Highlights of Dublin



On  behalf   of   the   Association   of   Embryo Technology  in  Europe,  the  local  organizing committee, chaired by  Pat  Lonergan,  is pleased  to  invite  you  to  the  36th  annual scientific  meeting  in  Ireland’s  capital  city  of Dublin,  from  the  10th  to  11th  of September 2020!


Match Day at the iconic Croke Park, home to the Gaelic Athletic Association

Located just north of Dublin city centre, only 15 minutes  from  Dublin  Airport,  the  venue, Croke Park, is the home of Ireland's largest sporting  and cultural organisation, the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) which is celebrated as one of the great   amateur   sporting associations in the world. The GAA is part of the   Irish   

consciousness   and plays an influential role in Irish society that extends far beyond the basic  aim  of promoting Gaelic games. With a capacity of 82,300, Croke Park is Europe’s third largest stadium after the Nou Camp in Barcelona and Wembley in London. It has played host to iconic moments in Irish sport & history  and  to  major  cultural  and international  events,   not   to   mention international  conferences.


Conference facilities high up in the stadium.


Every September, the GAA’s two annual marquee events - the GAA All-Ireland Football and Hurling  Championship Finals – attract a capacity 82,300 fans, to witness the pinnacle of Gaelic games action in this world-renowned cathedral of sport. Note that this is a slight deviation next year from the traditional Friday/Saturday dates, which was necessary to secure the location, but we hope that it will give attendees an extra day to perhaps catch a game at this iconic venue and enjoy what Dublin has to offer


Hurling,   one   of   the   fastest   (and   perhaps      most dangerous?) sports in the world

There is lots to see and do in Dublin. Don’t be alarmed if someone asks if there is ‘any craic?’ Craic (fun) is something that comes naturally to Irish people in general. Walk in to practically any one of the hundreds of great bars in the city and you’ll have a great night out. Just some of the things to see are listed below. And of course remember that Dublin is the gateway to exploring the rest of  Ireland – only a few hours by car from Galway in the West, Cork in the South and Belfast in the North.


Trinity College Dublin is right in the centre of the city. One of the most famous universities in the world, take a stroll through this ancient seat of  learning.  Located  in  Trinity  College, the Book of Kells Exhibition is a must-see on the itinerary of all visitors to Dublin. The Book of Kells,  a  9th century manuscript that documents the four Gospels  of  the  life  of Jesus  Christ, is  one  of  Ireland’s  greatest cultural treasure and the world’s most famous medieval manuscript.   The exhibition also features access to the Long Room, one of the world’s most beautiful libraries, that houses 250,000 of the college’s oldest books.


Trinity College Dublin

Dublin’s General  Post  Office  or  GPO,  is  a significant  building  on  Dublin’s  main  street, O’Connell Street, because of its role in Irish history. In 1916, during the so-called Easter Rising, launched by Irish republicans to end British rule in Ireland and establish  an independent Irish Republic, the GPO was the headquarters of the uprising’s leaders.


You  may  want  to  swing  through  some  of Dublin’s  oldest  pubs,  like  the Brazen  Head (dating   to 1198!), which counted writer Jonathan Swift among its customers. The Stag’s Head  was established in the late 18th century;   James   Joyce   was   one   of  the notables who stopped by.


Its hard to visit Ireland without  coming  in contact, at least once, with a pint of Guinness. The Guinness Storehouse is now the most popular attraction in Ireland in visitor numbers (the Cliffs of Moher on the west coast being second).  Not  only  will  you  learn  about  how Guinness was originally discovered and how it has developed over the last 250 years, you’ll also get to pour your very own pint and then sample it. If beer is not your thing, fear not, the Jameson Distillery is located just across the river Liffey from the Guinness factory. This is where Ireland’s most famous whiskey was distilled since 1870 but today it is a museum and  visitor’s  centre  which features  guided tours, whiskey tasting, bars, restaurant and a gift  shop.


Dublin  has  dozens  of  other  general   and specialist  tours  for  you  to  take.  From  the Viking Splash Tour to Literary Pub Crawl  to personalised walking tour podcasts.



Temple Bar on the banks of the Liffey is a hive of activity with many pubs and restaurants to suit 

all tastes.

Other things worth visiting if time  permits include:

-      Dublin Castle,  originally built to help defend the Norman city of Dublin, the castle    was 

    the  seat  of  the   UK government’s administration in Ireland until   1922.   Today   it   has 

 been completely  restored  and  is  a  major Irish    government    complex    where many official and       important government events are held.


-      St.  Patrick’s  Cathedral,  dating  back to   1191,   is   the   tallest   and   largest 

church  in Ireland and one of the   few buildings left from medieval Dublin.


- Temple Bar, with it’s narrow cobbled streets full  of  art  spaces,  restaurants and  really  good bars  like  the  Palace Bar,  the  Temple  Bar  Pub,  Oliver  St. John   Gogarty’s and The Auld Dubliner.


-      Kilmainham Gaol, opened from 1796 to  1924  and  now  one  of  the  biggest unoccupied gaols in Europe.

- St. Stephen’s Green, a focal point for hundreds of years, it was only formally laid out (in the current design) by in the 1870s.


-      The   Phoenix   Park is   the   largest walled  city  park  in  Europe  and  is  a treasure  trove  of parkland, woods, walks, lakes and home a large herd of wild Fallow deer and  to  Dublin Zoo, founded in 1831.


The Ha’penny Bridge, built in May 1816, is a pedestrian bridge across the Liffey river that splits Dublin into north and south. It was originally tolled, costing a half penny to use it.