Limerick is a beautiful city set on the west coast of Ireland and the University of Limerick, our conference venue, rests within parkland on the banks of the River Shannon and offers excellent conference facilities. There are several options for accommodation on the campus for individuals and families, and with hotels and guesthouses within walking distance, delegates will find the conference easy to navigate. Further details of how to travel to Ireland, where to stay and what to do in your free time can be found below.
Travelling to Ireland
Ireland is easily accessible no matter where you are in the world. There are many air and ferry routes. The airports closest to Limerick are Shannon, Dublin, Kerry and Cork. Visit the Tourism Ireland website to plan your trip and make the most of your free time by Discovering Ireland!
Limerick is Ireland’s third largest city. It is a friendly and welcoming destination that sits on the majestic River Shannon. It is easily explored on foot and there is something for everyone – riverside walkways, the Milk Market, Georgian architecture, viking sites, King John’s Castle, contemporary art and the home of Munster Rugby, to name but a few attractions. It is also Ireland’s gateway to the Wild Atlantic Way.
The University of Limerick (UL) provides the perfect environment for our 2022 Conference. It is Ireland’s youngest campus and has state-of-the-art conference facilities, a range of accommodation options, restaurants and sports facilities and is situated within an attractive parkland on the banks of the River Shannon. It is widely accessible via road, rail and air for all national and international delegates. Conveniently located 3km from Limerick City, and within 40 minutes of Shannon Airport and 2.5 hours from Dublin Airport, the venue lends itself to opportunities to explore many attractions including the Wild Atlantic Way – a 2,400km stretch along Ireland’s western seaboard that boasts the longest defined coastal drive in the world.
Travel and COVID – 19
and on the Ireland Traveller Health website.
Just as with most of Western Europe, there are no vaccination requirements to visit Ireland.
European Health Insurance Card
Don’t forget to bring your EHIC card! European citizens are entitled to receive free medical treatment that becomes necessary on a temporary stay in Ireland on the same terms as nationals in Ireland, so don’t forget to bring your card and carry it with you at all times.
Every traveller must have a valid passport and all travellers should check the visa requirements prior to travel.
Getting to the University of Limerick from Shannon Aiport
Shannon Airport is located 24km from Limerick City and is well serviced by bus and taxi.
- Bus Eireann runs an hourly service from Shannon Airport to Limerick City.
- The bus stop is located directly outside the terminal. Fares cost approximately €8.00 and the journey takes 40-45 minutes. Stay on the bus until it reaches the main Limerick City bus station located at Colbert Station, Parnell Street, Limerick. There are taxis available at the station. A trip from the station to the University will cost approximately €10.00. A regular bus service runs between the city centre and the University campus.
- Getting to the University of Limerick from Dublin Airport
There are taxis available from the airport to the campus. The average cost is approximately €35.00 – €45.00.
Getting to the University of Limerick from Dublin Airport
There are several bus services which travel from Dublin Airport to the University of Limerick. Bus departures can be found outside Terminal 1.
Arriving Late into Dublin Airport
If your flight arrives into Dublin Airport late at night, we recommend that you stay at one of the airport hotels before travelling to Limerick the following day. There are a number of hotels located close to the airport including: Carlton Dublin Airport Hotel, Maldron Hotel, and the Radisson Blu Hotel. The Discover Ireland website provides more options.
Language, time zone and climate
The official language of the 11th International Prader-Willi Syndrome Organisation Conference in 2022 is English.
Ireland is in the Western European Time Zone (WET). Western European Standard Time is the same time as GMT (Greenwich Mean Time). Like most countries in Europe, Summer (Daylight Saving) Time is observed in Ireland. In July the time on the island of Ireland is GMT +1.
The dominant influence on Ireland’s climate is the Atlantic Ocean. Consequently, Ireland does not suffer from the extremes of temperature experienced by many other countries at similar latitude. July and August are the warmest months, with mean daily temperatures of 14 to 16 °C (57.2 to 60.8 °F), whilst mean daily maximums in July and August vary from 17 to 18 °C (62.6 to 64.4 °F) near the coast, to 19 to 20 °C (66.2 to 68.0 °F) inland. In July, to cover all eventualities, it is recommended visitors pack a sweater, good walking shoes, sunscreen, sunglasses, a compact umbrella and a light rain coat.
Currency & Exchange
The official currency of Ireland is the Euro (€) The most common banknotes are €5 €10 €20 €50 €100. The coins in circulation are 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 cents and €1 and €2.
You can change money at the following places:
- any bank office
- exchange offices in the airport and within the city
- major hotels
- withdrawal from ATMs
Credit & Debit Cards: The safest and easiest form of money is credit cards. Major credit cards (MasterCard, Visa and American Express) are accepted in most restaurants / cafes / facilities.
Cash Withdrawal: It is possible to withdraw euro directly from any ATM in Ireland. It is recommended to have a small amount of cash on hand upon arrival in Ireland for immediate expenses, i.e. taxies, city transportation etc.
Emergency numbers in Ireland
There are two emergency numbers in Ireland 112 or 999
Both are free of charge to call. You can call from a mobile or fixed phone line. 112 also works in any EU country and from any phone free of charge.
Those who become victims of a crime while in Ireland can contact the Irish Tourist Assistance Service (ITAA). ITAS staff can speak a number of foreign languages and will be able to help with problems facing people in the aftermath of a crime. Opening hours: Monday – Saturday from 10am – 6pm; Sundays and public holidays 12pm – 6pm.
Contact details: Local telephone: 1890 365700 (only from Irish phone numbers).
Telephone: +353 (0) 1666 9354. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The dress code for 11th International Prader-Willi Syndrome Organisation Conference is smart casual on all occasions unless stated otherwise.
Liability & Insurance
The Conference Organisers cannot accept liability for personal accidents or loss of or damage to private property of participants. Upon registration, participants agree that the Conference Organisers do not assume any liability. Participants are advised to take out their own personal travel and health insurance for their trip.
Safety & Security
Please do not leave property unattended at any time, whether inside or outside the session halls.
For Ireland the associated plug type is G, which is the plug that has three rectangular pins in a triangular pattern. Ireland operates on a 230V supply voltage and 50Hz.
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