The Island of Ireland is scenically beautiful rich in culture and heritage. Dublin, Ireland’s Capital city is vibrant and energetic. The city’s’ attractions include castles, museums, art galleries and pubs. 2016 is a very commemorative year for Ireland, celebrating the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising, the event that marked the country’s first step towards independence.
What Ireland Has To Offer
Information For Your Visit
- Tax Refunds
- Credit Cards
- Smoking Policy
- What to Pack
- Ireland enjoy’s relatively cool summers.
- Daily temperature in May is on average 14 C.
- Dublin enjoys reasonable sunshine in May with unpredictable rain showers.
- These rain showers generally don’t last long but it is recommended that you have an umbrella or light rain gear on hand.
- Dublin has a busy city centre shopping area around Grafton Street and Henry Street.
- There is a huge range of products to bring home from traditional Irish hand-made crafts to designer labels.
- Shopping hours in general are from 9.00 am – 6.00 pm Monday to Saturday with shops open until 8.00 pm on Thursdays and many shops open from 2.00 pm – 6.00 pm on Sunday.
- Dundrum Town Centre is a large shopping centre located in South Dublin.
- The LUAS Green Line serves Dundrum Town Centre from St. Stephens Green to Bride’s Glen. The Dundrum and Ballaly stops are only a short walk from the centre.
- The Conference Organising Committee or its agents will not be responsible for any medical expenses, loss or accidents incurred during the conference.
- Delegates are strongly advised to arrange their own personal insurance to cover medical and other expenses including accident or loss.
- Where a delegate has to cancel for medical reasons, the normal cancellation policy will apply.
- It is recommended that citizens from EU countries bring a current EHIC card with them.
- Value Added Tax (VAT) is charged at 23% on most goods.
- Cash back is the simplest and most widely used VAT refund service that issues cash refunds on departure for a handling fee.
- Ask for cash back from when you make your purchase.
- A small tip is appreciated for good service.
- Tipping is not usual in pubs and bars.
- Tip cabs 10% and porters 60c per bag.
- The currency in Ireland is the Euro.
- Visa, Mastercard/Eurocard are very widely accepted in Ireland.
- All hotels, petrol stations (gas stations), supermarkets, shops/stores, pharmacies, restaurants, transport operators, payphones, etc will accept them.
- Other cards: American Express (AmEx) is accepted, but not nearly as readily as in the United States or Canada.
- Diners Club, JCB, Discover etc are generally not accepted.
- It is not advisable to rely on these cards as a sole method of payment while in Ireland (or much of Europe).
- Irish Laser Cards, Maestro, Visa Debit and MasterCard debit are widely accepted.
- Other debit cards, not carrying the Maestro, Visa Debit or MasterCard logos are not accepted.
- Check with your card issuer that your card is acceptable abroad before you travel.
- Under Irish Law smoking is not permitted in pubs, restaurants, hotel lobbies and all enclosed public buildings.
- The electrical supply in Ireland is 230v 50hz.
- The plugs and sockets are different from the USA involving a three-pronged formation, the same as those used in the United Kingdom.
- If your appliances operate on a different current (such as those from North America) you will need a power converter and plug adapter.
- From March to October Ireland operates on GMT + 1hour.
- Business attire is recommended for the conference.
- Smart attire is recommended for the evening events.
- Include jeans and casual wear, comfortable shoes and rain wear are advised.