Dublin City University is proud to be the location of the ESERA 2017 Conference, welcoming delegates from around the globe to enjoy its “Céad Míle Fáilte”— a hundred thousand welcomes.Recently placed the top Irish Institution in the Young Universities League Table, Dublin City University (DCU) is a young, dynamic and ambitious university with a distinctive mission to transform lives and societies through education, research and innovation. For a map of the Glasnevin university campus, please click here.
VISAS AND PASSPORTS
Passports – UK citizens do not require a passport or visa to enter Ireland, but most carriers by air or sea require some form of identification with photograph (usually either a passport or drivers licence with photograph). Visitors are advised to check what form of ID is required with the individual airline, tour operator or travel agent before travelling. Visitors from all other countries, including European Union countries, must present their passport to enter Ireland.
Visas – Vistors for many countries also require a visa to enter Ireland. It is essential to check with your travel operator whether your originating country requires a visa. Please discuss this with your travel operator and review the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Ireland website for full information.
If you require a visa you may request a letter of booking confirmation from the conference desk once payment is completed in full for registration. No letter will be issued prior to full registration being completed. It is advisable that you book and pay for accommodation for the duration of your stay at the same time as your registration as confirmation of your accommodation should also be included with your visa application.
Note that visa applications can take 8+ weeks for Ireland – please ensure that you apply in time to attend the conference.
You can apply for a visa using the online AVATS process.
Before beginning the online process you should have the following information to hand:
1. Passport and details of any previous passports – number, date of issue/expiry
2. Details of any previous Irish visa applications
3. Contact details for your host in Ireland
Following submission of your online visa application using AVATS, please note that you will also be required to submit a signed summary of your application form, original passport, passport-sized colour photograph, the relevant fee and all supporting documents, to the relevant Irish Embassy/Consulate/Visa Office per your application procedures. Further information is available here.
Please note that a Schengen visa or UK D visa is not valid for travel to Ireland.
All conference attendees are advised to arrange private travel insurance. The conference organisers and committee accept no liability for personal accidents or damage to property while in attendance at the conference. The Organising Committee and the ESERA reserves the right to amend and alter the conference programme and events without prior notice and accepts no liability as a result of such actions.
Delegates should ensure when booking flights to Ireland that they book to arrive in Dublin Airport.
For information about Dublin airport please click here
Dublin Airport Information – Tel + 353 (0) 1 814 1111.
For flight information at Dublin Airport click here
For air carriers travelling into Dublin Airport click here
To the DCU – Conference Venue and Throughout the City & Country
The conference venue, The Helix, DCU is located on the Dublin City University, Glasnevin campus.
For details on how to travel to DCU Glasnevin, please click here
For a map of the Glasnevin Campus, please click here.
Aircoach operates a service from Dublin Airport to Dublin City Centre.
Further details available click here
Bus – Dublin Bus offers a variance of routes throughout the city.
The Airlink 747 bus links the Airport to Dublin City Centre. Tickets are €10 return- click here to learn more
Bicycles – Dublin is one of many European cities that offer a bike sharing scheme for its many visitors and residents. You will see Dublin bikes parked throughout the capital. These are a fun way to explore Dublin.
For further information click here
Taxi – There are a large number of taxi services available in the city centre. Taxis from the airport to DCU are readily available outside the arrivals hall. Ensure to only travel in a registered taxi- they will have their taxi license displayed on the dashboard. There are official Taxi ranks in most main tourism areas. A taxi to DCU should cost approximately €15 – €20. A taxi to Dublin City Centre should cost approximately €25.
Leap Visitor Card
The Leap Visitor Card is the most convenient public transport ticket available for delegates and visitors to Dublin. Get unlimited travel over your selected time period and go anywhere you want in the city and suburbs of Dublin, on any public transport you choose. You can even travel to and from the Airport at the start and end of your trip without any additional charge.
The Leap Visitor Card is available to buy online and from agents in Dublin.
Pick up your card when you arrive in Dublin from a number of different agents in Dublin:
- Bus & Travel Information Desk (T1 Arrivals)
- Spar (T2 Arrivals)
Dublin City Centre
- Dublin Bus, 59 Upper O’Connell St.
- Discover Ireland Centre, 14 Upper O’Connell St.
- Visit Dublin Centre, 25 Suffolk St.
So whether you are coming by airplane, road or rail you can get your Leap Visitor Card in advance of your trip or once you arrive and start exploring the city. Once you have a Leap Visitor Card, you can top-up with additional time periods (1, 3 or 7 days) for the prices shown above at any Leap Card Payzone outlet in Dublin (up to a maximum of 5 times). There are over 650 Leap outlets around the country so topping up is easy.
Your Leap Visitor Card allows you unlimited travel after first use for the period you have selected on most transport services in Dublin:
- Airlink 747 & 757 airport bus services
- All Dublin Bus scheduled services (not valid on tours)
- All Luas (tram) services
- DART and Commuter Rail in the Short Hop Zone (all of Dublin city and county)
Banks & Currency
The Euro (€) is the currency in use in Ireland.
Visa and Master Card are all widely accepted in pubs, shops and restaurants throughout the country.
Payday loans are available both in local stores as well as online. You can find out more about online loan application process here. Please be responsible when it comes to borrowing cash online. Traveller’s cheques can be cashed at most hotels and banks.
Bank Opening Hours – Mon, Tues & Fri 10.00-16.00; Wed 10.30-16.00; Thurs 10.00-17.00
August weather can be warm and pleasant but showers can occur. Average Temperatures range from 16 – 19 °C.
Electric Current: 240 Volts AV
Plug type: 3 large flat prong British type plug. BS1363 system.
General opening hours are Monday-Saturday from 09.00-18.00 with later opening hours on Thursday evenings. Most major stores/shops open on Sunday – some with reduced opening times from 10.30 to 18.00.
Ireland has introduced a ban on smoking. Smoking is prohibited in public areas within Ireland including all bars, nightclubs and restaurants. If required you should enquire whether your accommodation bedroom is a smoking or non-smoking room. Please use the smoking areas designated outside venues.
Tipping is a generally accepted practice in restaurants, bars, taxis and hotel porters. A service charge may be included in some restaurants and should be stated on the menu, but otherwise this is a discretionary item, normally at least 10%.
Telecommunications/ Cell Phones
For international delegates, 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. Networks widely available are 3, Vodafone and Meteor.