The biggest county in Ireland has so much to offer that you are bound to find something to suit your tastes.
From the lively centre of Cork City, to the sweet tranquillity of Mizen Head, Cork County is a study in contrasts.
View of the North Gate Bridge, Cork City
Situated in the South West of Ireland, Cork County offers a variety of landscape: from rich farmlands and river valleys to the wild sandstone hills of the west and the magnificent coastline scooped and fretted by the Atlantic.
The coastline is rich and sea-lovers can explore great bays and secret coves, strewn with rocky headlands and long soft golden sand beaches. One moment you are in the midst of a world-class shopping expedition, and the next, you are pausing to absorb a spectacular seaside vista!
Kinsale Harbour, Cork
All of which makes County Cork a unique and delightful area to visit. The Rivers Lee and Blackwater, flowing through gently rolling meadows to the sea, will serve as your guide as you explore this delightful county.
While the lively arts and music culture will make your heart beat faster, the beautiful scenery and world-class dining will give you plenty of reason to kick back and relax.
Video from the Cork Convention Bureau
Flight & Travel
Getting to Ireland
Cork Airport is one of the three principal international airports of Ireland, along with Dublin and Shannon. It is located 6.5 km south of Cork city in an area known as Farmers Cross. For information on flights to and from Cork City Airport, please see their website here.
Alternatively, there are 57 airlines and over 175 flights flying in and out of Dublin Airport every day. For information on flights into Dublin City Airport check out www.skyscanner.ie. Buses run regularly from Dublin to Cork so please check Bus Eireann for details.
Ireland is also easily accessible by ferry. There are up to 16 routes from Britain to Ireland every day in as little as one hour and fifty minutes. For more information, click here.
Official Airline Partnership
The IEW 2016 organising committee is delighted to announce that our Professional Conference Organising team, MCI Dublin, has secured an exclusive partnership with Emirates Airlines. With over 169,000 seats per day, Emirates Airlines is a front-runner in exceptional service, in-flight entertainment and innovative cabin design.
By booking through emirates.com, each IEW 2016 delegate will secure a 10% discount on business and economy flights to Dublin. This discount will be offered on all promotional fares.
For a step-by-step guide on how to enter your Emirates promotional code, please click here.
Getting Around Ireland
Irish rail system is the best way to travel throughout Ireland and visit the country. Trains are usually comfortable and punctual by Irish standards. The rail network in Ireland is not very extensive, serving only the larger cities and most major towns. If you are thinking of travelling to the more remote scenic areas, you may have to use the local bus services to reach your destination. More info.
Getting around Ireland has never been easier. For maximum choice and flexibility choose from Bus Eireann’s three different types of Tourist Travel Pass.
Open Road Pass
The Open Road bus pass allows you unlimited travel on all Bus Éireann scheduled services including Expressway, local, city and town services. These tickets are easy to use, you simply decide when you want to travel and then write the first and last dates of travel on the ticket. Buy Open Road Ticket
Irish Explorer Bus/Rail
Valid for travel on Intercity, DART, Suburban Rail Services (Iarnród Éireann) and all Bus Éireann scheduled services including Expressway, local, city and town services. It is not valid for travel on services in Northern Ireland.
For more information please click here. http://www.buseireann.ie/
Paddywagon Tours are Ireland’s Number 1 Tour Company and lovingly operate the only All-Ireland hostel/B&B network, the sparkling Paddys Palaces. They offer a wide range of tours throughout Ireland and we are pretty sure they will meet all your Irish travel dreams and expectations. You can choose from one day tour to 10 days tour.
For more information please click here.
The Euro is the currency in the Republic of Ireland. Generally, in the Republic of Ireland the banking hours of business are Monday to Friday, from 10.00 to 16.00 hours (10:30 to 16:30 on Wednesdays). Northern Ireland uses the Sterling as currency if you wish to expand your stay.
There are currency exchange services in Dublin and there are banks in the local area too. However, we always advise you to secure local currency before travelling.
Opening hours are normally from 09:00 to 18:00 Monday to Saturday, with late night shopping on Thursday evenings until 21:00. Most shops are open on Sundays from 12:00 to 18:00. There are a number of convenience stores, cafés, restaurants and bars in the local area including a bank and ATMs.
In general, tipping is always appreciated. Hotels and restaurants often add 10-15% to the bill for large parties. Tipping in pubs is unusual except for table service.
All major credit cards are accepted in most service and retail outlets including Maestro and EDC (European Debit Card). Most credit cards can be used in ATMs, especially the Bank of Ireland and Allied Irish Bank (AIB) ATMs, except for American Express, which can be used at Cashier machines.
English is spoken by everyone while Irish is generally confined to pockets of the south-west, west and north-western coastal areas and road signs which are bilingual.
Emergency Numbers & Dialing Codes:
Emergency numbers in Ireland are 999 or 112.
The international dialing code for Ireland is 00-353. When making international calls, you will need to dial 00 + your country code.
Dublin’s climate is mild and changeable. Winter temperatures average 4-7 degrees Celsius (39-44 degrees Fahrenheit) and summer temperatures vary between 16-20 degrees Celsius (60-67 degrees Fahrenheit).
For up-to-date weather information, visit www.met.ie
Under current legislation, smoking has been banned in all public areas, work places, including restaurants, bars and hotels. There are substantial penalties in place for those found to be in breach of these regulations.
Voltage is 230v Ac, 50 Hz. Socket type is a standard UK 3 pin. Most electrical items from continental Europe will function with an adapter. Otherwise, the hotel may have adaptors available for use.