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Workshop on the preparation of the fourth national communications by Parties included in Annex I to the Convention
30 September - 1 October 2004
Dublin, Ireland

Information for Participants

 
Workshop Venue:

The venue for the workshop is the Irish Management Institute located in Sandyford, Dublin 16, a southern suburb of Dublin City located in the foothills of the Dublin Mountains approximately 6 miles from the City Centre.

The website for the venue is http://www.imi.ie/directions.shtml

A map of the immediate locality, including the location of the venue, can be accessed at (PDF) http://www.imi.ie/artman/uploads/map_to_imi_2004.pdf.

If you are interested in learning more about Sandyford and the surrounding areas in South County Dublin a useful website is http://www.dlrtourism.com.

  Travelling to the Venue:

Dublin Airport is located north of the city, approximately 7 miles from the City Centre and 15 miles from the venue.

Depending on whether participants choose to stay in the City Centre or close to the venue, there are a number of travel options available.

If participants wish to travel directly from the airport to the venue, the following are probably the best options. Aircoach is a privately operated service operating on a 24-hour basis and can take participants from the airport directly to Sandyford. The website address for the route is http://www.aircoach.ie/table.routes.leopardstown.php. The service costs €7, or €12 for a return trip. Alternatively, if participants wish to hire a taxi direct to the venue the cost would be approximately €30, depending on the time and numbers travelling.

If participants choose to stay in the City Centre, there are numerous travel options to the City Centre from the Airport and participants will be able to travel to the venue from the city by bus or light rail on each day of the workshop.

Useful travel websites are:

http://www.dublinbus.ie/home/ (Dublin's bus service)
http://www.luas.ie/ (Dublin's Light Rail System)
http://www.irishrail.ie/home/ (Irish Rail services)
http://www.dub.aero/ (Website of Dublin Airport)
http://www.aircoach.ie/

  Hotel Accommodation:

We kindly ask all participants to make their own hotel bookings, using the information for hotels and their rates below:

The Irish Government has made a block booking for the workshop participants for about 20 rooms at the workshop venue itself.
The contact details are:

Irish Management Institute IMI
Sandyford Road
Dublin 16
Ph: +353 1 207 5900
Fax: +353 1 207 5962
Email: reservations@imires.ie

The Irish Government has also made the necessary arrangements for preferential rates for the workshop participants at the following hotels:

Bewley's Hotel, Central Park, Leopardstown, Co. Dublin
Ph: +353 1 2950122
Price: €79 per night room only
Quote: Booking Number 20620

Radisson SAS St. Helen's Hotel, Stillorgan Road, Dublin 4.
Ph: +353 1 2186000
Price: €145 bed & breakfast
Quote: UN Conference

Jury's Montrose, Stillorgan Road, Dublin 4.
Ph: +353 1 2693311
Price: €99 bed & breakfast
Quote: UN Conference

We would recommend to the participants who do not get accommodation at IMI to make their booking at Bewley's Hotel. The hotel is close to the workshop venue and is very reasonably priced. Also, if enough participants are staying there IMI may provide a shuttle to drop participants to the venue and back. In addition, the Aircoach service to and from Dublin Airport stops directly outside Bewley's Hotel.

  Other details:

Coffee/tea/water are provided free for all participants.

Lunch will be served at the venue on both days for all participants.

The Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government will also host a buffet reception on the first night of the workshop at the venue.