The paper currency in Ireland is the euro. On 1 March 2010, one euro was equivalent to US$1.33. You can check the latest exchange rates with RTE's Aertel service. Ireland's previous trading currency, the punt, left circulation as a paper currency at the end of 2001.
There is a banking service available in the Concourse building with foreign exchange facilities and ATM machines (Bank of Ireland). There is a second bank on nearby Newcastle Road (AIB).
There is car parking available at the University. However, it uses a pay and display scheme. We will endeavour to acquire passes for attendees.
The average daily temperature in late August is 15 °C (59 °F), but this can be as low as 12°C (54 °F) or as high as 25 °C (77 °F). There is always the possibility of a rain shower, so we advise you to bring an umbrella or light raincoat.
A wireless connection will be available to workshop delegates for accessing the Internet. Open (TCP) ports will include POP3 and SSH. Outgoing SMTP server details will be provided.
The working language of the Conference will be English.
Details to follow.
Sales Tax Refunds
The price of most goods includes value-added tax (VAT). Non-EU visitors can have this sales tax refunded at the end of their trip. Be sure to ask for a tax-free shopping form with each purchase and follow the instructions for completion.
Since 29th March 2004, there has been a ban on smoking in effect in all workplaces in Ireland. This Government-enforced ban includes public houses and restaurants.
Public telephones are available in the Concourse area. The telephones take either coins or call cards which can be purchased at the Students' Union Shop beside the main Restaurant. There are credit card phones in the Concourse area. The international access code is 00 + country code, etc.
Visitors' visas are not required for citizens of the countries listed on the Department of Foreign Affair's approved list. For other countries, please check with your local Irish embassy for details. The Department's visa services FAQ gives details of how to apply for a visa. If you require that an invitation letter be sent from the BlogTalk organisers to the Irish embassy in your country for visa purposes, please contact the organisers.