In between continental Europe and the United States lies a small green island in the Atlantic Ocean known as Ireland. Its capital city Dublin is equally small in size but, like Ireland, has an enormous personality. And it is, as it happens, the perfect place for business events and conferences.
On the surface, Dublin is a historic city full of superb facilities surrounded by a scattering of mountains on one side and the arresting Irish sea on the other. However, dig a shade deeper and you’ll discover the city’s biggest assets are in fact its people. Time and time again visitors comment on their friendliness, their ability to host as well as their absolute professionalism.
Each morning as much of Ireland sleeps, the people who work at making its capital city great wake with different goals in mind. For some it’s landing a fresh catch as the sunrises over Dublin Bay. For others it’s stripping beds at one of Dublin’s many boutique, luxurious and historic hotels, or for some still it’s ensuring that Dublin’s first-class facilities and conferencing centres remain top notch for all that it hosts.
There is a proverb (or seanfhocal) in the Irish language that states Ní neart go cur le chéile, which translates as “there is no strength without unity”. This expression is particularly true in Dublin where the people who work within the trade believe that the whole is greater than the sum of all parts. This means working as a collective for the good of all, regardless. In Dublin, it’s not unheard of to get a recommendation to use a competing business if they might suit your needs better or to see pop-up collaborations between artists or food producers around the city. Little wonder, that Ireland has been consistently named ‘best small country in the world to do business with’ by Forbes.
As the morning wears on, the city comes alive with a blend of its multicultural sizzle. Though English is the main language in Ireland, you’ll hear a mix of tongues spoken on streets and in businesses as people from all over the world live, work and play in this historic city. And it’s not just an assortment of cultures you’ll encounter here —when you arrive in Dublin you arrive armed with the opportunity to wander through thousands of years in the space of a few streets. Delegates coming to Dublin will come face-to-face with a hodgepodge of heritage, contemporary stylings and modern facilities. Home to most of the top tech companies in the world, Dublin may be erected upon years of tradition but in recent years it has been crafted by its innovative amenities and vibrant and highly-skilled workforce.
Beyond the criss-cross cobblestones, cosmopolitan facades, Romanesque architecture and impressive cliff-like streetscapes of Georgian Dublin, a fringing of mountains frames the city. Along the coast, located minutes from the city centre, salty air, seaside restaurants and quaint little villages capture the senses. It is here and in the surrounding hinterland that much of the world-famous Irish produce is sourced, making the journey from farm to fork as short as possible.
Across the city as the day progresses, technical, event, creative and catering teams work tirelessly to transform some of Dublin’s most impressive conferencing centres such as The Conference Centre Dublin, the RDS and Citywest into almost anything imaginable. Combine all this with an airport located close to an already compact city centre and the result isn’t just purpose-built facilities but a seemingly purpose-built city.
As day turns to night, the atmosphere becomes charged. Tip-top full of culture and heritage with a sprinkling of hedonism, Dublin has earned its reputation as a place where you work hard and play harder. Named as a UNESCO City of Literature, Dublin is a place built on words where the ability to talk fast and think faster comes naturally to most of its inhabitants.
While the culture and creativity, innovation and infrastructure in Dublin are second to none, they do play second fiddle to the people who call Dublin home. Talkative, agreeable, professional and droll, Dubliners are some of the best hosts of all—an enigmatic lot whose affability is so contagious that you will find yourself returning again and again. In fact, the people of Dublin are such a welcoming bunch, the capital city has been named one of the friendliest in the world consistently by prestigious travel publications such as Lonely Planet, TripAdvisor and Condé Nast.
There are so many reasons to bring your next event to Dublin. People make places and Dubliners definitely make Dublin great. Add in the city’s ease of access, culture and top-notch facilities and you’ve a place that naturally lends itself to the delivery of world-class business events.