18th International Psycho Oncology Society Congress. 17th – 21st October 2016 Dublin, Ireland.

Welcome To Ireland

ABOUT DUBLIN


A vibrant, modern city Dublin has not forgotten its roots and is seeped 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.

Dublin Bridge

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, delegates will be spoilt for choice.

Conveniently located at the gateway to Europe, Ireland is easily accessible for UK, US and EMEA delegates. Dublin Airport serves 57 airlines, with 175 routes, and daily flights to all major UK and European cities.

Conveniently located at the gateway to Europe, Ireland is easily accessible for UK, US and EMEA delegates. Dublin Airport serves 57 airlines, with 175 routes, and daily flights to all major UK and European cities.

View this short video of Dublin to see what awaits you. Join us for IPOS 2016 – we promise you that Dublin will truly impress !!

Further information is available by visiting the below websites:

Visit Dublin: www.visitdublin.com

Top 10 Attractions: http://www.visitdublin.com/top-10-dublin-attractions


ABOUT IRELAND

The perfect escape? The city break you’ve been dreaming of? The cliff-path walk you’ll remember forever? Well, Ireland has you covered. This magical island is just waiting to thrill you with its stunning windswept scenery along the Wild Atlantic Way, to capture you with its history of ancient sites such as Newgrange and to entice you with its traditional music.

Wild, astounding, inspirational – there are so many words to describe the awesome majesty of the Irish Coast. But one thing’s for sure: this place is pure magic. From Ballycastle in the north of Country Antrim to Allahies in the west of County Cork, this stunning country is renowned for its sylvan beauty, rich shades of green and individual character. You’ll find quiet villages, rugged mountain roads, tranquil rivers and mythical tales.

Whether you’re looking for stories of old, dreaming of fantastical castles, or just want to visit some of the most romantic settings imaginable there is something to suit every taste. From charming coastal villages to spectacular natural wonders, taking to the road on the island of Ireland reveals surprises at every turn.

The most westerly island in Europe, Ireland is 450 km long and 300 km wide. With a population of 6.5million Ireland enjoys a rich diversity of ethnic groups and cultures.

 

Discover Ireland www.discoverireland.ie

Discover Northern Ireland www.discovernorthernireland.com

Wild Atlantic Way www.wildatlanticway.com/


USEFUL INFORMATION

Electricity

220 / 240 volts . 3 Pin Plug.

Driving in Ireland

Traffic in Ireland drives on the left.

Insurance

The Conference Organising Committee or its agents will not be responsible for any medical expenses, loss or accidents incurred during the conference. Delegates are strongly advised to arrange their own personal insurance to cover medical and other expenses including accident or loss. Where a delegate has to cancel for medical reasons, the normal cancellation policy will apply. It is recommended that citizens from EU countries bring with them a current European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) card.

Language

The main languages are English and Irish and most signposts in the Republic are bilingual. English is spoken by everyone while Irish is generally confined to pockets of the south-west, west and north-western coastal areas.

Money

The Euro is the currency in the Republic of Ireland. The Euro has 100 cents in the euro with coins in denominations of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 & 50 cents and 1 and 2 euros. Euro notes come in denominations of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500 euro.

Foreign exchange bureaus are available in most banks, post offices, Tourist Information Offices, airports, some shops and accommodation. Bureau de Change kiosks are also situated in many towns and most cities. There are no exchange controls in Ireland. Any sums of money in any currency can be freely brought into or taken out of the country without disclosure or other formalities.

Smoking

Under current legislation, smoking is banned in all public areas and work places, including restaurants, pubs and bars. Smoking is still permitted in hotel bedrooms which are designated as smoking bedrooms by the hotel. Smoking in bedrooms in guest houses and bed and breakfast accommodation is at the discretion of the owner. There are substantial penalties in place for those found to be in breach of these regulations.

Tax

Refunds Value Added Tax (VAT) is charged at 23% on most goods. Cash back is the simplest and most widely used VAT refund service that issues cash refunds on departure for a handling fee. Ask for cash back form when you make your purchase.

Time

From March to October, Ireland operates on GMT Greenwich Mean Time + 1 hour.

Shopping

Dublin has a busy city centre shopping area around Grafton Street and Henry Street. There is a huge range of products to bring home – from traditional Irish hand-made crafts to international designer labels. Shopping hours in general are from 9.00am to 6.00pm Monday to Saturday, with shops open until 8.00pm on Thursdays, and many shops open from 2.00pm – 6.00pm on Sunday. Dundrum Town Centre is a large shopping centre located in South Dublin. The LUAS Green Line serves Dundrum Town Centre from St. Stephens Green to Brides Glen. The Dundrum and Balally stops are only a few minutes-walk from the centre.

Tipping

Hotels and restaurants often add 10-15% to the bill especially for large parties. This is not mandatory in the Republic of Ireland. Tip cabs 10% and porters 60c per bag.

Weather

Ireland enjoys a temperate climate, with mild winters and relatively cool summers. The daily temperature in September is on average 16°C.

Dublin enjoys reasonable sunshine and rain belts reaching the east coast are frequently light and generally clear within a few hours. It is always wise when travelling to Ireland to pack rain gear or an umbrella.


VISA & PASSPORT

Everyone entering Ireland must have a valid passport, or in the case of European Union Member States, a national identity card. Visitors are advised to check what form of ID is required by their airline carrier before travelling. Some airlines within Europe will only accept passport identification.

Visas are required by delegates travelling from some countries. We would encourage all delegates to check with their local Irish representation and also with your travel operator if your originating country requires a visa. The Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform has primary responsibility for Ireland’s immigration and visa policy. For more information on visa requirements for Ireland please see their website www.dfa.ie

Delegates who require a visa will require a letter of booking confirmation from the conference office. Once your registration has been completed and paid in full we would be delighted to issue this letter for you. Please email the conference office at iposdublin2016@abbey.ie  Please note that we cannot issue a letter until your registration and payment is completed in full. It is advisable that you have booked and paid for accommodation for the duration of your stay. This should be included with your visa application.

Note that VISA applications can take 6+ weeks for Ireland. We would encourage all delegates to ensure that you have left ample time.

Do I need a visa?

Please consult with the relevant Irish Embassy/Consulate/Visa Office or visit the official government website: http://www.dfa.ie/home/index.aspx?id=8777

How do I apply for a visa?

You can apply using the online AVATS process https://www.visas.inis.gov.ie/avats/OnlineHome.aspx

Before beginning the online process you should have the following information to hand:

  • Passport and details of any previous passports – number, date of issue/expiry
  • Details of any previous Irish visa applications
  • Contact details for your host in Ireland & itinerary

Following submission of your online application using AVATS, 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.

When you complete AVATS there will be a website shown on the printed summary of your application form for details of the appropriate office, the fee payable, and the method of payment accepted. Please ensure that you read the visa information contained on the website www.inis.gov.ie and their provided Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS).

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