Destination Guide: Ireland

Dublin: Incentive hotspots

C&IT heads to Dublin to try out tasty food tours and wild watersports in Ireland's largest city.

Croke Park
Croke Park

STADIUM SPOTLIGHT

Dublin’s Croke Park, home of the Gaelic games and Europe’s third-largest sporting venue, renovated its meeting and event spaces last year. One of the new offerings for groups is the revamped Hogan Suite, which can seat 750 guests.

The suite is one of 110 meeting spaces within the stadium, which include the renovated All Star Suites suitable for meetings of up to 60 delegates when not being used for corporate hospitality during sporting and entertainment events. The Ash Suite offers views across the city through large floor-to-ceiling windows and space for standing receptions for up to 400 delegates. All of Croke Park’s meeting spaces are equipped with the latest audiovisual technology.

For post-event thrills, the skyline walk along the roof spans the entire stadium and offers unrivalled views of both the city and the pitch below.

On the site of one of the oldest sporting arenas in Europe where the first international rugby match between Ireland and England was played in 1878, stands Dublin’s Aviva Stadium. An array of meeting spaces includes the pitch-facing 1872 and the President’s Area which can host up to 800 guests. Weather permitting, The Podium provides a daytime outdoor space for up to 1,000 delegates.

 

TANTALISING TASTINGS

The Dublin, or Cork, tasting trails by Fab Foodie Trails are a great way to experience local urban specialities in an intimate group setting. The tours aim to bring new international and contemporary tastes to the Irish table, using all-Irish produce. A gentle two-to-three-hour stroll allows participants to take in up to eight independently owned local eateries, with the chance to meet the purveyors or makers. Tasting sessions reflect the current food scene, with the chance to learn more about the culture and history of the city from a local guide while delegates chow down.

For a sophisticated bite to eat, Urchin, the newest addition to Cliff Townhouse provides a laid back seaside hangout feel. Guests can pop downstairs at 22 St Stephen’s Green to sample stylish cocktails and a small plate-style menu that changes daily. A few of the sample dishes cooked to order include Irish sea urchin, sourced from the Beara Peninsula, poached and served as an edible cocktail; Irish Wagyu; and fresh Irish skate.

The newly reopened Jameson Distillery on Bow Street offers a historical journey and tasting sensation for whiskey buffs and newbies alike. The 40-minute tour for up to 30 guests brings the stories of Jameson’s rich heritage to life at the home of Ireland’s best-selling whiskey. An educational session will take visitors on a tour of the triple distillation process with a comparative whiskey tasting rounding off the experience. The tour concludes with a complimentary glass of Jamesons in the welcoming on-site JJ’s bar.

 

GREAT OUTDOORS

Experience natural beauty spots alongside warm Irish hospitality on an eight-hour Wicklow mountains day tour. The trip offers plenty of enviable photo opportunities, including a two-hour stop at Glendalough, lunch at a traditional Irish village and views of the boglands and heather fields of the Sally Gap, which is some of Ireland’s most-filmed scenery.

A boat tour is the perfect escape from the bustle of the city while offering an alternative perspective on its landmarks. The 45-minute Dublin Discovered boat cruise for up to 48 people begins in the heart of the city at Bachelors Walk. Groups will cruise by the Ha’penny Bridge, the iconic Samuel Beckett Bridge shaped like a harp, and take in the home of Google and Facebook, Silicon Docks.

Adventurous types can head across to Surfdock in the docklands to try their hand at a variety of watersports. Special corporate packages can be tailored to the company with dragonboating for groups of 14 or more. Intrepid soloists can try their hand at kayaking, windsurfing or the adrenaline- fuelled wakeboarding.

 

DIRECTORY

Meet in Ireland

CONTACT Joyce McElroy

TEL 020 7518 0800

EMAIL jmcelroy@tourismireland.com

WEBSITE meetinireland.com

 

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