GETTING AROUND DUBLIN

By Dart

Visitors to the capital are encouraged to use the DART, (Dublin Area Rapid Transport), to enjoy stunning views of Dublin Bay and travel out of the city to the numerous fishing villages and towns that are dotted along the coastline. The city center DART stations are Connolly, Pearse and Tara.

The Luas

Dublin now has its own state-of-the-art light rail system which services the city and its outskirts. This is a hassle-free way to travel to and from the city center.

By Dublin Bus

Dublin bus is the public bus service that takes passengers all over the city at a low fare.
Or you can access all these public bus service routes throughout the city by using just one prepaid ticket called the ‘Freedom Ticket’.

By Dublin Bike

This is a self-service bike rental system which has proven very popular with Dubliners. With 40 stations and 450 dbs (bikes), it enables you to travel through the city center and get out and about to enjoy Dublin city at your leisure. All stations are equipped for 3 Day Ticket users. A 3 Day Ticket costs €2. The first 30 minutes of use is free on every Dublin bike.

By Irish Rail

Irish rail system is the best way to travel throughout Ireland and visit the country. Trains are usually comfortable and punctual by Irish standards. The rail network in Ireland is not very extensive, serving only the larger cities and most major towns. If you are thinking of travelling to the more remote scenic areas, you may have to use the local bus services to reach your destination.

By Bus Eireann

Getting around Ireland has never been easier. For maximum choice and flexibility choose from Bus Eireann’s three different types of Tourist Travel Pass.

The Visitor Leap Card (Dublin city wide travel card)

The Leap Visitor Card is the convenient public transport ticket for tourists and visitors to Dublin. It takes you anywhere you want to go in the city and suburbs for the following time periods; 24 hours, 3 days, 7 days. For more detailed information on usage and where to purchase please visit here: https://about.leapcard.ie/leap-visitor-card

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Professor Karine Vershueren

Karine Verschueren is full professor and head of the research unit School Psychology and Development in Context at KU Leuven, Belgium. In 1996 she obtained her PhD in the domain of developmental psychology. In 2000 she was appointed as professor in school psychology. She investigates the psychosocial and academic development of children and adolescents in schools (e.g., self-esteem, academic engagement), and the risk and protective factors for this development. Specifically, she focuses on the role of teacher-student and peer interactions as contexts for child and adolescent development. She investigates these processes not only in general student populations, but more recently also among highly able students. Her teaching involves developmental and school psychology, including school psychological assessment.

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Professor Francoys Gagne

Professor Françoys Gagné is from Montreal, Quebec, born October 6, 1940. After skipping three grades, he obtained his M.A. in Philosophy (Psychology) in 1962 and his Ph.D. in Educational Psychology in 1966, both from the University of Montreal. Dr. Gagné has spent most of his professional career (1978-2001) in the Department of Psychology, at l’Université du Québec à Montréal. After a decade of research on student evaluations of teaching (1967-1977), he became interested in talent development in the late 1970s. Although his research brought him to study a variety of subjects within the field of gifted education, he is best known internationally for his theory of talent development, the Differentiating Model of Giftedness and Talent (DMGT), which has been endorsed by various educational authorities as their framework to define their target population and plan intervention provisions. Professor Gagné has won major awards in the field of gifted education, among them NAGC’s prestigious Distinguished Scholar Award (1996), and two awards from the Mensa Society. Although retired from his UQAM professorship since 2001, Dr. Gagné maintains international publishing and keynoting activities.

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David Cuartielles

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Professor Heidrun Stoeger

Professor Heidrun Stoeger, PhD, is full professor for educational sciences at the University of Regensburg, Germany. She holds the Chair for School Research, School Development, and Evaluation. She is vice president of the International Research Association for Talent Development and Excellence (IRATDE). She is also a member of the editorial board of the German journal Talent Development and served from 2007 to 2014 as editor in chief of the journal High Ability Studies. She has published more than 250 articles, chapters, and books on giftedness, self-regulated learning, motivation, fine motor skills, and teacher education. She is a member of several national and international scientific boards and expert commissions in the field of giftedness research and gifted education.

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Professor Anne Looney

Anne has recently taken up the post of Executive Dean of Dublin City University’s new Institute of Education. From 2001 until 2016 she was the CEO of the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment, the agency responsible for curriculum and assessment for early years, primary and post-primary education in Ireland. She held the position of Interim CEO at the Higher Education Authority until March of this year. A former teacher, she completed her doctoral studies at the Institute of Education in University College London. In 2014/2015 she was Professorial Research Fellow at the Learning Science Institute Australia, based at Australian Catholic University in Brisbane. Her current research interests include assessment policy and practice, curriculum, teacher identity and professional standards for teachers and teaching. She has also published on religious, moral and civic education, and education policy. She has conducted reviews for the OECD on school quality and assessment systems. She is a member of the boards of Early Childhood Ireland, and the Ark Cultural Centre for Children.