Venue

Prepare to experience a conference location like no other, right in the heart of Dublin. Positioned in Spencer Dock on the banks of the River Liffey, The Convention Centre Dublin is Ireland’s new world-class, purpose-built international conference and event venue.

The landmark building was designed by Pritzker award-winning Irish architect Kevin Roche, and features a stunning glass fronted atrium running the full height of the building – giving visitors panoramic views of the River Liffey, Dublin city centre and the Wicklow mountains.

This contemporary 21st century venue was designed to meet the highest standards of environmental sustainability, including choice of construction materials, such as concrete with a zero carbon footprint and long-term operational management, particularly in the areas of energy usage and waste management.

Step outside The CCD and you will find a host of local services, such as restaurants, cafes, pubs, shops, hotels, post offices and banking facilities, Dart & Luas stops
More information at: www.theccd.ie

Visa Travel Requirements

If you require an invitation letter for your visa application please get in contact with the Congress Secretariat in advance of your departure to Dublin. The visa application may require weeks to be finalized so you should check with your local Irish embassy or consulate.  Please be advised you will be sent an invitation letter only after receiving the full payment of your registration fee.

EU Citizens and Citizens of the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa are simply required to show a passport, valid for at least 6 months.

All non-EU citizens should contact their local embassies for specific requirements. For a list of Irish Embassies click here.

www.dfa.ie/embassies/irish-embassies-abroad

Please note that Ireland is not part of the Schengen agreement.

www.schengenvisa.cc

Further information can also be found on the following website.

www.citizensinformation.ie

Visiting Dublin

Situated on Ireland’s East Coast, the capital city of Dublin resides on the mouth of the River Liffey. Established by the Vikings over a thousand years ago, it has developed through the centuries to gradually become the most important commercial and cultural centre in Ireland. Dublin is a sophisticated metropolis widely acknowledged as one of Europe’s loveliest and liveliest capital cities. As an eclectic modern capital city, Dublin provides the tradition you would expect alongside an exciting cosmopolitan aspect – this fusion of the old and the new makes Dublin both exciting and unique. Besides its many Museums, Libraries, Historic Castles and Georgian Squares, Dublin has a love affair with music and literature which can be experienced in the many pubs, theatres, galleries and clubs throughout the city.

A city that invites you into its heart, a city comfortable to explore and a city with a contagious energy, Dublin looks forward to welcoming you in May 2017.

General Information

Money

The Euro is the currency in the Republic of Ireland. Generally, in the Republic of Ireland the banking hours of business are Monday to Friday, from 10.00 to 16.00 hours (10:30 to 16:30 on Wednesdays). Northern Ireland uses Sterling as currency if you wish to expand your stay.

Foreign Exchange

There are currency exchange services in Dublin and there are banks in the local area too. However, we always advise you to secure local currency before travelling.

Shopping

Opening hours are normally from 09:00 to 18:00 Monday to Saturday, with late night shopping on Thursday evenings until 21:00. Most shops are open on Sundays from 12:00 to 18:00. There are a number of convenience stores, cafés, restaurants and bars in the local area including a bank and ATM.

Tipping

In general, tipping is always appreciated. Hotels and restaurants often add 10-15% to the bill for large parties. Tipping in pubs is unusual except for table service.

Credit Cards

All major credit cards are accepted in most service and retail outlets.

Language

English is spoken by everyone while Irish is generally confined to pockets of the south-west, west and north-western coastal areas. Road signs are bilingual.

Emergency Numbers and Dialling Codes

Emergency numbers in Ireland are 999 or 112.

The international dialling code for Ireland is 00-353. When making international calls, you will need to dial 00 + your country code.

Climate

Dublin’s climate is mild and changeable. In summer (May to July), the averages for highest temperatures are between 18 and 20°C.

For up-to-date weather information, visit www.met.ie

Smoking

Smoking is banned in all public areas, work places, including restaurants, bars and hotels. There are substantial penalties in place for those found to be in breach of these regulations.

Electric Supply

Voltage is 230v Ac, 50 Hz. Socket type is a standard UK 3 pin. Most electrical items from continental Europe will function with an adapter.