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IMC30 Conference Travel Information

About Dublin – the location for IMC30

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Dublin is the capital and most populous city of Ireland with over one million citizens. It is situated on the east coast of Ireland enveloping Dublin Bay and the estuary of the River Liffey which divides it geographically into North and South sides. The English name for city is derived from Irish name “Dubhlinn” meaning “black pool”.

The Dublin region is the main economic centre of Ireland. Many of Dublin’s traditional industries such as food processing, textile manufacturing, brewing and distilling have gradually declined, although Guinness has been brewed at St James Gate brewery since 1759.

Since the early 1990’s, Dublin has seen a real transformation. The building boom of the “Celtic Tiger” years saw the establishment of the International Financial Services Centre (IFSC), building of the M50 motorway and major arterial routes around the city, construction of the LUAS and DART train and tram lines and Dublin Airport’s second terminal. Economic improvements in the 1990’s attracted a large number of global pharmaceutical, information and communications technology companies to the city and greater Dublin area. Companies such as Microsoft, Google, Amazon, eBay, PayPal, Yahoo!, Facebook, Twitter, Pfizer, Intel and Hewlett-Packard now have their European headquarters and operational bases in the city area.

Dublin has many attractions which include museums, historic monuments, bars, restaurants, music, theatre and parks. Major attractions are; Guinness Storehouse, National Gallery of Ireland, National Museum of Ireland, Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin Castle, Trinity College (Book of Kells), Phoenix Park and St Stephens Green. The City has numerous shopping districts around Grafton St and Henry St. The main department stores include; Arnotts (Henry St), Brown Thomas (Grafton St) and Clerys (O’Connell St).


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Flights

Ireland has three International airports offering direct flights from many European and North American cities. It is indirectly accessible from all major cities worldwide through the major European hubs of London, Paris and Frankfurt. There are direct flights to Dublin from the following US Airports; JFK New York, Boston, Chicago O’Hare, San Francisco and more.


Transport to Venue

 Transport between Dublin City (hotels) and the Airport

“Aircoach” (www.aircoach.ie) provides a 24-hour coach service between Dublin Airport and Dublin City Centre. The buses stop close to all of the recommended hotels. A ticket can be purchased directly from a company representative at the airport arrivals stop at Dublin airport or alternatively from the driver when boarding at any of the stops. These tickets are valid when travelling to, or from, Dublin airport to any point along any of the Dublin routes.

The Aircoach Dublin Airport stop is located just outside the Arrivals Halls at both Terminal 1 and Terminal 2. At Terminal 1, turn left immediately as you exit the terminal building. At Terminal 2, continue along the same level following the signs for buses and coaches, cross the footbridge, and then exit down the escalator on the left hand side. When arriving by coach at Dublin Airport, the first stop will be on the Terminal 2 Departures Road, with the coach then continuing to the Terminal 1 Arrivals Road.

Aircoach operate six routes; Ballsbridge, Leopardstown, Greystones, Killiney/Dalkey, Cork and Belfast. The Leopardstown route has stops near all the recommended hotels while the Ballsbridge route has stops close to the Trinity Capital and Burlington hotels only. A single ticket may be purchased online for 8 (all stops on the route)

It is also possible to take a taxi from Dublin Airport. A taxi from the airport to the city centre costs approximately €30 and a further €10/€15 from the city centre to UCD, Belfield. Taxi drivers may add extra charges for each passenger and for luggage.

Transport to Venue UCD, Stillorgan Rd, Belfield, Dublin 4 

 
Figure 1 - View IMC30 Conference at UCD Engineering and Material Science Centre in a larger map

University College Dublin, the Radisson St. Helen’s Hotel and the Stillorgan Park Hotel are all situated adjacent to the N11 dual carriageway which originates from Dublin City Centre and continues south along the east coast of Ireland towards Wexford.

Figure 1 is a map of part of the UCD campus showing the main entrance from the N11 slip roads / flyover and the access to the UCD Engineering and Material Science Centre which is the venue for the IMC30 conference. The lecture hall is room 326 on the third floor (signs will be posted on the day). The main entrance to the building is shown in figure 2.

Parking in most car parks areas shown on the map is free of charge, however, there are pay and display areas on campus (one shown on the right of this map) where parking tickets must be obtained and displayed. Parking can be very difficult in the hours from 9.30am to 4pm.

 

Figure 2: UCD Engineering and Material Science Centre

Transport by Bus.

A number of buses service UCD terminating both on campus, or stopping at bus stops on the ramp roads on either side of the N11 outside the UCD main entrance. These buses invariably run along the N11 to, and from, Dublin City. Buses going into Dublin City Centre stop on the campus side of the N11 while buses going south on the N11 stop on the opposite side.  Many of these buses also stop close to the hotels shown in the table above (going into Dublin City for the Burlington, Trinity Capital Hotel, and going south for the Radisson St Helens and the Stillorgan Park hotels).

 

The following buses (Dublin bus) connect UCD with the City Centre, stopping close to the Burlington Hotel and the Trinity Capital hotel. The buses that stop outside UCD, on the far side of the N11, will invariably stop close to the Radisson St Helens and the Stillorgan Park hotels:

A.      Terminating on campus (close to the UCD venue): 39A, 32A, 41X, 66X and 67X

B.      Stopping outside UCD: 46A 

 

However see www.dublinbus.ie/ for more exact details as “closest stops” vary for different bus numbers:

Please note that Dublin Bus operates an autofare system, so you need to have the exact fare ready for the bus as no change will be given. If you do not have the exact fare, the driver will not be able to give your change but rather issues a passenger refund ticket. This ticket can only be exchanged for the money owed at the Dublin Bus office on O'Connell Street.

 

Visa information

Delegates from outside of the European Union may require entry visa for travel to Ireland. For definitive information on visa requirements please refer to web site of the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs:

 www.dfa.ie


Currency

Delegates should note that Ireland uses Euro currency.


Weather

The weather in Ireland is traditionally changeable. The temperature usually stays above freezing, so there is seldom snow or ice, but at any time of year it is advisable to be prepared for rain. Climate is similar to much of North West Europe with mild winters & cool summers.

 

Further information

Travellers unfamiliar with the region may find following web sites a useful source of information:

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