Bring your badges – they are your tickets! You must have enough “E’s” on your badge to cover you and any guests to go to the excursion. Similarly you must have enough “B’s” on your badge to cover you and any guests for the banquet.
Lunch on Tuesday: From 13.30 a packed lunch will be available from the catering area (for all attendees). Buses for the excursion depart at 14.00 (see below). You can eat in 30 minutes or bring your lunch with you and have it at Powerscourt. Please don’t eat on the buses 🙂
Bus Logistics: All buses depart UCD O’Reilly car park.
Coaches will leave UCD at 2pm, going to Powerscourt house/gardens (excursion). At 16:20 they will depart for Powerscourt Waterfall (also part of the excursion). At 17:30 they will depart for Taylor’s Three Rock (banquet). For those who will not be attending the banquet, one coach will bring you back to UCD, leaving Taylor’s around 18.15.
Banquet only (i.e., not going on the excursion): One double-decker bus will leave UCD at 5.30pm going to Taylor’s.
Return Coaches will leave Taylor’s at 22.00, returning to UCD.
More Excursion information: If you aren’t a walker or one who strolls, you are welcome to have a coffee on the patio or in the garden – there are benches. There is also a nice gift shop. There are of course several walks. We will be handing out maps. The Blue route is short and flat. Don’t forget to be back at the busses at 16:10 for a 16:20 departure!
Excursion & Banquet Details
The ITiCSE Excursion will be to County Wicklow (Irish: Chill Mhantáin). Wicklow is known as “The Garden of Ireland” and home of the excursion destination – the Powerscourt Estate (Eastát Chúirt an Phaoraigh) in the picturesque village of Enniskerry (Áth na Sceire). Enniskerry is (most recently) famous as a main film location for Disney’s Disenchanted (2022). At the centre of the estate is Powerscourt House, which was originally a 13th century castle. Today the grounds include world-class formal gardens (voted 3rd best garden in the world by National Geographic) including over 47 acres of formal gardens, sweeping terraces, statues and ornamental lakes, secret hollows and rambling walk. We will also visit the Powerscourt Waterfall (Eas Chonaill). At 121m (397 ft) it is (depending on who you talk to) the highest waterfall in Ireland. The estate also contains a distillery, gift shops, cafe, golf course, hotel, and more.
The ITiCSE Banquet will be held at Taylor’s Thatched Pub for an evening of bia, deoch agus craic – That’s food, drink and fun – for those of you who haven’t yet brushed up on your Irish. Complete with live Irish dancing, a live Irish band (or two) and more than a touch of folklore. Taylor’s is a traditional pub, restaurant, and entertainment venue, all in one – and you’ll experience all!