AoIR2020 Venues

The city of Dublin has a history tracing back to the first Viking settlement in 840 so has a rich cultural, architectural and social archive to explore. Wander through it’s changing landscapes from medieval street layouts to Georgian regularity to the glass and steel of the booming technology sector in the Dublin docklands. It has a rich literary history being home to writers like Beckett, Joyce, Swift, Wilde, and Stoker. It is also famously known as home to the Guinness brewery and the Jameson Whiskey distillery. More recently, it has become home to many multinational digital media companies, including Google, Facebook, Uber and LinkedIn. Dublin has a vibrant contemporary cultural scene located in its many (oh sooo many) pubs, bars, cafes, theatres and restaurants. It is a small, walkable city, divided by the River Liffey into north and south sides with a variety of museums and galleries exploring Irish history, art, and politics.

Technological University Dublin Grangegorman campus

The conference will be hosted on the Grangegorman campus of Technological University Dublin. TU Dublin is Ireland’s youngest University, established on the 1st of January, 2019 with the amalgamation of Dublin Institute of Technology, IT Blanchardstown, and IT Tallaght. The Grangegorman campus is located in the inner north of Dublin city, on the grounds of the 19th Century penitentiary and asylum. The campus includes many buildings dating from this period as well as newly completed facilities, boasting up to date technology, design and access. The conference will take place in East and Central Quads home to the Schools of Media, Art, and Design, the Conservatory of Music and Drama, and the College of Sciences and Health.

Grangegorman is adjacent to the hipster scene of Smithfield and Stoneybatter which hosts a variety of cafes, restaurants, bars, pubs, and the Lighthouse cinema. This area is also home to the Jameson Whiskey Distillery and the Cobblestone pub famous for its Irish traditional music. A short walk down the hill from the campus will bring you there.

The Green Line Luas will take you directly to the campus. Alight at Broadstone or Grangegorman stop, tagging off if you are using a LEAP card.

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The Mansion House

Wednesday night’s keynote will be held in the Round Room of the Mansion House on Dawson St. on the south side of the river. The Mansion House is the official residence of Dublin’s Lord Mayor and the oldest in Ireland and Britain. The house was built in 1705 in the Queen Anne style by property developer and merchant Joshua Dawson who intended using it as a domestic residence. Instead, the building was bought by Dublin Corporation 1715 and has housed the Lord Mayor ever since. The Round Room was added in 1821 and it has particular fame as the location of the first Dáil (Irish parliament) assembly in 1919 during which the Irish Declaration of Independence was made. The Anglo-Irish Treaty which set the boundaries of the current state was also signed there in 1921.

The Mansion House is located within the premiere shopping, heritage and dining area of Dublin’s southside. The Green Line Luas from Grangegorman will take you directly to the venue (alight at Dawson, but don’t forget to tag off if you are using a LEAP card).

More information: http://archiseek.com/2010/1715-mansion-house-dawson-street-dublin/

Guinness Storehouse

The #AoIR2020 closing reception and dinner will be at the Guinness Storehouse on 31 October 2020. Over many floors, the Guinness Storehouse tells the story of the making of arguably Dublin’s most famous exports: Guinness Stout. You will be able to take the tour (so no need for an extra trip), learning how Guinness gets is distinctive colour and the secret of the double pour. We will also have access to the Gravity Bar which has almost 360 degree panoramic views of the Dublin skyline. The Storehouse is housed in a former fermentation plant built in 1902 on the site of the St James Gate Brewery where Guinness has been brewed since 1759. The brewery, which occupies 24 hectares in the south west corner of the city, was famously leased by founder Arthur Guinness for 9,000 years and is a vital part of the city’s economy and culture.

The Storehouse is the most popular tourist attraction in Ireland and is regularly the most popular in Europe. Guinness is such a fundamental part of Dublin, we could think of nowhere better to end the conference.

You can get to the Storehouse by taking the Red Line Luas and alighting at James or by taking the 123 bus from O’Connell St, College Green or Dame St.

More information: https://www.guinness-storehouse.com/en

More details, including maps, in Getting Around Dublin page – coming soon.