Why book a meeting or event in Dublin?
Welcome to Dublin, Europe’s friendliest city. Known for the warming sound of traditional Irish folk music, freshly poured pints of Guinness and being the perfect spot to gaze out across vast green hills. Ireland is renowned for being a popular tourist destination and due to its mass development in the tech sector, is now also a location for business travellers to flock to. Dublin is home to some of the biggest game changers in modern day technology, including the social media giants Facebook, Twitter and even Google. Meetings and corporate events based in Dublin are in abundance, and with the easy transportation links from the UK, Europe and the rest of the world, there's no better time to visit a city with such booming financial prospects and a welcoming atmosphere.
Getting to and from Dublin
Dublin continues to be an easily accessible location for meetings and events due to the many airlines offering affordable routes to Dublin. The airport is a mere 10km from the city and offers various bus services from both of its terminals, including Aircoach and Dublin Bus. For those who prefer not to use public transport, metered taxis are readily available.
An alternative option for travelling to and from Ireland is on one of the daily ferries from both UK and mainland Europe. Dublin Port is centrally located, just 2 miles away from the city centre, whereas Dun Laoghaire is slightly further south, approximately 30 minutes from the city centre.
Culture and atmosphere of the city
The atmosphere of Dublin is undoubtedly among the best that Europe has to offer. Warm and friendly Dubliners will very quickly become some of the best people you have ever met, and the combination of historic and contemporary culture across the city makes for an entertaining day of exploring.
The city can be broken down into four distinct districts. The Cultural Quarter in Temple Bar is home to a plethora of restaurants, music venues and boutiques. The quaint, cobbled streets and regular popup markets and street performers create a vibrant setting for everyone to fall in love with. The Georgian Quarter is regularly praised for its well-preserved Georgian architecture, including tall red brick townhouses and the highly impressive Irish House of Parliament. Dining at some of Dublin’s finest restaurants in this magnificent area is a real treat.
The Tech Quarter, Silicon Docks, can be found in the Grand Canal area. This is the hub of technological genius and is a great spot to soak up the atmosphere and feel inspired. Be sure to visit the rooftop bar at The Marker Hotel to enjoy a sumptuous martini whilst looking out on the impressive views of the city. And last but not least, the Dame District links these quarters and is a great destination not only in the day, but also at night, when it comes to life with the buzz of clubbers and bar-hoppers.
Just outside the city centre are various wonderful fishing villages - Howth Market is a great choice for Irish crafts and delicious street food, as well as enjoying fresh local fish and chips by the sea.
Choosing Dublin and Ireland for business
For two years in a row, Ireland has been home to Europe’s fastest growing economy, consisting of a number of the world’s leading companies: Citibank, Lufthansa and Accenture, to name a few. Dublin is one of the most exciting, energetic startup capitals and has developed into a global services hub. Ireland boasts one of the youngest and most highly educated workforces in Europe, brimming with young professionals ready to drive your business forward.
Choosing a unique and unusual venue in Ireland
Aviva Stadium is the world’s oldest international sports stadium and regularly hosts rugby and football matches, as well as world-class artists including Billy Joel, Rihanna and Madonna. The electric atmosphere of these events resonates within these walls, making it the perfect choice for a meeting or event with the wow factor. The venue caters for all types of event across its five levels, so whether you’re planning an awards ceremony or a new product launch, you’re in safe hands. Large conferences of around 800 people work perfectly in the President's Suite whilst the charming Media Suite is ideal for smaller events. Each event space boasts terrific views over the grounds and stadium tours are available for you and your delegates to enjoy.
Thinking of visiting Dublin or hosting an event here?
You might find the following resources useful in planning:
Visit Dublin: www.visitdublin.com
Dublin Trip Advisor: www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Dublin
Dublin news, information, events: www.dublin.ie