Social Programme

The registration fee includes participation in a welcome reception and the conference banquet.


Welcome Reception - Monday 8th September (18:30 - 22:00)

At the end of the first day there will be a canapés and drinks reception held inside the Dining Hall in the front square of TCD. This historic building was constructed in the late 18th century and restored after fire damage in 1984. Today it hosts the lunchtime student buffet and the traditional daily Commons, an evening meal for College's Fellows and Scholars.

The reception will include 
live Irish music performed using traditional instruments, a welcoming address and complementary Irish whiskey tasting from a local distillery.


Conference Banquet - Wednesday 10th September (19:00 - late)

The conference banquet will take place in the Round Room of Dublin's historic Mansion House. Since 1715, the Mansion House has served as the official residence of the Lord Mayor of Dublin. In the Round Room itself, the first First Dáil Eireann assembled to sign Ireland's declaration of independence in 1919. Today it serves as one of Dublin's premier conference and events venues.

The Round Room is found on Dawson St, just South of TCD (see map below). On exiting the TCD campus through Lincoln Place gate, turn right and follow the edge of TCD until the third set of traffic lights (just outside the TCD Arts Building pedestrian entrance). Dawson Street is directly across the road. After a short walk up Dawson Street, the Round Room will be on your left.



Optional Excursions - Wednesday 10th September (all afternoon)

In addition to the registration fee, ESPM-14 offers three optional excursions to historic locations in Dublin city and nearby counties. These will all take place in the afternoon leading up to the conference banquet. Coaches will depart one at a time from the same pick-up point shown in the map below.


Newgrange Neolithic Monument (12:30 - 17:30)

Newgrange is an ancient monument located in County Meath and believed to date back 5000 years to 3200 BC, (i.e., making it older than Stonehenge and the Great Pyramid of Giza). Prehistoric Irish designs are plentiful in the form of stone carvings in and around the site. The main passageway is famous for being designed such that sunlight will spill into the main chamber only during sunrise on the Winter Solstice.


Glendalough Lakes & Medieval Monastery (12:45 - 17:15)

Glendalough is a picturesque valley to the south of Dublin in County Wicklow, which is host to a famous Medieval monastic settlement. Known in particular for it's beautiful walking trails to and from the lakes, Glendalough is steeped in Irish history.

Guinness Storehouse Jameson Distillery (13:45 - 16:30)

The Guinness Storehouse is one of Dublin's top tourist attractions, but is popular among both visitors and locals alike. The tour through the Storehouse takes guests through the history of one of Ireland's most famous exports. The tour finishes with a complementary pint of Guinness in the Gravity Bar. Here, guests can take in the breath-taking 360 degree panorama of Dublin city and beyond.