Travel, Accommodation & Tourist Information
Cork, European City of Culture 2005, is situated in southwest Ireland. The second city of the Republic of Ireland has a population of over 160,000 people. Cork city centre is built on an island in the River Lee, just upstream of Cork Harbour. The two channels of the River Lee embrace the city centre and are spanned by many bridges giving the city a distinctive continental air. Cork City is small enough to walk around, but has all the amenities of a large city, and you are sure of a great Irish welcome.
The conference will be held at University College Cork. University College Cork (UCC) is one of four constituent universities of the federal National University of Ireland. Founded in 1845, UCC is one of Irelandís oldest institutes of higher learning.
How to get here
The university is within walking distance of the city, and is a short taxi/bus ride from both the rail station and airport. The airport is well served by budget airlines that operate from many parts of Europe, either directly, or via the UK.
EMBS41 are not able to book or arrange payment of accommodation for you, please deal directly with the hotel/bed & breakfast/hostel of your choice.
University accommodation is not available, but if you log on to http://conferencing.ucc.ie and click on 'Accommodation' you will find a comprehensive choice at 'Alternative Accommodation'. Please mention EMBS41 and UCC when booking.
Further choice is available at the following tourist websites:
For close proximity to college (5-20 mins. walk) we would suggest Western Road, College Road, Lancaster Quay, Mardyke and Washington Street. MacCurtain Street, South Mall and Victoria Cross are a little further (20-45 mins. walk).
For a map of Cork city log on to www.corkcity.ie, click on 'maps' and then 'street index': if you then click on any of the street names from the list above you will see the area around the university.
Cork is a small city where everything is easily accessible. The city centre is a wonderful mixture of wide streets, small side streets, narrow alleys and numerous bridges. You will find plenty of places to visit within the city itself.
If you are interested in social history you might visit the Butter Museum, or go to Cork City Gaol. You may prefer to ring the bells of Shandon Church, or admire the varied architecture of the churches within the city. Don't forget to view the Ogham Stones in the Stone corridor of UCC itself, or visit the award winning Glucksman art gallery in UCC grounds. A second, larger art gallery, the Crawford, is found in the city centre next to the Cork Opera House.
Shopping is a pleasure, not only do you have 'big name' department stores, but the side streets are lined with small, family owned, businesses which sell an enormous variety of goods. You must visit The English Market, built in the 19th century - the market sells food from all over the world alongside local Irish produce and specialities.
The number of restaurants, cafes, bars and traditional Irish pubs within the city is unbelievable, you are never more than a few steps away from a source of refreshment! There are two main breweries in the city each producing a superb stout (Murphys & Beamish) and a local micro-brewery with a wide range of beers. The quality and variety of the food available in the restaurants means that even if you lived here for a year you would still be discovering new places to eat.
After the symposium you will, of course, want to stay on in Ireland, hire a car, get a bus or train, and explore this wonderful country - West Cork, the Burren, the Ring of Kerry, Killarney National Park, the West of Ireland .....it will all be waiting!
Contact us at: EMBS41@ucc.ie