Banking and Currency
The Euro (€) is the currency in use in Ireland. Visa and Master Card are all widely accepted in pubs, shops and restaurants throughout the country. Traveller’s cheques can be cashed at most hotels and banks.
Bank Opening Hours – Mon, Tues & Fri 10.00-16.00; Wed 10.30-16.00; Thurs 10.00-17.00.
In autumn, (August to October) highest temperatures hit between 13 and 17 degrees Celsius. September is considered a mild, temperate month. Showers can occur at any time of the year.
Delegates are reminded of Ireland’s variable weather (it is why the countryside looks so lush and green!) During the conference we would recommend standard neat attire. Jeans and casual wear are appropriate.
Electric Current: 240 Volts AV Plug type: 3 large flat prong British type plug. BS1363 system.
All conference attendees are advised to arrange private travel insurance. The conference organisers and committee accept no liability for personal accidents or damage to property while in attendance at the conference. The organising committee of ECML PKDD reserves the right to amend and alter the conference programme and events without prior notice and accepts no liability as a result of such actions.
The official language of the congress is English.
General opening hours are Monday-Saturday, 09.00-18.00 with later opening hours on Thursday evenings. Most major stores/shops open on Sunday – some with reduced opening times, 10.30 to 18.00.
Ireland has a strict ban on smoking. Smoking is prohibited in public areas within Ireland including all bars, nightclubs and restaurants. If required you should enquire whether your accommodation bedroom is a smoking or non-smoking room. Please use the smoking areas designated outside venues.
Value Added Tax (VAT) is charged at 23% on most goods when purchased in a store. Further details about whether you can claim back your tax together with the process are available here.
Tipping is a generally accepted practice in restaurants, bars, taxis and hotel porters. A service charge may be included in some restaurants and should be stated on the menu, but otherwise this is a discretionary item.
Telecommunications / Cell Phones
For international delegates, only digital phones with GSM subscriptions and a roaming agreement will work on the island of Ireland. Visitors should consult with their supplier before departure. Networks widely available are Three, Vodafone and Meteor. The country code for dialling Ireland is +353.