Social Programme

Please note that all tours are subject to change

Conference Gala Dinner - DoubleTree by Hilton (€75)

Accompanying Persons welcome

Tuesday 14 June at 19.30
Business/Smart Attire 

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Glendalough and the Garden of Ireland

with Lunch at Powerscourt House & Gardens

Monday 13 June / Thursday 16 June – €75
09.30 – 17.00

View the beautiful green landscapes Ireland is famous for with a full day tour to County Wicklow, the Garden County of Ireland. This tour will start at Glendalough, one of the most visited places in Ireland. Glendalough, or the ‘Valley of the Two Lakes’, is famous for its spectacular scenery, rich history, archaeology and abundant wildlife. The Glendalough Valley is located in the Wicklow Mountains National Park and has many sites to enthral visitors including the world famous Monastic site with Round Tower. Glendalough is one of the most important monastic sites in Ireland, and was founded in the 6th century by St. Kevin.

The tour will follow on to the beautiful Powerscourt House & Gardens where delegates will first enjoy lunch. Powerscourt is Ireland’s most famous House and Gardens. Set in the foothills of the Wicklow mountains, these charming gardens date back almost 2 and a half centuries to 1731. Fine statuary and varied trees are linked by carefully designed walks. Following lunch, a tour of Powerscourt Gardens will be offered. Delegates will also have time to shop in the famous Avoca Store before departing for Dublin.

09.30 Depart Dublin City
10.30 Arrival at Glendalough
11.00 Tour
12.30 Depart Glendalough
13.15 Arrival at Powerscourt & Lunch
14.30 Tour of Powerscourt Gardens and Shopping
16.00 Depart Powerscourt 
17.00 Arrival back to Dublin

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Dublin City Tour

followed by Lunch at the National Yacht Club Dun Laoghaire

Tuesday 14 June – €75
09.30 – 16.30

Begin your visit to Dublin with a half day tour of our vibrant capital city. This exciting tour will take in famous sites such as the historical landmarks of Trinity College Dublin, St Patricks Cathedral, Christchurch Cathedral, Dublin Castle, Kilmainham Gaol and the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, as well as Dublin’s famous Georgian townhouses and squares.

The tour will then leave the City Centre, along the coast, and arrive at the National Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire for lunch and a glass of wine. Dating back to 1870, the National Yacht Club is particularly active in dinghy and keelboat one design racing and has hosted two World Championships and the Youth Worlds in recent years. The present clubhouse, designed by William Sterling was erected in 1870 and at that time it was known as the Kingstown Royal Harbour Boat Club.

After lunch, and depending on the weather, delegates can stroll down Dun Laoghaire Pier and look out on to Dublin Bay towards Howth before heading back to the City Centre for a spot of shopping.

10.00 Coach Departure – The Hilton Hotel to Dublin Landmarks
11.30 Depart City Centre
12.00 Arrive at National Yacht Club Lunch
14.00 Walk Dun Laoghaire Pier (weather depending) or Literary Coach Trip towards Dalkey
16.00 Depart for City Centre
16.30 Arrive City Centre

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Shopping Trip to Kildare Village

Complimentary Coach

Sunday 12th June 13.00 – 18.00
Wednesday 15th June 09.00 – 15.00

Kildare Village, located less than an hour from Dublin, offers Ireland’s leading luxury outlet shopping experience. With over 80 boutiques providing fashion, and luxuries for the home, Kildare Village offers authentic previous seasons’ collections with a unique selection of Irish and international brands and savings of up to 60% on the recommended retail price, seven days a week and all year round.  Additionally the new Irish design shopping experience, So Collective, comprises Irish fashion, design, crafts and an exhibition space.

For the ESS Conference, Kildare Village are delighted to offer Lounge access with refreshments, 10% VIP discount card, additional discounts specifically for this group from a selection of brands, tax free shopping and hands free shopping. A selection of services at Kildare Village includes a Tourist Information Centre and a complimentary shuttle service to the nearby Irish National Stud & Gardens and the charming heritage town of Kildare. The restaurants and cafés, make the Village a destination for visitors seeking a superior shopping experience and an enjoyable day out. 

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