Climate – Ireland enjoys relatively cool summers. The average daily temperature in September is 14 °C. Dublin enjoys reasonable sunshine in September with unpredictable rain showers. These rain showers generally don’t last long, but we recommend that you have an umbrella or light rain gear to hand.
Shopping – 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 international designer labels. Shopping hours in general are from 9.00 am to 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 in South Dublin. The LUAS Green (tram) Line serves Dundrum Town Centre from St Stephens Green to Brides Glen. The Dundrum and Balally stops are only a few minutes walk from the centre.
Insurance – The Conference Organising Committee or its agents will not be responsible for any medical expenses incurred or any loss or accident that occur during the conference. We advise you to arrange your own personal insurance to cover medical and other expenses including accident or loss. If you have to cancel your attendance for medical reasons, the normal cancellation policy will apply. If you are an EU citizen, please bring a current EHIC card with you.
Tax Refunds – 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 form when you buy something.
Tipping – A small tip is appreciated for good service. Tipping is not usual in pubs and bars. Tip cabs 10% and porters 60c a bag.
Currency – The currency in Ireland is the Euro.
Credit Cards – Major credit cards are widely accepted.
Smoking Policy – Under Irish law, smoking is not permitted in pubs, restaurants, hotel lobbies and all enclosed public buildings.
Electricity – 220 volts.
Time – From March to October, Ireland operates on Greenwich Mean Time + 1 hour.
What to Pack – Include jeans and casual wear. Bring rainwear and comfortable shoes.