OER19 will be held at National University of Ireland (NUI) in Galway, a vibrant city, known as Ireland’s cultural heart and has been officially designated as European Capital of Culture 2020. On the edge of Europe, Galway is a city of contrasts – modern and ancient; a centre for theatre and the arts, a hub for the biomedical industry, a haven for tourists and scholars. At the heart of this medieval city is the University.
Institute for Lifecourse and Society (ILAS)
Upper Newcastle Road
The conference venue, The Institute for Lifecourse and Society is a fully accessible building adapted to make your visit as easy as possible. If you have any specific questions about accessibility, do contact us.
Travel around Galway and Venue
Bike – there is a shared bike hire scheme available throughout Galway with a rack opposite the Institute for Lifecourse and Society (ILAS). You can get a 3 day pass for €3 (Security Deposit of €150 is required). More information is available from the Bike service website.
Getting to Ireland
There are daily direct flights to Ireland from a wide range of cities to three different airports that provide good access to Galway: Dublin, Shannon, and Knock airports. Although Dublin Airport is the furthest from Galway, it is the largest airport, by far, and has the best connections (both international flights and public transport links within Ireland). So:
- If you plan to travel to Galway by public transportation, the best airport choice is likely Dublin Airport (travel distance is 2.5 hours from Galway city.
- If you plan to rent a car to travel to Galway, then you also could consider Shannon Airport, just over one hour’s drive from Galway city, or Ireland West Airport Knock, 1 hour and 20 minutes from Galway city.
Getting from the airport to Galway
Bus – Dublin Airport: Express bus routes between Galway and Dublin Airport are operated by Citylink and Go Bus. These buses are comfortable, air-conditioned, and equipped with free Wi-Fi. Journey time to Galway is approximately 2.5 hours (with no stops).
Shannon and Knock Airports: Bus Eireann operates between Galway and Shannon Airport (Route 51) and Knock Airport (Route 64). In both cases, journey time to Galway is approximately 2 hours (depending on the number of stops).
Rail – There is no direct connection between Dublin Airport and Dublin’s Heuston station — the options are bus (Route 747) or taxi (via the city centre). However, if you are spending time in Dublin before or after the conference you might consider traveling by train: see schedules and fares at Irish Rail. Rail journey time between Dublin and Galway is a little over 2 hours. Tip: book your rail tickets in advance to save money on fares.
There are a number of hotels in the area please see below for some example details:
|Hotel||Stars||Budget (per night €)||Walk to venue (mins)|
|7 Cross Street Boutique||4||190||31|
|The House Hotel||4||100||33|
|Eyre Square Hotel||3||90||34|
|The Victoria Hotel||3||75||34|
|Galway Arms Inn||3||65||29|
Other options include:
AirBnb (rooms in private houses), there are various properties close to the venue with prices starting at £21 per night.
Prices for rooms and are given for guidance only. Please contact the hotels/accommodation provider for availability and prices.
Suggestions from Galway locals:
- Dough Bros – great/cheap pizza, the. best. pizza.
- Coffeewerk and Press – amazing coffee, even more amazing little gallery & seating space (with turntable & record collection) upstairs
- BiteClub – good food/drinks/brunch
- Sheridans Cheese (because cheese!!) – has a lovely wine bar above the shop, excellent for a mid afternoon snack of cheese & wine
- Galway outdoor market (Saturdays only)
- Galway indoor market (if it is open by April!)
…dinner (reservations usually necessary)
- Kai Cafe – great (but expensive) dinner, great (less expensive!) lunches)
- Ard Bia – great for breakfast/lunch/dinner
- Tigh Nora – gin bar, gin is really big in Ireland right now
- Bierhaus – cheap & good sandwiches, beer and cocktails)
- Salt House – great craft beer and whiskey selection
- Galway City Museum – …
- St. Nicholas Collegiate Church – 13th century church right in the heart of Galway city, full of the history of Galway over the past 700 years
- Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop – many people’s favourite bookshop in the world (!)
- The Spanish Arch and Long Walk
- The Claddagh – visit the historic Claddagh area of Galway city (inspiration for the Claddagh ring)
…beyond the city
- The Wild Atlantic Way spans the entire west coast of Ireland. The coastal areas both north and south of Galway city are stunning:
- The Burren (County Clare, south of Galway city)… includes Moran’s The Weir (iconic thatched cottage bar/restaurant, for oysters!), The Flaggy Shore including Linnane’s Bar (for seafood in a beautiful spot), Hazel Mountain Chocolate — and then a stunning drive down to Fanore (beautiful beach) and the Cliffs of Moher.
- Connemara (County Galway, west/north of Galway city)