Abbey Conference, the professional conference organizer for ICPAN 2013, is here to help with all of your needs associated with a visit to the vibrant city of Dublin. Abbey have worked closely with all hotels for 30 years. Because Abbey is the largest tour operator in Ireland, we have sourced hotels which we feel will cater best to your accommodation needs whilst in Dublin.
Abbey has arranged discount Citywest Hotel room rates be offered exclusively to ICPAN 2013 delegates. The beautiful Citywest Hotel, Ireland’s largest conference, leisure and golf resort, also boasts ease of car parking and Internet access. If you prefer to stay in the centre of Dublin, or perhaps at a more economical hotel nearer to the Conference Venue, we have noted an additional suggestion on the Accommodation page. Whether you are looking for an elegant hotel offering a host of facilities including golf courses, spa treatments and leisure centre, a luxurious 5 Star hotel, or a great city centre location, Abbey is here to help find the perfect base for your Dublin trip at a special ICPAN delegate rate.
The Euro is the currency in the Republic of Ireland.
Foreign exchange bureaus are available in most banks, post offices, Tourist Information Offices, airports, some shops and accommodation. Bureau de Change kiosks are also situated in many towns and most cities. If in doubt, secure enough local currency before traveling out of urban areas.
Hotels and restaurants often add 10-15% to the bill, especially for large parties. This is not mandatory in the Republic of Ireland but is normal and, of course, tipping is always appreciated. Tipping in pubs is unusual except for table service.
|There are no exchange controls in Ireland. Any sums of money in any currency can be freely brought into or taken out of the country without disclosure or other formalities.|
|The main languages are English and Irish and most signposts in the Republic are bilingual. English is spoken by everyone while Irish is generally confined to pockets of the south-west, west and north-western coastal areas, but it can sometimes be heard anywhere.|
|Pre – Travel Checks|
|Tickets, cash, passport and toothbrush!|
|Using Public Phones|
In the Republic of Ireland, operator assistance can be obtained from the following numbers:
|Maps are generally available in newsagents and petrol station shops, booksellers and Tourist Information Offices. The maps are produced by the Ordnance Survey of Ireland and the Ordnance Survey of Northern Ireland, many being jointly produced. There is a regional "Discovery Series" of about 40 maps which have good coverage of the west and south-east and cost about €5. Various road maps are available from about €4 upwards. The Ordnance Survey also has an excellent map of Dublin and road-map of the island with a hard-wearing cover at a cost of about €8.|
|Generally, in the Republic of Ireland the banking hours of business are Monday to Friday from 10.00 to 16.00 hours (10:30 to 16:30 on Wednesdays). In Northern Ireland, banks in main towns are open from 9.30am to 4.30pm on Monday-Friday. Elsewhere, some may close from 12.30-1.30pm. In small villages, the bank may not open every day, so get cash in bigger centres. Building society banks are open longer (and, often, on Saturday).|
|Winter / Summer Times|
|From the last week of March to the last week of October Ireland is on GMT. From the last week of October to the last week of March Ireland is on GMT + 1 hour.|
|Restrictions and quarantines apply to the import of pets from all countries other than the UK. Check the Dept of Agriculture's information sheet for more.
|Under current legislation, smoking has been banned in all public areas and work places, including restaurants and bars. Smoking is still permitted in hotel bedrooms which are designated as smoking bedrooms by the hotel. Smoking in bedrooms in guest houses and bed and breakfast accommodation is at the discretion of the owner. There are substantial penalties in place for those found to be in breach of these regulations.|