There are many amenities to be discovered in Cork to complement your conference experience such as Blarney Castle and Gardens, the English Market, the Titanic Experience, Spike Island, Cork City Gaol, the Crawford Art Gallery and the Jameson Whiskey Distillery. Cork city also boasts impressive architecture, in particular Saint Fin Barre’s Cathedral, and has a vibrant evening/night life with many lively cafes, craft breweries and traditional Irish pubs and restaurants scattered throughout the city centre.
The location of the conference - University College Cork - is a visitor’s attraction in and of itself. The on-campus Visitors’ Centre acts as a central point of information/tours for the many visitors to the University. The campus is home to the Lewis Glucksman Gallery, a cultural and educational institution that promotes exploration of the visual arts and the Crawford Observatory (which dates from 1880). Also, UCC holds a cloister which contains a collection of Ogham Stones illustrating an early coded form of the language (simple genealogical statements of the period 300-600 AD).
Some of the most engaging features of the UCC campus is the beauty of the cultivated landscape which includes the neat symmetry of the Quad, the President's garden, and the tranquillity of the Lower Grounds where the river Lee runs through campus. Giant Redwoods, mature oaks, and beech trees - going back to the College's foundation in the 1840’s - are scattered throughout the campus.
Within a ~1.5 hours drive/bus journey of Cork city are many other famous Irish locations; visitors could go east and see Waterford – Ireland’s oldest city - or travel West and take in the sights of West Cork or the Ring of Kerry.
If attendees are staying longer in Ireland than the duration of the conference, the local organising committee is happy to offer recommendations.