00 – 22.00
Phone: +353 (1) 6689422
Email: info@bellucci.ie

Belluccis is a New York style Italian restaurant offering great Italian food, an extensive all Italian wine list and the most wonderful cocktails and mixed drinks. Located in Dublin’s exclusive D4 area close to some of the citys top hotels; The Herbert Park, The Sandymount, The Ballsbridge and it is close to the Conference venue as it is opposite the RDS.

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Baan Thai

Address: 16 Merrion Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, Ireland.
Hours: Mon-Sat 17.30-23.00pm.
Phone: (01) 6608355.

Ban Thai strives to serve only the best, most Authentic Thai Cuisine to be found in Ireland. The restaurant is Thai family owned and all of whom are extremely passionate about Thai food and as it is part of their daily lives and culture.

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Juniors

Address: 2 Bath Avenue, Dublin 4, Ireland, Dublin
Hours: Mon-Friday 08:30 – 22:00 | Sat-Sun 11:00 – 15:30
Phone: (01) 664 3648

Daytime deli and Italian-influenced evening cafe, offering sandwiches and innovative global cuisine. “Eat heartily and give the house a good name.”

Paulie’s Pizza

Address: Number 58, Upper Grand Canal Street, Dublin 4
Hours: Mon – Thurs 18:00 – 22:00 | Fri 12:00 – 15:00 / 18:00 – 22:30 | Sat 14:00 – 22:30 | Sun 14:00 – 22:00
Phone: (01) 664 3658

Casual location for Neopolitan-style wood fired pizza and antipasti made with imported ingredients. “Vera Pizza Napoletana”

Farmer Browns

Address: 25A Bath Ave, Dublin 4
Hours: Mon-Fri 11:00 – 16:00 / 18:00 – 22:00 | Sat-Sun 10:00 – 16:00 / 18:00 22:00
Phone: 086 394 8255

Irish soul food made with carefully sourced local produce prepared with a nod to Deep South cooking.
“At Farmer Browns we believe that the best meat comes from happy animals and veggies should be grown without any pesticides or genetic modifications. And above everything it should all come from our beautiful Island.”

The Old Spot

Address: 14 Bath Ave, Dublin 4
Hours: Mon – Thurs 12:00 – 15:00 / 17:30 – 22:00 | Fri 12:00 – 15:00 / 17:30 – 22:30 | Sat 17:30 – 22:30 | Sun 12:30 – 16:00 / 17:30 – 21:00
Phone: (01) 660 5599

The Old Spot is a classic and timeless Gastropub owned and operated by a young and passionate team. We offer delicious food, quality wines, select craft beers, bespoke cocktails and great service in a warm and friendly atmosphere.

The Bridge Pub

Address: 13 Ballsbridge Terrace, Dublin 4
Hours: Mon – Thurs 09:00 – 23:30 | Fri – Sat 09:00 – 00:30 | Sun 09:00 – 23:00
Phone: (01) 660 2804

The Bridge 1859 is the only bar in Ireland with Pilsner Urquell’s revolutionary tank beer system. It allows to us to serve fresh unpasteurised beer to the customer.

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