Practical Information

Dear participants,

We are looking forward to welcoming you at the Royal Irish Academy and to Dublin for the conference, Relationships and Responsibilities on 23 & 24 May.

Here are a few notes that may be helpful for your upcoming trip to Dublin, especially if you have not been to Dublin before.

The conference will be held at the Royal Irish Academy, 19 Dawson Street. Below you will find a variety of practical information, which we hope will make your journey more convenient and enjoyable.

Travel advice, collated from RIA website:

By DART – Pearse Station is a ten minute walk from the Academy. For further information see http://www.iarnrodeireann.ie/dart/home

By Bus to St Stephens Green or Nassau Street – Five minutes walk from the Academy. For further information see http://www.dublinbus.ie

By Luas to St Stephens – Five minutes walk from the Academy. For further information see http://www.luas.ie

The Aircoach service, which leaves every fifteen minutes from Dublin Airport, stops outside Trinity College on Grafton Street. This is a 5 minute walk from Academy House. The Aircoach service to Dublin Airport stops outside Thomas Pink Shirt Shop at the top of Dawson Street (St Stephen’s Green end). Allow an hour for your journey. For further information see http://www.aircoach.ie

Travel tickets options:

If you are staying longer, and planning to visit places in Dublin with entry fees, you might find it useful to buy a Dublin Pass, which includes free Aircoach travel to and from the Airport (but not transport while in Dublin) and entry to a range of museums and commercial attractions: http://www.dublinpass.com/. (Note, however, that with a few notable exceptions, entry to the leading museums and galleries is free.)

If you are planning to travel a lot around the city over 72 hours, you can also buy a specially discounted public transport LEAP card –  available ONLY in the Airport – for €19.50. It is NOT valid on the Aircoach, but does include the 747 airport bus which will bring you to and from the city centre.

Tourist information around Dublin and Ireland

For information about events in Dublin, here is the official Dublin Tourism site, and here the Ireland tourism site.

Here are some articles with suggestions from international travellers. (These are all fairly recent, but I cannot guarantee the continuing accuracy of all the information in these; it would be wise to check re any specific opening hours, etc.  Also it is generally a good idea to keep a close eye on your phones, bags, cameras, etc. wherever you go in and around Dublin.)

From the New York Times:  one person’s view on what to do if you have 36 hours in Dublin; another article suggesting recommended walks in the environs of Dublin – Dublin Bay and mountains – that you can reach by public transport.

More detailed guides from the Telegraph and USA Today.   Two alternative lists of best pubs. Here are a few suggestions, some edgier, from the Guardian newspaper on the ‘hidden’ Dublin.

Dublin is known for its theatres. The principal theatres are the Abbey and the Gate, and, for more contemporary theatre, the Project.

Here’s a page on where to find traditional Irish music around Dublin.

Dublin has a bike scheme, which operates mainly between the two canals that define the city centre.

And here are a few additional thoughts on things you may want to do if you have some time before or after the conference:  

Many visitors find Kilmainham Gaol particularly interesting for the light it casts on modern Irish history (though it is undergoing renovations to its exhibition space at the moment).

If you have time for a day trip out of Dublin, you might like to take a tour to the ancient sites of Newgrange and Knowth (best to take one of the many organised tours from Dublin to guarantee entry).

Apart from a few specific venues mostly noted in the articles above, Temple Bar is generally a tourist trap that you would do best to avoid.