The IFLA Governing Board and Irish National Committee have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 World Library and Information Congress (WLIC).  

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Half-day during Congress Tours

The following half-day tours will be offered by ei travel group to all delegates as a morning or afternoon option everyday from 15 to 20 August 2020.

The prices will include pick up and drop off at DCC, air-conditioned luxury coach transport with driver/guide. Entries to all attractions (where relevant) will also be included.

Delegates will be able to book tours via the ei travel group online platform or onsite during the Congress at the tour desk during the opening times.

 

Desk Opening Times:

Friday, 14 August 13:30-18:00

Saturday, 15 August  07:30-19:00

Sunday, 16 August 07:30 – 18:00

Monday, 17 August 07:30 – 18:00

Tuesday, 18 August  07:30 – 18:00

Wednesday, 19 August 07:30 – 18:00

Thursday, 20 August  07:30 – 18:00

1) Wicklow / Glendalough Tour

Cost Per Guest: €25

Our Wicklow tour is designed to give you an experience like no other. We take a route up past the Blessington Lakes, where you will see the lush green fields of arable land before reaching Baltinglass Abbey, dating back to the 1100s.  We then go on to the Glenmalure Valley.

We then visit what for many will be the highlight of the tour – Glendalough.

The Monastery itself was founded in the 6th century by St. Kevin, but most of the buildings date from between the 11th and 12th century. Glendalough monastery has many buildings; the tower and St Kevin’s Kitchen are the most complete all the rest are in disrepair to differing extents. The setting amongst the mountains and the lakes is what sets this monastery apart from every other. Take a stroll and enjoy this magical place, you will be transported to a tranquil peaceful place.

The extensive ruins of Glendalough include several early churches, and an impressive 30-metre high round tower. The valley stretches for approximately 3km and contains several areas of great historical interest and beauty.

You will then return to Dublin and end your tour at the Dublin Convention Centre.

The sights and experiences on this tour are fantastic – and we know that our knowledgeable, entertaining guides will make this Glendalough tour one of the most memorable days of your trip to Ireland!

Pick up: Convention Centre Dublin

08:00 & 13:00

Drop off: Convention Centre Dublin

13:00 & 18:00

Things To Bring:

  • Camera
  • Sunglasses
  • Raincoat – just in case it rains!
  • Packed lunch or money for lunch & snacks
  • Charging cable and power bank to keep your devices charged (some buses do have charging ports but not all)
  • Spending money (€ Euro / credit card)
  • Appropriate shoes for walking on rough terrain
1)Wicklow / Glendalough Tour
1) Wicklow / Glendalough Tour

2) Kildare Village Shopping

Cost Per Guest: €18

Kildare Village, a member of the Bicester Village Shopping Collection, is located less than an hour from Dublin with over 100 boutiques of world-class fashion and homeware brands. Kildare Village offers savings of up to 60% on the recommended retail price seven days a week and all year round.

Anya Hindmarch, Brooks Brothers, Cath Kidston, Church’s, Coach, DKNY, Furla, Hugo Boss, Juicy Couture, Kenneth Turner, Lulu Guinness, Pandora and Wolford are just a few of the international brands present, as well as the boutique of Ireland’s leading international designer, Louise Kennedy. A selection of services at Kildare Village includes a Tourist Information Centre; tax free shopping and a complimentary shuttle service to the nearby Irish National Stud & Gardens.  With a range of restaurants and cafés, the Village has become a destination for visitors seeking a superior shopping experience and an enjoyable day out.

Your tour will begin at the Convention Centre in Dublin City. On your way to Kildare Village you’ll pass The Curragh & Irish National Stud and Gardens, which symbolises all that is great about County Kildare, the beating heart of Ireland’s thoroughbred horse industry. It is the home of equine royalty, immaculately bred stallions alongside protective mares, frolicking foals and athletic yearlings.

Once you reach Kildare Village you can enjoy the vast choice of retail stores, along with some cafes and restaurants.

Afterwards you will return to the Convention Centre.

If you would like to view some more information on Kildare Village, you can visit; https://www.tbvsc.com/kildare-village/en

 

Pick up: Convention Centre Dublin

08:00 & 13:00

Drop off: Convention Centre Dublin

13:00 & 18:00

Things To Bring:

  • Camera
  • Sunglasses
  • Raincoat – just in case it rains!
  • Packed lunch or money for lunch & snacks
  • Charging cable and power bank to keep your devices charged (some buses do have charging ports but not all)
  • Spending money (€ Euro / credit card)
  • Comfortable runners / sneakers
2) Kildare Village Shopping
2) Kildare Village Shopping

3) Celtic Ancient East Tour

Cost per person – €25

Join us as we journey through Ireland’s Ancient East. Our day tour takes you into one of Ireland’s most ancient regions. This is a tour that takes you into the depths of Celtic history and allows you to explore sites of historical significance and stunning landscapes.

You will leave the Convention Centre Dublin and your first stop will be the Monsterboice High Crosses.

The historic ruins of Monasterboice are of an early Christian settlement in County Louth in Ireland, north of Drogheda. Visitors can discover an old graveyard, two churches and a sundial but Monasterboice is most famous for its spectacular high crosses. Inside the ruins stands the impressive Muiredach’s High Cross (5.5 metres high), regarded as the finest high cross in the whole of Ireland. It features biblical carvings of both the Old and New Testaments of the Bible. The crosses stand in the shadow of a magnificent round tower, about 35 metres high and divided into four or more stories inside, connected with ladders.

After this you will drive through Slane in County Meath. Slane is an idyllic village in a beautiful part of County Meath, Ireland just 30 minutes north of Ireland’s capital city, Dublin.  It is situated in the heart of the Boyne Valley, one of the most historic and picturesque regions in Ireland. Slane boasts one of Ireland’s most historic sites The Hill of Slane, associated with Ireland’s patron Saint, St.Patrick.  The centre of the village known as ‘The Square’ comprises of four large georgian houses known as ‘The Four Sisters’.  Set in the middle of a 1,500-acre estate is Slane Castle  which is also known for epic open-air rock concerts. Headline acts at Slane Castle include; Queen, U2, David Bowie, Bruce Springsteen, Rolling Stones, Stereophonics, Oasis, Bryan Adams, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Madonna, Bon Jovi and Kings Of Leon.

The most sacred site of Ancient Ireland is the Hill of Tara, and this is where we head next. An important and historic site in the Boyne Valley region, it was the centre of the country in a sense as the High Kings ruled Ireland from this very site. From the hill, there is a lovely view of the surrounding area. It is said that a quarter of Ireland’s countryside is visible from this hill.

Afterwards you will return to the Convention Centre.

Pick up: Convention Centre Dublin

08:00 & 13:00

Drop off: Convention Centre Dublin

13:00 & 18:00

Things To Bring:

  • Camera
  • Sunglasses
  • Raincoat – just in case it rains!
  • Packed lunch or money for lunch & snacks
  • Charging cable and power bank to keep your devices charged (some buses do have charging ports but not all)
  • Spending money (€ Euro / credit card)
  • Appropriate shoes for walking on rough terrain
3) Celtic Ancient East Tour
3) Celtic Ancient East Tour

4) Malahide and Howth Tour

Cost Per Guest: €25

Join us on this fine coastal walk, just a few miles from Dublin city centre, and is suitable for all. The Howth Cliff Walk isn’t overly difficult. There are points where you’re walking at an incline for a bit, but for the most part, it’s just a long stroll.

You’ll depart from Convention Centre Dublin, and the first stop will be Howth Head.

Howth Head (Binn Éadair) is a peninsula about 13 km from Dublin city centre on the north side of Dublin Bay. Originally an island, it is connected to the mainland by a tombolo or land bridge created by deposited sand at Sutton (Cill Fhionntáin).

The terrain rises to above 100m and the highest point is Black Linn ( Dubh Linn). 570 acres are designated as a Special Area Of Conservation, including bogland covered in yellow gorse. A network of paths circle the cliffs of the head with views of Ireland’s Eye (Inis Mac Neasáin) and Lambey Island (Reachrainn), the Irish Sea, Dublin Bay and the Dublin and Wicklow mountains.

Following on from here, you will visit the Malahide Castle & Gardens. King Henry II gifted Richard Talbot the lands and harbour of Malahide for his services to the crown in 1185. From that point on, the Talbot family became intertwined with Malahide’s history and development.

The original stronghold built on the lands was a wooden fortress, but this was eventually superseded by a stone structure on the site of the current Malahide Castle. Over the centuries, rooms and fortifications were added, modified and strengthened until the castle took on its current form. Set on 260 acres of parkland, the gardens and Butterfly House at Malahide Castle is a place to discover 5,000 plant varieties, perfect picnic spots and much more during your visit.

Afterwards you will return to the Convention Centre.

Pick up: Convention Centre Dublin

08:00 & 13:00

Drop off: Convention Centre Dublin

13:00 & 18:00

Things To Bring:

  • Camera
  • Sunglasses
  • Raincoat – just in case it rains!
  • Packed lunch or money for lunch & snacks
  • Charging cable and power bank to keep your devices charged (some buses do have charging ports but not all)
  • Spending money (€ Euro / credit card)
  • Appropriate shoes/sneakers
4) Malahide and Howth Tour
4) Malahide and Howth Tour

5) Irish National Stud & Japanese Gardens Tour

Cost Per Guest: €30

You will leave Convention Centre Dublin, and travel to the Irish National Stud & the Japanese Gardens, which is less than an hour from Dublin City.

The Irish National Stud belongs to the people of Ireland but prides itself on being enjoyed and appreciated by visitors from all parts of the globe. Nowhere better symbolises all that is great about County Kildare, the beating heart of Ireland’s thoroughbred industry, than the stud, a unique attraction of outstanding natural beauty that is home to some of the most magnificent horses and sumptuous gardens to be found anywhere in the world.

The Irish National Stud’s Japanese Gardens, renowned throughout the world and the finest of their kind in Europe, are far more than simply a treat for the eye. They also provide comfort to the soul, achieving exactly the objective that was set out when the gardens were created between 1906 and 1910. It is now is now admired by the 120,000 visitors every year, who soak up the peace of the gardens. The gardens were laid out by Japanese master horticulturist Tassa Eida and his son Minoru.  Their aim was, through trees, plants, flowers, lawns, rocks and water, to symbolise the ‘Life of Man’. The plan was executed to perfection.

Afterwards you will return to the Convention Centre.

Pick up: Convention Centre Dublin

08:00 & 13:00

Drop off: Convention Centre Dublin

13:00 & 18:00

Things To Bring:

  • Camera
  • Sunglasses
  • Raincoat – just in case it rains!
  • Packed lunch or money for lunch & snacks
  • Charging cable and power bank to keep your devices charged (some buses do have charging ports but not all)
  • Spending money (€ Euro / credit card)
  • Appropriate shoes/sneakers
5) Irish National Stud & Japanese Gardens Tour
5) Irish National Stud & Japanese Gardens Tour

Cancellation:

Half-day tours can be cancelled up to 24 hours in advance with a full refund, no shows or cancellations will not be entitled to a refund.