Congress Social Events

Optional Congress Social Events

Night in the GPO – Tuesday 1st May 2018 

Date:  SOLD OUT Tuesday 1 May 2018 

Time: 19:00 – 22:00
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Transport: none – delegates must make their own way to and from the GPO which is located close to the Congress venue in the centre of Dublin. Public transport is also available.

Address: GPO, O’Connell Street​ Lower, North City, Dublin 1 (see map).

A private evening at the GPO Witness History Experience – Optional Night/Ticketed Event
GPO Witness History is a brand new permanent visitor attraction in the iconic GPO building on O’Connell Street, Dublin 1. The centre will open privately on this evening for Congress delegates who have purchased a ticket.
This highly immersive and engaging exhibition puts you right inside the GPO during Easter Week in 1916 and gives you exclusive access to the architectural GPO witness history museum. History will come to life as you experience events from both sides of the conflict and through the eyes of bystanders caught in the crossfire through electronic touch screens, video, audio visual booths, sound and authentic artefacts – many previously unseen.
After the exhibition, we will gather in the glass walled dining area overlooking the courtyard. Light ‘super bowl’ style meal with drinks will be served in a semi seated casual setting.
The events of Easter Week shaped this country’s history and the GPO was at the centre of it all.

Please Note – This event is subject to minimum numbers to go ahead, if minimum numbers are not achieved the organisers reserve the right to cancel the event and refund any delegates who have paid. An alternative will be provided where is possible.

Historical Walking Tour

Dates: 30th April, 1st May and 2nd May 2018 SOLD OUT

Time: 18.30 – 20.30

Ticket price for delegates: €13.50
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Dress code: Casual clothing with comfortable walking shoes, an umbrella or rain coat (just in case!).

Tour Start Point: delegates will be greeted by the tour guide in the foyer of the congress venue (CCD) 15 minutes prior to the tour start time.

In just two hours this award-winning and entertaining ‘seminar on the street’, conducted by history post-graduates, explores the main features of Irish history — Dublin’s development, the influence of the American and French Revolutions, the Potato Famine, the Great War and the 1916 Rising, the War of Independence and Civil War, and the prospects for Ireland post-Brexit. The route includes: Famine monument, Customs House, O’Connell monument, General Post Office (HQ of 1916 insurgents), Trinity College, House of Lords (Bank of Ireland), Temple Bar, City Hall, Dublin Castle, Christ Church Cathedral, Four Courts.

‘Outstanding blend of history and humour. The original Dublin walking tour is still the best!’ – The Irish Times.

Dublin Literary Pub Crawl

Dates: 30th April SOLD OUT, 1st May and 2nd May 2018

Time:  19:30 – 21.30
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Starting point: steps of the dining hall at Trinity College (see map).

Dress code: Casual clothing with comfortable walking shoes, an umbrella or rain coat (just in case!)

This is a fun and unique way to explore Dublin City. Combining two well-known aspects of Irish Heritage: Literature & Pubs!

It’s a tour of Dublin’s historic pubs in the company of two actors who introduce the writers and perform scenes from their works: The Pub, the Poet, the Pint!

You will hear a selection from Joyce, Beckett, Behan, Mary Lavin, Oscar Wilde, Eavan Boland, Paula Meehan, Seamus Heaney, Michael Longley. No need to be a literary buff as everything will be explained to you by quoting entertaining pieces from the works of Dublin’s scribes as well as being given some background to the writers featured – so no jumping in at the deep end. You will be told about the great pubs in the city, how the pub culture got started and how important it was for the trade of writing.

It is not a particularly strenuous walk – about a half-mile in total. However, walking can be thirsty work and so you will stop along the way for a refreshing drink in 4 of our most famous pubs to experience them for yourselves. Light snacks will be provided in one of the pubs we stop at (not dinner).

Lazy Bike Tours

Dates: 30th April, 1st May and 2nd May 2018 SOLD OUT

Time: 18.45 – 20.45
Ticket Price:  €28.50
Dress Code: casual

Tour Starting Point: Delegates must make their own way to the Lazy Bike Tours office.

Address: 4 Scarlet Row, Essex St W, Temple Bar, Dublin (see map).

This is a fully guided tour which stops on the river, Dublin Castle, St Patrick’s, Teelings Whiskey Distillery, The Liberties, Guinness Factory, The Old City Walls and Christchurch. The tour content is a mixture of history and stories about the city of Dublin (See map of route).

In purchasing a ticket, you will receive the following:

  • Push or electric bike
  • Helmet & high-viz jacket

you are required to pre-book into all social events. To do so, please log on to your registration form. If you have any questions please email

Tour of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland

Dates: Monday 30th April, Tuesday 1st May

Time: 3.30pm, Tours last approximately 35-45 minutes
Ticket Price: There is no fee and no booking required. Please make your own way to the venue and show your ICOH badge on arrival.

Location: RCPI, 6 Kildare Street, Dublin 2

Founded in 1654 the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland is Ireland’s oldest post-graduate medical training organisation. Find out more about the history of the College and medicine in Ireland, on a tour of the College’s beautiful Victorian home in the heart of Dublin.

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