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Get together - Dublin Intercontinental Hotel

The Get Together Reception is a chance to meet and network with your colleagues before the start of the main conference. The Get Together will take place at the luxurious, 5 star* Intercontinental Hotel.

Date:Sunday 22 September 2019
Time: 18:30 - 20:00
Location: Dublin Intercontinental hotel
Price: Included in conference registration fee & workshop only fee

Welcome reception - Guinness Storehouse

Guinness is synonymous with Ireland and no visit to Dublin is complete without a trip to the Guinness Storehouse – the Home of Guinness. ECOC delegates will get exclusive access to the entire Storehouse, which includes the museum, brewery tour, food, refreshments and, of course, Guinness!

The Home of Guinness…

Located in the heart of the St. James's Gate Brewery, the Guinness Storehouse is Ireland's most popular tourist attraction. It's the home of the Black Stuff, the heart of Dublin and an unforgettable experience. The journey begins at the bottom of the world's largest pint glass and continues up through seven floors filled with famous exhibits and interactive experiences that fuse the Guinness family's long brewing heritage with Ireland's rich history. At the top, you'll be rewarded with a pint of perfection in our world-famous rooftop Gravity Bar with boasts un-interrupted, panoramic views of Dublin!

Date:Monday 23 September 2019
Time: 19:30 - 23:00
Location: Guinness Storehouse
Price: Free for ECOC delegates (€55 for a guest)

VIP dinner - Dublin Castle

Dublin Castle is the heart of historic Dublin. In fact, the city gets its name from the Black Pool - 'Dubh Linn' which was on the site of the present Castle garden. The Castle stands on the ridge on a strategic site at the junction of the River Liffey and its tributary the Poddle, where the original fortification may have been an early Gaelic Ring Fort. Later a Viking Fortress stood on this site - a portion of which is on view to visitors in the ' Mediaeval Undercroft' which also includes the remains of the original 13th century Castle.

St Patrick's Hall

The VIP Dinner will take place in St Patrick's Hall - This is the grandest room of the state apartments and contains one of the most important decorative interiors in Ireland. Formerly the ballroom of the Lord Lieutenant's administration, today the room is used for presidential inaugurations. If a President of Ireland dies in office, such as Erskine H. Childers in 1974, he lies in state here. It is one of the oldest rooms in the castle, dating from the 1740s, though its decoration largely dates from c. 1790, including the most significant painted ceiling in Ireland executed by Vincenzo Valdre (c. 1742–1814). The state dinner hosted by the President of Ireland to welcome Queen Elizabeth II to Ireland was held here on the evening of 18 May 2011.

Date:Tuesday 24 September 2019
19:00 - Arrival
19:30 - Seated for dinner
22:00 - Finish
Location: Dublin Castle
Price: By invitation only

Gala dinner – An evening of traditional Irish dance and music!

The ECOC 2019 Gala Dinner will take place in the historic "Round Room" at the Mansion House, the location of the first Irish Dáil Éireann (assembly of Ireland) who met on the 21 January 1919 to proclaim the Irish Declaration of Independence. Attendees will get a chance to experience Ireland's famous hospitality and cuisine in this historic setting, as well as some of the finest traditional Irish music, dance and entertainment.

What you can expect…

An evening of Irish and contemporary music

Relax and enjoy some traditional Irish tunes with The Liffey Band, one of Ireland's most popular and in-demand bands.

A history of Irish dance

Take a journey through history and see where Irish dance first started, and where it is today! The "Timeline - A history of Irish dance" show is a music and dance spectacular featuring some of Ireland's most talented musicians who'll take you on a journey through time and show you how Irish dance has changed and developed through the ages.

Date:Wednesday 25 September 2019
Time: 20:00 - 22:30
Location: Round Room at the Mansion House
Price: €70 per person

You have time to visit the Book of Kells tour prior to the Gala Dinner, see below.

Book of Kells and Tour of Old Library

For ECOC 2019, we are offering delegates the chance to experience The Book of Kells – the centrepiece of an exhibition which attracts over 500,000 visitors to Trinity College in Dublin City each year. It is Ireland's greatest cultural treasure and the world's most famous medieval manuscript. The tour finishes with a drinks-reception in the Long Room, one of the world's most beautiful libraries, that houses 200,000 of Trinity College's oldest books.

Use the Book of Kells tour as a pre Gala dinner entertainment and reception and then walk the 200 metres to the dinner location at the fantastic Mansion House.

Book of Kells

The Book of Kells is an extraordinary illuminated manuscript, decorated with lavish Celtic and Christian iconography with distinctive designs that have become firmly rooted in Irish identity. Thought to have been created around 800 A.D. by Christian monks, it is composed of the four gospels, hand-transcribed on vellum in a script style known as "insular majuscule" or "insular script" which flourished in Ireland and Scotland between 600 and 850. It is named for the monastery at Kells, County Meath where the monks took refuge after a Viking raid and which became the manuscript's home for centuries.

Old Library

Built between 1712 and 1732, the main chamber of the Old Library is the Long Room; at nearly 65 metres in length, it is filled with more than 200,000 of the Library's oldest books, including one of the few remaining copies of the 1916 Proclamation of the Irish Republic. The library is the largest in Dublin and considered to be one of the most impressive libraries in the world.

Date:Wednesday 25 September 2019
Time: 18:00 - 19:40
Location: Trinity College Dublin
Price: €30 per person (limited availability - only 200 tickets available, first come first serve)