Wednesday 8th August

Welcome Reception

Croke Park GAA Museum

Thursday 9th August

Optional nights

Dublin Literary Pub Crawl Experience

Friday 9th August

Gala Dinner

Ticketed event

Dining and more


Wednesday 8th August – Welcome Reception
Croke Park GAA Museum

The official opening ceremony and welcome reception will take place in the Croke Park GAA Museum. This evening will provide an opportunity for delegates to meet in a relaxed environment and catch up with old friends. Croke Park is an iconic stadium, steeped in history, and has been at the heart of Irish sporting and cultural life for over 100 years. Ranked as one of the best things to do in Dublin, the Croke Park Stadium tour offers a truly unique and unforgettable day out!

Enjoy an unrivalled state-of-the-art interactive visitor experience and find out more about Ireland’s unique national games Gaelic football and hurling – the fastest field game in the world. Walk in the footsteps of legends on this guided tour, as you visit the team dressing rooms, warm up areas and media centre before going pitch-side via the players’ tunnel and taking a seat in the VIP area.

Cost included in Registration Fee
Tickets for this evening are limited and will be allocated on a first come first serve online registration basis.


Thursday 9th August – Dublin Literary Pub Crawl Experience

Dublin Literary Pub Crawl

Optional/Ticketed night
Join these Dublin actors who will introduce Irish writers, perform scenes from their own works: The Pub, the Poet, the Pint, and take you on a tour of Dublin’s historic pubs! You will hear a selection from Joyce, Beckett, Behan, Mary Lavin, Oscar Wilde, Eavan Boland, Paula Meehan, Seamus Heaney, Michael Longley. No need to be a literary buff as everything will be explained to you by quoting entertaining pieces from the works of Dublin’s scribes as well as being given some background to the writers featured – so no jumping in at the deep end. You will be told about the great pubs in the city, how the pub culture got started and how important it was for the trade of writing.
It is not a particularly strenuous walk – about a half-mile in total. However walking can be thirsty work and so you will stop along the way for a refreshing drink in 3 of our most famous pubs to experience them for yourselves. Light snacks will be provided in one of the pubs we stop at (not dinner).
Transport: none – delegates must make their own way to and from the Duke Pub which is located off Grafton Street in the centre of Dublin. Public transport options are available.
Dress code: casual (walking shoes!)
Time: 8pm
Location: The Duke, Dublin 2
Transport: Make your own way

A private evening at the GPO Witness History Experience

Optional Night/Ticketed Event
The GPO Witness History Experience is a brand new permanent visitor attraction in the iconic GPO building on O’Connell Street, Dublin 1. The centre will open privately on this evening for Congress delegates who have purchased a ticket.
This highly immersive and engaging exhibition puts you right inside the GPO during Easter Week in 1916. History will come to life as you experience events from both sides of the conflict and through the eyes of bystanders caught in the crossfire through electronic touch screens, video, audio visual booths, sound and authentic artefacts – many previously unseen.
After the exhibition, we will gather in the glass walled dining area overlooking the courtyard. Light ‘supper bowl’ style meal with drinks will be served in a semi seated casual setting.
The events of Easter Week shaped this country’s history and the GPO was at the centre of it all.

Dress code: Casual
Time: 7pm
Location: The GPO, O’ Connell Street, Dublin 1
Transport: Make your own way
Transport: none – delegates must make their own way to and from the GPO which is located close to the Congress venue in the centre of Dublin. Public transport is available.
Please Note – This event is subject to minimum numbers to go ahead, if minimum numbers are not achieved the organisers reserve the right to cancel the event and refund any delegates who have paid. An alternative will be provided where is possible.


Friday 10th August – Gala Dinner
Ticketed event

The ECHA 2018 Gala dinner will be held in The Helix Venue on Friday 9th August. Set on the Dublin City University grounds, The Helix is surrounded by excellent public transport connections. An impressive venue, with a capacity to seat up to 1,222 in open orchestral style and 1,040 delegates in theatre style. The Mahony Hall has been designed with audience comfort in mind. Features include superb acoustics and excellent sightlines. The Mahony Hall guarantees to bring a sense of gravitas to any gala dinner

Dublin is now proud to call itself a Foodies heaven

Dublin city is crammed with award winning and critically acclaimed restaurants.
There are just too many great restaurants for us to be able to list them all and instead we will direct you to some of our favourite listing sites so you can peruse for yourself. If you are still stuck and can’t decide then please do come and visit us at the registration desk and we would be happy to help point you in the right direction and make a booking for you.

Lovin Dublin

This is a site popular with locals, it has restaurant listings and reviews and blogs on what’s new and happening in the city. A good place to start!

Dine in Dublin

This concept started out as an annual festival for foodies but has now developed a blog site which runs all year round and has some great tips on where is good to eat.

Visit Dublin

The home of the Dublin Tourist Board this site contains info on pretty much everything the city has to offer so is useful for planning what to do as well as where to eat!

For those trying to squeeze a dining experience into a short space of time we would recommend doing a Dublin Fab Food Trail