Partner Programme

Welcome to ACI’s Partner Program for 2017.  I’m delighted to be hosting this event, and I’m proud to be showing you around some of the best spots on our East Coast.

Dublin is a small but vibrant city, with our gorgeous countryside less than half an hour away.  We have planned our Program to give you a taste of the best that Ireland has to offer in terms of our rich culture, our beautiful landscape and our legendary hospitality, with a good measure of ‘craic’* thrown in!

Looking forward to seeing you in May,

Gillian O’Brien

 * we call it “craic”, an Irish word that has no translation in English, but when you experience it you will understand!

Thursday, 11th May 2017
Daytime: Dublin City Experience Enjoy a panoramic tour of Dublin City with your own private guide. We’ll start at the Book of Kells at Trinity College before moving on through the sights and sounds of the city taking in Dublin Castle, with a stop in the Phoenix Park. Finish with a late lunch at Fallon & Byrne, back in the heart of Dublin’s shopping area.

Meet at Trinity College Dublin @ 09.30; Return at Leisure

Evening: Welcome Address – CCD @ 18:00
Official opening of the 56th ACI FMA World Congress at the CCD. Buffet Dinner.
Meet at the CCD @ 18:00; Return at Leisure

What to Wear: Smart Casual, please wear suitable shoes and a light rain jacket.

Evening: Smart

Friday, 12th May 2017

Garden of Ireland

We’re off to Wicklow, the Garden of Ireland, just south of Dublin. We’ll take in the beautiful Powerscourt Waterfall, then travel on Glendalough in the stunning Valley of the Two Lakes. Relax over lunch in the gorgeous surroundings of Avoca’s Fern Tree Café. We’ve factored in some free time to shop at Avoca before returning to the CCD.

Pick up @ 09:30; Drop off @ 16:00

Guinness Storehouse

A fantastic evening awaits at the Guinness Storehouse in the St James’s Gate Brewery – the home of the Black Stuff.  Experience over 250 years of brewing heritage over seven floors, before emerging to the famous rooftop Gravity Bar in this iconic building, where you’ll learn how to pull the perfect pint of Guinness!  A fun-filled evening of excellent food and entertainment is guaranteed.

What to Wear: 
Daytime – Smart casual, flat shoes. Light rain jacket advised. Fern Tree Café is smart but not stuffy.
Evening – Smart.

Saturday, 13th May 2017

“Recovery” Cocktail Brunch
After a big night in the Guinness Storehouse and ahead of the Gala Ball, what better way to kick off your Saturday than with a gorgeous brunch on the terrace in Residence, overlooking St Stephen’s Green. Just 5 minutes’ walk from Grafton Street, have a wander around Brown Thomas or explore the delights of the Powerscourt Townhouse Centre as you make your way back to your hotel at leisure.
Pick Up from CCD @ 11:00; Return at Leisure

Pick Up @ 11:00; Return at Leisure

Gala Ball and Closing Ceremony

he grand finale of the Congress takes place in Dublin’s premier banqueting venue, The Convention Centre. With breath-taking entertainment and great food in truly stunning surroundings, this promises to be a fantastic climax to your time in Dublin. Bring your dancing shoes!

Reception begins at the CCD @ 19:00

Pick Up @ 18:30; Return at Leisure

What to Wear: 
Daytime: Smart
Evening: Cocktail/Semi-formal