Why Dublin

Easy to get to and easy to get around!

Conveniently located at the gateway to Europe, Ireland is easily accessible for UK, US and EMEA delegates. Dublin Airport serves over 180 routes, including daily flights to all major UK and European cities. Ferry services from Dublin and Rosslare ports also make it easy to bring in equipment and goods from the UK and beyond.

Dublin City

Dublin is a small and compact city, with a great transport infrastructure, making it easy to get around and meaning nothing is ever too far away! Offering an excellent road, rail and tram network, over 10,000 taxis (with very friendly drivers!), and a fantastic ‘dublinbikes’ scheme, your delegates will be spoilt for choice.

Dublin Convention Bureau is on hand to offer advice and support for your international conference. And, with over 20,000 competitively-priced bedrooms, offering a range of accommodation options to suit all budgets, and a host of inspirational venues for gala banquets, Dublin will truly impress!

A serious place to do business and a great place to relax

Dublin is more than just a great conference location. Combining a solid reputation for education and innovation, with great accessibility, it is no coincidence that Dublin is now the European headquarters of many of the world’s leading corporations, and a centre for academic research and innovation. As the home to many of the world’s top ICT, Financial and Pharmaceutical corporations, it is a serious place to do business.

Yet, Dublin has not forgotten its roots and is steeped in a rich cultural heritage that begs to be explored. All year round, the city is alive with music, art and theatre of all kinds and, of course, art galleries and museums abound. All complemented by an impressive range of restaurants, cafés and shops, where delegates are often surprised by the city’s competitiveness and value for money. 

There is also a great selection of wonderful outdoor dining experiences to explore throughout your conference right on The CCD’s doorstep.

With a range of government initiatives and incentives available to support your association or corporate conference bid, and one of Europe’s most esteemed conference venues at hand, Dublin is the ideal destination for any and all events. Contact us to book your next event at The CCD today.

Things you might not know about Dublin

  • The name Dublin comes from the Gaelic words “Dubh Linn”, which literally means black pool.
  • Dublin was ranked the world's 34th most attractive city to live in in Mercer’s 2015 Quality of Living global rankings. It was voted the best city in Ireland and the UK, ranking higher than London, Birmingham, Glasgow, Aberdeen, and Belfast.
  • In 2014, Ireland was ranked number 1 in the Good Country Index for contributing most to the common good of humanity.
  • Irish people are the 10th happiest people in the world, according the 2014 World Happiness Report published by the United Nations.
  • In 2013, The Wall Street Journal declared Ireland the most entrepreneurial country in Europe.
  • Dublin was named 20th most reputable city in the world by City RepTrak in 2013.
  • The 2013 World Tourism Index rated Ireland as one of the top 20 most competitive places to visit in the world, it also ranked 12th place for tourism infrastructure and safety.
  • O’Connell Bridge is Europe’s only bridge that is wider than it is long, standing 50m wide and 45m long.
  • St. Valentine, the patron saint of lovers, is buried in White Friars Street Church in Dublin.
  • The Lion, named Cairbe, who roars politely at the start of every MGM movie was born in Dublin zoo in 1927.
  • Dublin-born Cedric Gibbons is credited for designing the Oscars statue.
  • Irish Novelist Abraham Bram Stoker was born in Dublin in 1847 and is best known today for his 1897 Gothic novel Dracula.
  • There are twelve towns in the United States and six in Australia called Dublin.
  • Arthur Guinness signed a 9,000 year lease on the St. James’s Gate brewery in 1759.
  • Riverdance was first performed in Dublin during the interval of the Eurovision Song Contest on April 30, 1994.
  • Golden Globe and Academy award-winning film The Commitments, set in Dublin in 1991, was voted best Irish film of all time in a 2005 poll sponsored by Jameson Irish Whiskey.
  • The Messiah, composed by George Frideric Handel, and known as Handel’s Messiah, was first performed in Dublin’s Fishamble Street on April 13, 1742.
  • World famous Dubliners include actors Colin Farrell, Gabriel Byrne and Brendan Gleeson, U2’s Bono and singer Sinead O’Connor.
  • In 2008, Dubliner Glen Hansard won an Oscar for Best Song (‘Falling Slowly’), which featured in Once, a film set in Dublin.
  • In 2010, Dubliner Richard Baneham won an Oscar for visual effects on the blockbuster film Avatar.

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