The emerald land of saints and scholars (and Guinness)

As well as, of course, great countryside, good food, music, literature and a great welcome wherever you may go. The big advantage for us is that Ed our founder is originally from Dublin. Over the past decades, Dublin has become a large, international metropolis home to some one million people. There are now some fabulous conference and meeting spaces, and accommodation is now on a par wth any major world city. Yet, within a mere half an hour, you can travel from the famous city centre of O’Connell Street (the widest mains street thoroughfare in Europe) and be in the unspoilt, rollng green countryside. After some years in the doldrums as a result of its economic rescue, the Irish economy is back on track and the Celtic Tiger is back in business. Dublin, which has always been a magnet for both tourists and business, has seen numbers once again show a year-on-year increase. Over the past few decades, meeting and conference facilities have boomed, and Dublin continues to be one of the busiest routes served by London’s Heathrow after New York and Dubai. And Dublin Airport (just 10km from the city centre) is headquarters to RyanAir, so famous for its often “unique” take on customer service that has made its Chief Executive a billionaire. Most of the major hotel chains, as well as local Irish independents, offer excellent facilities for the business user, including several hotels that can accommodate all-inclusive very large groups. Combined with its proximity to the UK, English as the main language and the fact they drive on the same side of the road as the UK, makes it a very convenient and easy-to- reach destination. It is even possibly to coach door-to-door from the UK via ferry across the Irish Sea. There is much to see and plenty to do outside of conference. Irish hospitality is legendry, and the city is synonymous with literature, Trinity College Dublin, the “craic” in the pubs, Georgian architecture, the River Liffey, good food, and of course, the Guinness brewery. There is also some great shopping, and the pedestrianised shopping area in and around the city centre’s Grafton and Jervis Streets (south side) and Henry Street (north side, with a visit to the famous General Post Office on O’Connell Street) is a must-do.
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