There are many layers to the city of Dublin amongst which every visitor finds their niche. It is a bustling city with a population of over 1.7 million and is home to over 100 different nationalities all of whom contribute to the fabric of Dublin. While it has a genuine cosmopolitan feel, Dublin has still managed to retain its own distinct culture which is expressed in a love of literature, drama, traditional music and sport.

Dublin is a modern city with all the skills, structures, features and facilities necessary to host the most complex of conferences.

When congress business is over, there is a wealth of activities and culture. Due to Dublin’s coastal location, the sea is an integral part of Dublin life. This inheritance allows for a wide variety of water activities, sports or just strolling. Inland, Dublin offers a pick of events from greyhound racing, a variety of many fine gardens, old stately homes and picturesque parklands.


The city is abundant with unique buildings and quirky stores; and the streets are always bustling. Dublin has a busy city centre shopping area around Grafton Street and Henry Street. Browsing the shops on Dublin’s Grafton Street is a renowned pastime as the shopping can also be combined with sight-seeing. There is a huge range of products to bring home—from traditional Irish hand-made crafts to international designer labels. Shopping hours in general are from 9.00am to 6.00pm Monday to Saturday, with shops open until 8.00pm on Thursdays, and many shops open from 12.00pm – 6.00pm on Sunday.

Eating and Drinking

The wide-ranging choice of hotels, restaurants, and pubs meets every visitor’s pocket and taste and whether it is a chic boutique hotel, world-class international accommodation or a quaint B&B, Dublin’s menu suits every palette. From centrally located Michelin Star Restaurants, to casual eateries for resting the feet, the mood and inclination of Dublin’s guests is anticipated, provided for and enjoyed.
Of course, the quintessential Dublin Pub provides the focal point of Dublin’s social life, illuminating the vibrant hues of Dubliners and their culture. Conversation flows freely unleashing the unique atmosphere that defines the city.

Explore the City

Dublin is one of the oldest cities in Europe and with ancient churches, grand buildings and fine museums, cultural riches abound. From the ancient to the avant-garde, from history, architecture, literature, art and archaeology to the performing arts Dublin has it, with the real advantage to the visitor being that everything is contained within a small area. Furthermore, Dublin boasts the largest park to be found in a European City, the Phoenix Park.


Ireland enjoys relatively cool summers. In summer (May to July), the averages for highest temperatures are between 64 and 68°Fnd. Dublin enjoys reasonable sunshine in May with unpredictable rain showers. These rain showers generally don’t last long, but it is recommended that you have an umbrella or light rain gear to hand.

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What to Pack

Include business attire for all conference sessions and events. Business attire is recommended for the gala dinner. Rainwear and comfortable shoes are advised.


Delegates are advised to arrange their own insurance to cover medical or other expenses including accident or loss. If a delegate must cancel for medical reasons, normal cancellation policy applies. It is recommended that EU citizens bring 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.


A small tip is appreciated for good service.  Tip cabs 10% and porters 60c per bag.


The currency in Ireland is the Euro.

Smoking Policy

Under Irish law smoking is not permitted in pubs, restaurants, hotel lobbies and all enclosed public buildings.


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