Annual Meeting 2019: Travel and Visits

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Transport in Dublin

Arriving at Dublin Airport

Dublin Airport is approximately 10km north of Dublin City Centre, near the M50 and M1 motorways. The most convenient ways to travel to the City Centre is by taxi or coach:

Taxi: There are taxi ranks outside both terminals, and a journey to the city centre will cost between €20 and €30.

Aircoach: The Aircoach leaves every 15-30 minutes and costs €7 for a single journey. You can pre-book or buy your ticket on the coach. It picks up outside both terminals and stops at O’Connell Street and Trinity and various routes around the city centre near hotels.https://www.aircoach.ie/route-700-dublin-airport-dublin-city-centre 

The Airlink (747 & 757) airport bus services: A similar service but does not go to Merrion Square, Dublin 4. It costs €6. http://www.dublinbus.ie/Your-Journey1/Timetables/Airport-Services/

Getting around Dublin

The Leap Visitor Card is the most convenient public transport card available for tourists and visitors to Dublin. The Card allows unlimited travel over your selected time period on Airlink, Dublin Bus, Luas, DART and Commuter Rail. You can even travel to and from the Airport at the start and end of your trip without any additional charge. Leap Visitor is not valid on the Hop on/Hop off tour or other special tour services.

Depending on how long you plan on staying, you can choose from a number of options and find one that best suits your visit.

  • 1 day (24 hours) – €10.00
  • 3 days (72 hours) – €19.50
  • 7 days (168 hours) – €40.00

Useful Links

https://www.visitdublin.com/see-do/travel-and-planning/getting-around

https://about.leapcard.ie/leap-visitor-card

Tours of Ireland

If you are planning to take a trip around Ireland before or after the conference, there are multiple different routes to choose from. Some locations can be reached by public transport (http://www.irishrail.ie/) (http://www.buseireann.ie/) but some may require a car (https://www.europcar.ie/) (https://www.hertz.ie/rentacar/reservation/). For a list of B&Bs, guesthouses, and hostels, search (www.booking.com). Advanced booking for major attractions and tours is essential, in particular The Titanic Experience and the Book of Kells. Ireland is a small country. Most of the major cities can be reached by car within 3 hours or under. While our national road infrastructure is good, the secondary roads can meander and be quite narrow. We outline some basic routes for excursions below, if you require further information, you can visit (https://www.discoverireland.ie/) and (https://www.tourismireland.com/contact-us).

Here are some of our suggestions:

Dublin – Galway – Connemara – Aran Islands

Take the train or drive to Galway City. Attend a Druid Theatre performance and then relax in Tigh Neachtains with a pint of Guinness. The next day, travel to Connemara and feel like you have stepped back in time as you pass by the famed rugged scenery and stone cottages. Take a trip to the Aran Islands by ferry.

Hotel recommendations:
4* Hotel Meyrick
Eyre Square, Galway

5* The G Hotel
Old Dublin Road, Galway

4* Renvyle House Hotel
North of Tully, Connemara, Renvyle, Co Galway
H91 X8Y8

5* Ballynahinch Castle
Connemara, Co. Galway


Dublin – Belfast – Giant’s Causeway – Derry 

Travel to Belfast. Visit the Titanic Quarter, take a black taxi tour of the political murals, and then unwind in a snug at Crown Bar (you can read up on the history of the Irish snug here.) Next day, drive to UNESCO World Heritage site, Giant’s Causeway, in County Antrim. On the way, stop in the village of Bushmills where Bushmills Whiskey is distilled. From Giant’s Causeway, travel to Derry, the “walled city.” Walk around the city walls, take in the city’s murals, and visit The Museum of Free Derry to learn more about Bloody Sunday.

Hotel recommendations:
4* Titanic Hotel
Queen's Road, Titanic Quarter, Belfast 
BT3 9DT

4* Europa Hotel
Great Victoria St., Belfast 
BT2 7AP

5* Fitzwilliam Hotel Belfast
1-3 Great Victoria St, Belfast 
BT2 7BQ

4* Bishop’s Gate Hotel
24 Bishop Street, Derry 
BT48 6PP

4* Maldron
Butcher St, Derry 
BT48 6HL


Dublin – Adare – Killarney – West Cork 

Leave Dublin and travel to the charming village of Adare in Co. Limerick. On the way, stop at the small village of Moneygall, Co. Offaly where Barack Obama ancestors lived. Adare boasts beautiful stone cottages with thatched roofs, wonderful cafes and restaurants, as well as a number of high-end boutiques. From Adare, drive to Killarney and spend some time exploring Killarney National Park. Following this, visit West Cork, famed for its beautiful beaches, friendly locals, and superb food.

Hotel recommendations:
4* Dunraven Arms
Main St, Blackabbey, Adare, Co. Limerick

5* Adare Manor
Adare, Co. Limerick

4* The Lake Hotel
Muckross Road, Killarney, Co. Kerry

5* Killarney Park Hotel
Town Centre, Killarney, Co. Kerry 
V93 CF30


Dublin – Sligo – Donegal

Due to the fact that William Butler Yeats was born and lived in Sligo, the county is often referred to as “Yeats Country’’. Visit Drumcliffe Cemetery where Yeats is buried. His headstone reads: “Cast a cold eye on Life, on Death. Horseman pass by”. Then, take a tour of Lissadell House which was the birthplace and home of Countess Markievicz, the first woman to be elected to Westminster Parliament (find out more about Countess Markievicz here.) Head for Donegal, the hidden jewel of Ireland. Travel to Slieve League cliffs which are among the highest in Europe. These cliffs offer magnificent views of the Atlantic Ocean and Donegal Bay. Next, visit Gartan Lough and then Glenveagh National Park and Castle. Donegal boasts the best beaches in Ireland, prime among them Rossnowlagh, Portnoo, and Portsalon beach.

Hotel recommendations: (You will need a car to reach these properties.)
4* Temple House 
Ballymote, Co. Sligo 

4* The Glasshouse 
Swan Point, Sligo

4* Harvey’s Point
Lough Eske, Donegal

5* Solis Lough Eske Castle
Lough Eske Castle Road, Donegal
F94 HX59


Day Trips

If you are considering taking a day trip from Dublin, there are many options to choose from. Various tour bus companies depart daily from the city centre. 

Glendalough

One of the closest destinations to Dublin is Glendalough in County Wicklow. Glendalough is a glacial valley with stunning scenery and great walks. It is also a monastic site, founded by St. Kevin in the 6th century. 

Belfast

Belfast is just over two hours away from Dublin and a great option for a day trip. Consider taking a "Black Taxi tour" of the city, you will visit murals and gain an in-depth local knowledge of The Troubles and Northern Ireland (Here are two tour companies that we recommend—http://coiste.ie/ offer walking tours of the murals and https://www.niblacktaxitours.c... offer taxi tours.) The Titanic Experience is an excellent way to round off a day trip to Belfast but tickets should be booked in advance to avoid long queues.

Newgrange

Newgrange is a Stone Age passage tomb constructed over 5,000 years ago in the Boyne Valley in County Meath. Newgrange is famous for the illumination of its passages the sun at the Winter Solstice.

Galway City

Galway is a charming and friendly city which is best explored on foot. It is packed full of artists, music, and culture. Visit the Spanish Arch and the harbour followed by a pint of Guinness at Tigh Neachtains. Galway will be European Capital of Culture in 2020.

Guinness Storehouse

Guinness Storehouse was voted Europe’s leading tourist attraction at the World Travel Awards in 2015, ahead of The Eiffel Tower, The Colosseum, and Buckingham Palace. Take a tour of the storehouse and see how Guinness is made. Once the tour is finished you will be taken to the Gravity Bar which offers unrivalled views of Dublin City.


The following tour companies offer day trips from Dublin:
http://daytours.ie 
Day Tours offer the following day tours from Dublin- Cliffs of Moher, Connemara, Cork, Blarney & Cashel, Belfast, Giant's Causeway, Glendalough & Kilkenny and Celtic Boyne Valley (Newgrange). 

http://www.paddywagontours.com/tours/Day-Tours-from-DUBLIN 
Paddy Wagon Tours offer the following day tours from Dublin- Giant’s Causeway, Cliffs of Moher, Wicklow Mountains, Kilkenny, Connemara & Galway, County Kerry, Belfast City, Blarney Castle & County Cork.

http://www.extremeireland.ie/Day-Tours/c5/ 
Extreme Ireland offer the following day tours from Dublin- Cliffs of Moher, Giant's Causeway, Whiskey and Castles Tour, Celtic Boyne Valley (Newgrange), Cork & Blarney Castle and Connemara.

http://www.glendaloughbus.com (only offers day trips to Glendalough)