Dublin & Ireland

General Information on Dublin

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 area’s Irish is spoken also.

dublin1Dublin 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 city is very easy to navigate around with everything within walking distance of The Burlington Hotel which is the conference venue. A city map will be provided in your delegate pack to ensure you are familiar with the city.

The city is on your doorstep, the real advantage to the visitor is that everything is contained within a small area and it is very easy to navigate around the city on foot. Dublin boasts the largest park in a European city, the Phoenix Park. For those interested in seeing some of Dublin and Ireland best tourist attractions, delegates will have the opportunity to purchase optional tours tickets on their registration form.

An exciting partner programme has been created which will give partners the opportunity to sample some of the best in Irish food, Irish history, to see Dublin and have some “craic” the Irish term for fun!

Dublin is widely considered ‘the internet capital of Europe’ with seven of the world’s top ten global companies have significant bases here.

Temperature

Ireland enjoys a temperate climate, with (until recently) mild winters and relatively cool summers. Mean daily temperature in May is 17 °C. Dublin enjoys reasonable sunshine and rain belts reaching the east coast are frequently light and generally clear within a few hours. However it is always wise when travelling to Ireland to pack rain gear or an umbrella.

Shopping

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. Things to buy: woollen knits, tweeds, crystal, Claddagh rings, pottery, silver and music. Shopping hours 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.

Insurance

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.

Tax Refunds

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, bars or taxis. Tipping of 10% is average in restaurants and porters €1 per bag.

Currency & Credit Cards

The currency in Ireland is the Euro. 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

240 volts

Time

From March to October, Ireland operates on GMT Greenwich Mean Time + 1 hour.

What to Pack

Include jeans and casual wear. Smart dress for the gala dinner. Rainwear and comfortable shoes are advised.