Dublin, the Irish capital, is located on Ireland's East coast and at the mouth of the River Liffey. Originally a Viking settlement, Dublin has grown to be a prominent European city known for its culture, commerce, community and education. With so much on offer, our workshops, seminars and plenary sessions will happen around the city, giving you the chance to experience its sights and sounds.
University College Dublin
With 32,000 students and 1,482, University College Dublin is Ireland's largest university and the 330 acre campus will be our base for the 2018 Conference, just 4km from Dublin City Centre. UCD's brand new student centre will be host to some of our keynote sessions in the Fitzgerald Debating Chamber, a hub of community dialogue and home to UCD's debating societies: the Law Society and the Literary & Historical Society.
Trinity College Dublin
We'll be spending a full day in Trinity College where we'll gather in the historic grounds for workshops and plenary sessions as well as touring the library and seeing the the Book of Kells. Trinity's beautiful Dining Hall will host our civic reception on the final night of the conference.
The theme for CEUC 2018 is Our Ancient Future, an invitation to learn about the history and practice of Celtic spirituality and what it can teach us about ministry in today's Europe. We'll travel South to the Brockagh Community Centre to hear about Ireland's saints and scholars, dine in 'The Writer's Room' at The Wicklow Heather where the walls are adorned with first editions by famous Irish authors and then explore the ancient paths of those who have gone before us in the valley itself.
"Craic agus Ceol"
You'll see the words "Craic Agus Ceol" (the Irish words for "merriment and music") on the window of almost every pub in Ireland and the Irish reputation for music, welcome and entertainment brings millions of tourists to Ireland every year. To make sure you don't miss out, we'll be spending an evening at Johnnie Fox's, Ireland's highest pub and acclaimed restaurant, for food, drinks and traditional Irish music.