SMC-15 Travel Information

A good way to get to know modern Ireland, famous as a land of poets, playwrights, music and dance, of green fields and castles, is to visit Discover Ireland, which provides general information about the country. The general population in Ireland speak English (you may hear the native Irish language spoken in the West and South). The official language of the conference is English. Welcome to Ireland - Fáilte!

Arriving in Ireland and Maynooth:

Maynooth (Maigh (also Má) Nuad in the Irish language) is a University town in north County Kildare, in the East of Ireland. It is close to the M4 motorway, along the Royal Canal and the main Western Suburban Rail Line.

Arriving by Bus

Dublin Airport to Maynooth / Maynooth to Dublin Airport:

Direct to Maynooth Airport Hopper
Only 2-hourly Service
online booking available
Direct to Maynooth
or via City Center
Dublin Bus No. 22
Airport-Maynooth (pdf)
Maynooth-Airport (pdf)
30-40 mins (Direct)

1 hour (via City Center)
Follow live bus times online

Airport to Dublin City Center:

Express Services Aircoach and Airlink 747
Regular Services 16 and 41
For the bus to Maynooth, get off at O'Connell St (16a, 747), Lower Abbey St (41), or Trinity College(Aircoach), and walk to the 66/67/67x (below) bus stop on Westmoreland St.
For train connections, Airlink 747 to Busaras (Central Bus Station) brings you closest to Connolly Station.

Dublin City Center to Maynooth:

City Center to Maynooth Bus 66 or 67 or 66x(rush hour)
45 mins
The most central stop for bus No. 66/67/66x is Westmoreland St, close to O'Connell Bridge

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Arriving by Train from Dublin City:

The Western Suburban railway line serves three city centre stations (Pearse Station, Tara St. and Connolly Station) as well as many suburban stations and is a quick and convenient way to get to NUI Maynooth. Links to Irish Rail services can be found here.

Arriving by Taxi:

We recommend to use a Maynooth-based taxi to come here from Dublin Airport rather than an airport taxi because the driver will always know where Maynooth is, and the fare will be significantly less (it will cost about 55euro from the Airport to Maynooth or 45euro Maynooth to Airport). Maynooth taxi drivers all know where the University is, and often even know specific on-campus locations such as Conference and Accommodation. Some of the Maynooth-based taxi numbers are:

Maynooth/Express Cabs+353-1-628-9999
Manor Cabs+353-1-629-3596

Hotels / Accommodation

Glenroyal Hotel - centrally located 15 min walk and next to railway station and bus terminal
Carton House and Country Club - a 30 min walk or taxi
There will also be a discount available through Maynooth Campus Conference and Accommodation

Good to know

Internet Access

During the conference you will have an access to the Conference wireless network. This will cover the campus area. The wifi code will be included in your regsitration pack.

Ireland Phone code

The international phone code for Ireland is +353.


The moderating influence of the Atlantic is felt throughout Ireland. The temperature in September can vary between 10 and 16 degrees Celsius. The weather can be changeable with a mixture scattered showers and dry sunny days. It is advisable to have a raincoat or umbrella!!


The time in Ireland is GMT +0. The current time in Ireland can be found at World Time Server.


The currency of Ireland is Euro (EUR, €). You can use for example Yahoo's Currency Converter to check out the exchange rates. Major credit cards are accepted in most shops, restaurants, and hotels. Cash can be withdrawn with credit cards from ATM machines. There are many ATM machines in Maynooth town and one on the North Campus (at the back of the Science building facing the John Hume building)

In Ireland, tipping is normal in restaurants depending on the service ranging from (5-10%)


Electrical socket type: 50 Hz, 230 V (the same as in the continental EU countries - double that of the US supply!!). However the plug and socket type used in Ireland is a 3-pin plug (same as UK). You will need an adapter for any 2-pin plugs.

The electric plugs used in Ireland   The adapter used in Ireland