Congress Social Events & Excursion
During the congress we will have the following events as part of the main congress programme:
CONGRESS OPENING CEREMONY & WELCOME RECEPTION
Date:Sunday, 21st August
Time: 17:00 – 20:00
Fee: No additional charge
Delegates will enjoy the official Congress opening ceremony and flag parade, followed by
refreshments served in the exhibition area.
All delegates were asked to confirm their attendance at this event during the online registration process.
CONGRESS GALA DINNER
Date: Wednesday, 24th August
Time: 20:00 to Late
Fee: €75 per person
Venue: Citywest Hotel
Take the opportunity to network with your new colleagues from the Congress. Enjoy the
entertainment delights that your Irish hosts provide. The ticket includes a seated dinner, drinks and entertainment.
A coach shuttle service will collect delegates from 7:30pm and transfer to Citywest Hotel.
This service is for participants not accommodated at the Citywest Hotel, who have booked the
official Congress hotels through the registration desk.
As a Congress delegate, you have an opportunity to select your Congress Excursion at the time of registration online.
Depending on the number of bookings, we will arrange tours accordingly. Should your selected tour not confirm, due to low numbers, we will advise you of alternate options to choose from. Some tours have limited spaces – book early to avoid disappointment!
Date: Wednesday, 24th August
Time: 1300 - 1830 * Provisional Time
Ticket Price: No additional charge for registered delegates
You will have an opportunity to choose one from the below during the registration process.
Should you not have booked a tour while registering online, we can not guarantee any availability when you arrive to Ireland nor the facility to provide a tour ticket.
- Glendalough Monastic Site and the Dublin Mountains
This tour will visit Glendalough valley, nestled in the Wicklow Mountains. The world famous ecclesiastical ‘city’ has a range of monastic remains, including a Round Tower, St Kevin’s Church, St Mary’s Church and stone crosses. Glendalough is set in magnificent scenery, with two lakes surrounded by mountains.
- Powerscourt House & Gardens and the Dublin Mountains
Delegates will be taken to county Wicklow to visit the beautiful grounds of Powerscourt House, developed over the past 250 years. Powerscourt is one of Ireland’s most famous houses and gardens. The gardens at Powerscourt were laid out over two main periods. Many of the people involved in their creation and development never saw the gardens completed in their lifetime.When the house was rebuilt in the decade after 1731, the surrounding grounds were also remodelled. The design reflected the desire to create a garden which was part of the wider landscape. To the north formal tree plantations framed the vista from the house, while a walled garden, fish pond, cascades, grottos and terraces lay to the south. Walks wound through the wooded grounds and a fine tree lined avenue was created. When you arrive at the tree lined avenue today, hundreds of beech trees will guide your visit.
- Dublin Coach Tour with Guinness Storehouse
Delegates will be brought through the city centre, where our experienced tour guides will point out some of Dublin’s famous sights and historical locations. This we envisage will be quite a popular tour as guests will also have an opportunity to partake in the Guinness Storehouse tour. This iconic piece of Ireland, you will have a chance to learn the history, visit the brewery and once you complete the tour- visit the Gravity bar where you can sample the product while taking in a 360® view of the city.
- Dublin Coach Tour with Trinity College & the Book of Kells
Delegates will be brought through the city centre, where our experienced tour guides will point out some of Dublin’s famous sights and historical locations. Guests will also stop off at Trinity College and visit the historical Book of Kells. Located in the heart of Dublin City, a walk through the cobbled stones of Trinity College Dublin will bring visitors back to the 18th century, when the magnificent Old Library building was constructed. Inside is housed the Book of Kells – a 9th-century gospel manuscript famous throughout the world.
- Coastal Tour of Malahide Castle & Gardens
Delegates will be brought along the North shore of Dublin, where a view of Howth Head, Bull Island Bird Sanctuary and other sights can be seen. Stopping in the picturesque village of Malahide, guests will have time to explore the village before they visit Malahide Castle and Gardens.Malahide Castle and Gardens is one of the oldest castles in Ireland. The estate is set on 260 acres. This magnificent & historic 12th century castle has been home to the Talbot family for over 800 years. Attendees will tour the castle and can walk through the gardens.
- National Stud and Japanese Gardens
Guests will be brought through the horse breeding history of the stud. You will see mares , foals and stallions while guided through the working stud farm. You then have the option to take a self guided tour through the gardens.The Gardens created between 1906 and 1910 by Japanese master horticulturist Tassa Eida and his son Minoru. Eida’s work traces the journey of a soul from oblivion to eternity and portrays the human experience of its embodiment as it journeys by paths of its own choice through life. Birth, childhood, marriage, parenthood, old age, death and the afterlife are all brought to mind as the gardens, a seamless mixture of Eastern and Western cultures, are explored.