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ECOC Conference Venue(s)

Intercontinental Dublin
Simmonscourt Rd
Ballsbridge
Dublin
Ireland

RDS (The Royal Dublin Society)
Merrion Road
Ballsbridge
Dublin 4

General information

Currency
The currency of Ireland is the Euro (€).

Smoking
To keep within Irish smoking regulations, smoking is prohibited inside and is only permitted within designated smoking areas.

Insurance
The organisers cannot be held responsible for accidents to registrants or for damage to or loss of their personal property howsoever caused. Registrants should therefore make their own insurance arrangements.

Language
The official language of the conference is English – no translation facilities will be provided.

Travelling to the venue

>>> From Dublin Airport to RDS & The InterContinental Hotel

By Car
For directions by car, please visit the RDS website.

Transfers
You can pre-book airport transfers through MICE Concierge. (Select 'Travel information & Airport Taxis' tab for more information.)

Taxi
Taxi's are available at the Taxi rank outside arrivals. Expect to pay between €30 and €40 to get to RDS and the InterContinental.

Image result for my taxi app dublin logoThe most efficient way to get around Dublin is the very popular 'MyTaxi' app. It is available for both android and iOS. 'MyTaxi' reflects the well-known app 'Uber' which is unavailable in Dublin, but very similar.

Image result for aircoach dublin airportPublic Transport
The RDS and the InterContinental Hotel is serviced by Aircoach (Route 702).

Air coach booking for people with disabilities must be made in advance. For more information on timetables visit the Aircoach website or call +353(0)18447118

Parking

RDS

Daily parking & event visitors: €7.00 per day, subject to availability.

Parking is available on a first-come first-served basis and is configured according to the location, timing and nature of the event. There are three main entrances/parking areas at the RDS: Merrion Road, Simmonscourt Road and Anglesea Road.

The InterContinental

  • Hotel Residents: €18.00 per vehicle, per night
  • Day Visitors: First 30 mins free, €3.00 per hour thereafter (max. of €18.00 for over-night)
  • Valet Parking: €5.00 per hour (maximum of €25.00 for over-night)

You can access the car park via the main entrance. In the event that this carpark fills up, the Clayton hotel is across the road has a 3 level underground carpark and they accept non-residents. Their fee is €2.20 per hour.

Getting around Dublin

The Dublin Bus
There are hundreds of Dublin bus stops serving nearly every area in the city, running from the outer northern suburbs to the outer southern suburbs. All routes go through the City Centre.

Visit Dublin's journey planner to plan your visit around Dublin.

Tram (Luas)
There are two tramlines, which cross the city: The Luas RED line travels from the point village, east side. It runs East west along the River Liffey and connects the two main train stations in the city, Connolly and Heuston stations.

The GREEN line travels from Stephens Green, on the south side of the City Centre. Visit the Luas website for more information.

Public bike rental service
Dublin offers a public bike rental service. This is a great way to explore the hidden corners of Dublin. You can rent one from dozens of terminals dotted around the City Centre and inner city suburbs.

How do I pay?
Pick up a 3-day Ticket at selected City Dublin Bike terminals for €5.

Local places to eat

MICE Concierge can help with booking tables at local restaurants.

By clicking the 'Local places to eat' tab at the top of the page.

If you have any further enquires, please use the LiveChat facility or contact +44 (0) 1438 908770 or email hello@miceconcierge.com. 

Newgrange

Image result for newgrangeNewgrange which features in the ECOC 2019 logo, is a Stone Age monument in the Boyne Valley, County Meath, it is the jewel in the crown of Ireland's Ancient East.

Newgrange was constructed about 5,200 years ago making it older than Stonehenge and the Great Pyramids of Giza.

Archaeologists classified Newgrange as a passage tomb, however Newgrange is now recognised to be much more.

Ancient Temple is a more fitting classification, a place of astrological, spiritual, religious and ceremonial importance, much as present day cathedrals are places of prestige and worship where dignitaries may be laid to rest. 

Newgrange Winter SolsticeWinter solstice

Above the entrance to the passage at Newgrange there is an opening called a roof-box. Its purpose is to allow sunlight to penetrate the passage and chamber at sunrise around the Winter Solstice. At 8:58am a narrow beam of light penetrates the roof-box and reaches the floor of the chamber, gradually extending to the rear of the passage.

As the sun rises higher, the beam widens within the chamber so that the whole room becomes dramatically illuminated.

After 17 minutes the sunbeam leaves the chamber and retreats down the passage. 

Newgrange was rediscovered in 1699

The landowner, Charles Campbell, needed some stones and asked his workers to carry some stones away from the cairn. When those stones were moved, the entrance to this extraordinary tomb was uncovered.

Archaeo-astronomer Frank Prendergast has data which shows that the Great Circle stones were both astronomical and functioned as a calendar.

Take a visit

Newgrange Tours by Mary Gibbons provides visitors with our world-renowned bus tour of some of the most famous and iconic locations of Ireland's Ancient East.

  • With this tour, visitors can skip the line and are guaranteed access to the Newgrange monument
  • Adult ticket - €40.00 Student ticket - €35.00
  • Book your place

Local attractions

Image result for national gallery of irelandNational Gallery of Ireland

The National Gallery of Ireland holds the national collection of European and Irish fine art.

Admission is free to the permanent collections. 7-minute drive or 13-minute bus from RDS.

Image result for national gallery of ireland archeologyNational Museum of Ireland

The National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology is the national repository for all archaeological objects found in Ireland and home to over two million artefacts. 

Admission is free. 9-minute drive or 16-minute bus from RDS.

Image result for big bus tours dublinCity sightseeing Dublin hop on hop off tour

Discover Dublin at your own pace on a hop-on hop-off city bus tour, the ideal choice for travellers that prefer a flexible approach to sightseeing.

From €19.60.

Dublin Bay Cruise

See Dublin landmarks from a different vantage point on a Dublin Bay cruise Explore areas outside of Dublin at your own pace.

30 minutes from RDS. From €15.