Blog Article 17 Oct 2014

The Web Summit in Dublin - An Insider's Guide

Arriving at one of the world’s most respected, innovative and rewarding tech events can be a daunting experience. But from connecting to WiFi and getting around to arranging a beer and brunch, IDA Ireland’s guide will ensure you make the most of your time in Dublin.

Keeping Connected

Regardless of whether it’s for work or your social life, WiFi is a must when away from home. Dublin will not disappoint when it comes to keeping you connected during your time at the Web Summit. Open WiFi will be providing unlimited WiFi around the city centre during the week of the event. Simply select the ‘Web Summit’ network through the WiFi settings on your device to log on and surf to your heart’s content.

Getting About

Dublin is a great walking city, especially in and around the compact city centre. However, if you are stuck for time or want to explore a little further, the Dublin Bikes scheme operates throughout the city. Simply register and create and account on There is also a comprehensive bus and tram service, while the Hailo app will ensure a cab is always close at hand to take you safely where you need to go.

Dining & Drinking

For a taste of traditional Dublin try Leo Burdock’s fish and chip shop. This institution has been feeding citizens for over 100 years a stone’s throw away from Christchurch Cathedral. For something a little more sophisticated check out celebrity chef Dylan McGrath’s restaurant Fade Street Social in the heart of the city. Afterwards why try one of Dublin’s famous drinking establishments, such as Grogan’s or The Stag’s Head. And make sure to treat yourself to a fresh and creamy pint of Guinness. After all, when in Rome...

Coffee Break

An army may march on its stomach, but the world of hi-tech is often fuelled by coffee. Dublin’s coffee scene has been transformed over the past number of years and now stunningly tasty brews can be found throughout the city. Coffee Angel has a handful of mobile locations across the city. But if you want to use your coffee to wash down some good food, visit The Fumbally where both go hand-in-hand. Finally, visit Vice Coffee Inc if you want to experience the epicentre of Dublin’s specialty coffee scene.

Hidden Gems

While tourists will flock to the likes of the Guinness Storehouse and Dublin Zoo or take a peak at the Book of Kells, there are many hidden gems that even many Dubliners have never seen. Check out the Freemasons’ Hall in the heart of the city. This marvellous building is steeped in symbolism and its Victorian design will truly delight. Another gem is Marsh’s Library, Ireland’s oldest public library, which has remained relatively untouched since it was founded over 300 years ago. Finally, while it requires a short trip outside the city centre the perfectly but deceivingly proportioned Casino in Marino has long been acknowledged as Ireland’s finest neoclassical jewel from the 18th century. What you see on the outside is a grand illusion that will be blown apart once you enter the building. It is well worth the time to visit.

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