INSURANCE

The Conference Organising Committee, or its agents, will not be responsible for any medical expenses, loss, damages or accidents during the Event. We would in particular draw your attention to the cancellation policy in respect of registration fees and accommodation. In the event that, for whatever reason, the Conference has to be cancelled or postponed, the Organising Committee, and/or its agents, will be responsible only for refund of monies received. We recommend that delegates insure themselves for medical and cancellation charges.

VISAS AND PASSPORTS

All nationalities visiting Ireland require valid passports. Visas are not currently required of EU nationals, EFTA nationals, or USA, Canadian or Australian nationals. Information on nationalities requiring a visa may be obtained from any Irish Embassy or Consulate or Irish Tourist Office and online HERE.

Please note that it can take 6 to 8 weeks to process a Visa Application and early application is recommended. Please also note that the Irish Organising Committee, or its agents, cannot accept any responsibility in connection with Visa Applications and the normal cancellation policy, for registration fees and hotel deposits, will apply in the event that a delegate is unable to attend the convention due to late submission of their visa application and/or rejection of same.

AUTOMATIC TELLER MACHINES (ATM)

Located at most banks, and are widespread throughout the country. They accept Visa, Mastercard, as well as PLUS and CIRRUS debit cards. Credit cards are widely accepted.

CLIMATE

Mild and temperate (showers can occur at any time of the year). Summer temperatures range from 15 to 25 degrees Celsius (60 to 75° F). Spring and autumn temperatures average around 10+ degrees Celsius (50+° F). Winter is 0 to 10° Celsius (30 to 50° F). Rainwear is recommended.

CURRENCY

The euro (€)

BANKS

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday open 10am to 4pm. Thursday from 10am to 5pm in Dublin (and some other regions). Small towns and rural areas – banks may close for lunch from 12.30pm to 1.30pm.

ELECTRIC CURRENT

220 volts

SHOPPING HOURS

Monday to Saturday – 9am to 6pm. Thursday in Dublin – late night shopping to 8pm/9pm. Thursday and Friday – late night shopping in most malls. Sunday – many shops open 12.00pm to 6pm. Duty-free shopping is available at all the international airports. Kilkenny has a wide range of shops with every taste and style catered for.

 

KILKENNY

Kilkenny is a vibrant city in the South East of Ireland, renowned for its culture, cuisine and medieval castle. The cobbled streets of the city are dotted with trendy bars, designer shops and craft boutiques all overlooked by the majestic towers of Kilkenny’s 12th century castle on the banks of the river Nore. The newly opened Medieval Mile Museum is a cultural centre boasting 800 years of history housed under the roof of 13th Century St. Mary’s Church.

Artists and artisans flourish in Kilkenny and it is home to the National Craft Gallery, housed in the heart of the city in the old stable yard of Kilkenny Castle. Those looking for adventure can follow well signposted cycling trails and scenic loop walks. The Made in Kilkenny craft trail and Taste of Kilkenny food trail are also extremely popular Kilkenny attractions.

DUBLIN

Dublin, the capital of the Republic of Ireland, is the venue for a variety of international conferences. Dublin is renowned worldwide as a city of writers and literature, home to Joyce, Shaw and many others. As one of the oldest cities in Europe, Dublin’s origins are steeped in Viking history and archaeology. Today it is a city of fine Georgian buildings, excellent stores & shops, pubs & restaurants, museums & antique shops, all combining to make it one of Europe’s most entertaining cities.

IRELAND

Ireland is a constitutional democracy and a member of the European Union. Dublin is the capital city of Ireland with a population of more than one million. Approximately four million people live in the Republic of Ireland.

For general information and assistance in planning a visit or a holiday to Ireland the www.discoverireland.ie website provides excellent assistance.