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Pre and Post Conference Tours

Pre and Post Conference tours have been organised to enable delegates to explore Ireland and Ireland’s waterways further.

The pre and post conference tours are offered for an additional fee. Minimum numbers are required before the 30th June 2018, for the tours to go ahead. Booking is now open.

PRE Conference Tour

7-9 September 2018: beginning in Dublin and ending at the conference hotel in Athlone. Accommodation is 3 or 4 star ensuite.

Pre Tour Start Point:

10:30 am Coach Park Dublin Airport


11 am Waterways Ireland Docklands Office, Grand Canal Dock 

Pre Tour End Point:

Conference Hotel, Athlone

*Please note that a detailed itinarery will be sent to all participants prior to arrival. If you have any queries in the meantime please contact  

The pre-conference tour will take in 5000 years of history from the Megalithic Passage Tomb Monuments of Bru na Boinne through to lake, river and canal navigations across Ireland as well as some fun stops in the Guinness storehouse and dining afloat!

On Friday the tour will be based in Dublin, taking in the Grand Canal Dock by boat, a tour of the Guinness Storehouse and lunch. Delegates will stay north of the city overnight.

On Saturday the tour will take in the partial restored Boyne Navigation and move on to the World Heritage site at Bru Na Boinne for a guided tour of the Megalithic Passage Tombs of Newgrange and Knowth and other ancient monuments. The group will overnight on Lough Erne with an optional boat trip around the island town of Enniskillen.

On Sunday the trip will continue on the Royal Canal with a tour of 200yr old Richmond Harbour, the Clondra canal,  lock and Omar Lockhouse and cross over onto the Shannon to view the operation of the lock and lifting bridge at Tarmonbarry. The tour will arrive in Athlone mid-afternoon.

Single Occupancy Cost

Double Occupancy Cost



Post Conference Tour

13-15 September 2018: beginning at the conference hotel in Athlone and ending in Dublin or Belfast. Accommodation is 3 or 4 star ensuite.

Post Tour Start Point:

9:00 am Conference Hotel, Athlone

Post Tour end Point:

4:35pm Coach Park, Dublin Airport  


5:30pm Bus Aras, Dublin

*Please note that a detailed itinerary will be sent to all participants prior to arrival. If you have any queries in the meantime please contact  

The post-conference tour will take delegates on tour of working and unrestored waterway  infrastructure projects and tourism of the 18th 19th and 20th century including to Belfast, the Lonely Planet’s Number 1 Destination for 2018 and home of the Titanic experience.

On Thursday the tour will stop briefly on the Royal Canal in Dublin to view  the urban waterway and aqueduct through a major road infrastructure scheme before moving northwards to the unrestored Union Locks on the Lagan Navigation. An overnight in Belfast will be followed on Friday by a tour of the Titanic experience, including the Titanic tender, the Nomadic. With a free afternoon delegates can extend their Titanic visit, or take a black taxi tour of the murals or explore other part of Northern Ireland or Belfast. On Saturday there will be a visit to the private Ram’s Island on Lough Neagh, the largest lake in Great Britain and Ireland.  Restored entirely by volunteers, it is testimony to what voluntary effort can achieve. Sand extraction is a major business on Lough Neagh; and sand barges operate near the island; we hope to see them in operation. On the return journey to Dublin a working section of the Newry Canal will be explored. The coach will drop delegates at Dublin Airport and in the City Centre.

Single Occupancy Cost

Double Occupancy Cost



Sponsorship & Exhibition Opportunities

If you would like to find out more information on becoming a sponsor or exhibitor, please contact:
Colm O’Grady, Commerical Director
Conference Partners Ltd,
T: +353 1 296 7254

Further Information

For further information on accommodation, social programme and registration please contact:
Conference Partners International
T: + 353 1 296 8688
If you would like further information on the programme, please contact: