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THE MARKER HOTEL

Situated on Grand Canal Square, The Marker Hotel lies in the heart of Dublin’s business and cultural quarter. It’s conference center offers Quest for Quality attendees a great place to learn and network, with excellent food and drinks. Dublin city center can be reached in a 20-minute walk and features a wide variety of shops, nightlife and theaters. Many pubs offering traditional Irish music and dance can also be found.

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ACCOMODATION

We have secured special discounted accomodation rate for Quest for Quality attendes. You can see the pricing
information below.

Note: please, make sure to secure booking on time, since the amount of rooms available is limited.

GRAND CANAL HOTEL

The Grand Canal Hotel is an independent family owned hotel, located in Dublin City. Each guest bedroom comes fully equipped with complimentary high speed WiFi and is a haven for comfort and relaxation, with a soft décor and comfy beds providing the perfect retreat at the end of a busy day at the Quest for Quality Conference.

Rates: €139 Bed & Breakfast (*this rate is only available until 7th September).

Distance from Q4Q 2018 Conference Venue: 10 minute walk (800 metres)

Please book you accommodation in the Grand Canal Hotel here using the following Promo code: Quest2018

If you have any additional questions about the accommodation at the Quest for Quality 2018 conference please contact the conference secretariat at q4q2018@advantagegroup.ie

ABOUT DUBLIN

Discover more about vivid city of Dublin and its history, location, people and language. Did you know that Dublin in Irish is pronounced Baile Átha Cliath? 🙂

THE CITY

Welcome to Dublin, the capital of Ireland. Famous for its easy going charm and cultural heritage, Dublin is also the capital of The Craic (pronounce ‘crack’), the art of life. Famous Dublin sons such as writers Oscar Wilde, James Joyce and Jonathan Swift had it, playwright Samuel Beckett had it, and so have more contemporary cultural ambassadors such as U2.

The city is steeped in rich history, starting with the Vikings laying its first streets. Through the centuries, The Craic and an unruly artistic streak have helped shape Dublin into what it is now: A vibrant capital that moves at an easy going pace.

DUBLIN’S LOCATION

Dublin is located on the East Coast of Ireland, stretching along the Irish Sea in a half moon shape. The city is bordered to the South by the dramatic Wicklow Mountains.

HISTORY OF DUBLIN

From the invasion of the Vikings in the 8th Century through 700 years of Norman occupation, English rule and the formation of the Republic of Ireland in the 1920’s, the city of Dublin has had a rich and varied history. Evidence of this can be found in every corner of the city. From a cultural point of view, that means plenty for visitors to see, from historic sites and landmarks to famous monuments and thought-provoking museums.

MEET THE NATIVES: THE DUBLINERS

As a city, Dublin’s character is firmly shaped by its people. Dubliners are a friendly and mildly inquisitive lot. Rarely will you venture into a pub without somebody standing near you striking up a conversation. If you ever find yourself lost, ask somebody and more than likely you’ll be greeted with a little friendly chat. Dubliners are also known for their sharp wit and deadpan humour. Any bookshop in Ireland will sell you books of ‘Dublin Humour’.

With three of Ireland’s largest universities in town, Dublin is a very young city. Part of Dublin’s charm is that all ages and all walks of life mix together. Particularly at night time, this mix makes for a lively and welcoming atmosphere in Dublin’s myriad pubs, bars, restaurants, clubs and concert venues.

THE LANGUAGE

The language spoken in Dublin is English. Street signs and official buildings are signposted in both English and Gaelic, the indigenous Irish language. Despite this, you are highly unlikely to hear any Gaelic spoken on your travels across town. You are, however, likely to come across a lot of cursing in casual conversations. IRelax, it does not carry the same connotations it might in other languages.

TIPS AND TRICKS FOR AN AWESOME STAY AT THE EMERALD ISLE

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IRELAND’S WEATHER

Not too hot and not too cold – you’ll find Ireland’s climate just right.

In Ireland, everyone talks about the weather. Irish weather can be unpredictable, so they like to discuss it. A lot. Ireland’s climate is influenced most by the Atlantic Ocean. As a result, it
doesn’t have the extreme temperatures that other countries at similar latitude would have. The average temperature is a mild 50°F (which is 10°C).

What you can expect in October?

In autumn, (August to October) highest temperatures hit between 64 and 57°F. September is considered a mild, temperate month. Temperatures in October range at around 50°F (10°C), which we mentioned is an awerage. You will need to be adaptable, so go for layers that you can put on or take off as the temperature changes. Layers of clothing, a raincoat and you should be okay. 🙂 Also, it will be getting dark around 6pm.

LIVE LIKE A LOCAL

Here is a great article for 48 hours spent in Dublin, from Friday to Sunday. Our personal recommendation would be:

Visit Temple Bar, which is in the most popular area of the city , and enjoy local bars with true Irish spirit.

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If you are a fan of Game of Thrones, you will find this Game of Thrones location tour amusing!

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During the weekend, go in for Cliffs of Moher tour – it is a must! You will spend an awesome day outside.

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LOCAL TRANSPORTATION

Dublin is great to easily move around, since it’s well covered with costal trains, public buses and bicycle hires.

You can use the DART , which is the costal train network. Get on the train and visit beautiful towns and villages near the coast. Next, you will easily use public bus network to travel the city and suburbs. And finally, there is the Luas tram system to get you out to the suburbs too, as well as bicycle hire throughout the city!

The best recommendation if you are staying for few days would be Leap Visitor Card, which is the best value across bus and rail options.

In the end, try downloading the official Transport for Ireland Journey Planner, where you will find all Dublin's transport options. It is free and covers bus, Luas, taxis, ferries and even walking!

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Now you know everything – so enjoy and have fun!

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