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Getting to UCD from City Centre and Congress Hotels

 

Dublin Bus numbers 2, 3, 11, 17, 39A, 45, 46A, 47,84 and 145 all provide services to the UCDBelfield campus where the Congress is taking place.

The 39A terminates within the Belfield campus, and can be boarded from in the City Centre from College Street. The numbers 2, 3, 11 and 46A can be boarded at O'Connell Street. For timetable information please visit the Dublin Bus website and search for "University College Dublin"
For those staying at the Radisson St. Helens, the Stillorgan Park Hotel and the Burlington, the bus number 46a and the 145 stop by these hotels and will take you all the way to UCD.

HotelsRadisson Blu St HelensStillorgan Park HotelBurlington HotelBallsbridge HotelBewley’s Ballsbridge Hotel
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145
46A
145
46A
145
47
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45

 

Getting to and from the Airport


Aircoach - www.aircoach.ie operates a bus service from Dublin Airport to Leopardstown / Sandyford / Stillorgan which passes UCD.There is also an aircoach service direct to the city centre.
 

Climate and Weather

Dublin’s climate is mild and in summer between 16-20 degrees Celsius (60-67 degrees Fahrenheit). July is normally quite pleasant but you are advised to bring your umbrella

 

Language

English is the spoken language throughout Ireland. Irish (or Gaelic) is the original native language of Ireland and enjoys constitutional status as the National and 1st official language of the Republic of Ireland and it is an official language of the EU. Place names and signage are usually in both languages.


Currency and Credit Cards

The Republic of Ireland's official currency is the Euro, the common European currency, while the currency of Northern Ireland is the UK pound Sterling (GBP). However, most large stores in the North accept Euro as well.
Major Credit Cards - particularly Visa, MasterCard, and American Express - are widely accepted throughout Ireland. Visitors using other credit cards should ask in advance if it will be accepted.


Time Zone

Ireland is on Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and, in accordance with daylight saving, clocks are put forward one hour mid-March and back one hour at the end of October.


During summer it stays light until as late as 11pm but by mid-December it can be dark by 4pm.


Insurance

Delegates are advised to arrange travel insurance before leaving their home country.


Business Hours

•Banks open from 10:00-16:00 from Monday to Friday with the exception of Thursdays where most banks stay open until 17:00.
•Post Offices are generally open from 09:30 to 18:00, Mon - Fri and from 09:30 to 13:00 on Saturday.
•Bars open from 10.30am to 23.30 between Monday and Thursday. On Friday and Saturday evenings, last orders are at 00:30, with some bars opening until 2.30-3am. On Sundays, closing time is 23:30. The majority of nightclubs serve alcohol until 01:30, and close at 02.30. There are some exceptions to this, mainly in Dublin city.


Shopping

Opening hours are normally from 09:00 to 18:00 Monday to Saturday with late night shopping on a Thursday evening until 21:00. Most shops are open on Sundays from 12:00 – 18:00.
There are a number of local convenience stores that open from 8-11, some even later.

 

Telecommunications

Only digital phones with GSM subscriptions and a roaming agreement will work on the island of Ireland. Visitors should consult with their supplier before departure.
Voltage, Sockets and Plugs
220 volts, sockets and three-pin square, are conforming to Irish and British standard. An adapter may be required for electrical devices. Most hotels will have them.

 

Tipping

Tipping is accepted in Ireland, and is normally at the discretion of the visitor. The most likely places that one may tip are in hairdressers, taxis, restaurants and in Irish hotels. 10-15% is suggested.
 

Emergency Phone Numbers

The emergency phone numbers in Ireland are 999 or 112.

 

Smoking Ban

The Republic of Ireland has introduced a blanket ban on smoking in all places of work to protect public health and reduce the incidences of smoking-related illness. Smoking is prohibited in public areas within the Republic of Ireland – this includes all bars, nightclubs and restaurants. Although hotel bedrooms may be exempt from the ban, it is applied to all other areas within hotels.

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