Dublin is the capital city of Ireland and is officially known in the Irish language as Baile Átha Cliath (pronounced Ballya – Aha – Clia) which in translation (Dublin) Dubh Linn means “black pool”. The city was originally founded as a Viking settlement in the 8th century and has gone through many transitions over the centuries.
It currently is one of Europe’s major cities for industry and sciences and Dublin had the prestigious honour of being the European City of Science in 2012. Though the city has a rich historical past, it is the youth and vibrancy of the capital of Ireland that offers so much to its visiting delegates.
Within Dublin, there are many sights to see while exploring the city by foot. With its museums, galleries, shops, restaurants and bars, Dublin offers each visitor options to suit their needs.
Just some of Dublin’s hundreds of things to see and do:
> Visit Trinity College Dublin and see the Book of Kells. To book a visit to the Book of Kells, click here.
> Visit Hugh Lane Gallery and the Writers Museum. Free Admission!
> See Dublin Spire on O’Connell Street and enjoy the architecture or the GPO and Dublin’s many historical buildings and Georgian squares.
> Shop on Grafton Street (or window shop!)
> Visit Historical St Patrick’s Cathedral.
> Visit Dublinia to learn of Dublin’s Viking past.
> Sample a pint of Guinness in one of Dublin’s many pubs or Visit Guinness Storehouse – the home of Guinness.
> Visit the National Gallery of Ireland.
> Walk through Temple Bar to see the craftworks, restaurants and cafes.
> Visit Dublin Castle.
Or simply just step outside your hotel and the conference venue and explore the city!
CONFERENCE LANGUAGE English is the official conference language and there will be no simultaneous translation.
INSURANCE The Conference Organising Committee, or its agents, will not be responsible for any medical expenses, loss, damages or accidents during the Event. We would in particular draw your attention to the cancellation policy in respect of registration fees and accommodation. In the event that, for whatever reason, the Conference has to be cancelled or postponed, the Organising Committee, and/or its agents, will be responsible only for refund of monies received. We recommend that delegates insure themselves for medical and cancellation charges.
CHILD CARE Child care facilities are available through the Belgrave Agency - www.nanny.ie.
AUTOMATIC TELLER MACHINES (ATM) Located at most banks, and are widespread throughout the country. They accept Visa, Mastercard, as well as PLUS and CIRRUS debit cards. Credit cards are widely accepted.
CLIMATE Mild and temperate (showers can occur at any time of the year). Summer temperatures range from 15 to 25 degrees Celsius (60 to 75° F). Spring and autumn temperatures average around 10+ degrees Celsius (50+° F). Winter is 0 to 10° Celsius (30 to 50° F). Rainwear is recommended.
CURRENCY The euro (€)
ELECTRIC CURRENT 220 volts
BANKS Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday open 10am to 4pm. Thursday from 10am to 5pm in Dublin (and some other regions). Small towns and rural areas - banks may close for lunch from 12.30pm to 1.30pm.
SHOPPING HOURS Monday to Saturday - 9am to 6pm. Thursday in Dublin - late night shopping to 8pm/9pm. Thursday and Friday - late night shopping in most malls. Sunday - many shops open 12.00pm to 6pm.