We hope you will enjoy your time in Galway and have organised a number of activities as part of the Conference Programme. These can be booked on line with your registration, numbers are limited for Wednesday afternoon options and will be offered on a first booked basis.
Icebreaker (Sunday May 14)
The icebreaker will take place in the Bailey Allen Hall at NUI Galway. This is included in your registration fee. Please tick only if you will attend. The icebreaker will include some of Irelands best seafood along with a specially brewed ICMSS17 beer!
Wednesday Afternoon Trips (May 17th):
Option 1: Killary Fjord Boat Trip & Farm Visit
A visit to Killary Fjord Shellfish mussel farm provides an opportunity to experience firsthand the growing techniques, husbandry and processing of rope grown mussels. The tour has two elements; the first is a trip by boat to the long-lines to view the growing stages of mussels and a brief history of mussel farming on Killary Harbour. Then back to shore where the processing techniques and depuration are explained. For those who wish, oysters are available to sample with a little glass of white wine.
Option 2: Killary Fjord Boat Trip
The Killary Fjord Boat Cruise offers a great way to take in the dramatic sweep of the landscape as you pass between the Twelve Bens and the Maam Turk mountains in Con Galway as well as the views out to the Atlantic at the mouth of the fjord. The fjord’s sheltered waters are perfect for mussel farming and you will see the ropes at several points on the fjord. You will also see some circular salmon farms, closer to the shore. The cruise starts at Nancy’s Point, just West of Leenane Village, on the South side of the Killary. The total duration is 90 minutes.
Option 3: Cliffs of Moher - This tour makes its way through the limestone Burren (home to 75% of Ireland's flora) to the 200-metre high, 8kms long Cliffs of Moher. Enjoy stunning views over the Atlantic Ocean and the Aran Islands and take your time to soak up the natural beauty of the Cliffs of Moher. We return via the Coast Road with fabulous views of Galway Bay making a short stop to walk atop the lunar like landscape of the Burren and take in sights such as Leprechaun Head before returning to Galway.
13:30 Depart Galway and begin your trip to the Cliffs of Moher via Kinvara and Dun Guaire Castle, then on to Ballyvaughan.Your local driver guide will explain the history, and geology of the area.
15:00 Arrive at the Cliffs of Moher. This is the highlight of the day with ample time to walk the cliff edge and enjoy one of the most incredible natural sites in the world!
17:00 Depart Cliffs of Moher returning to Galway via the Coast Road with spectacular views over the Aran Islands and Galway Bay.
19:00 Arrive back in Galway
Option 4: Galway City Walking Tour
Following in the footsteps of Columbus we take the historical trail into the cultural heart of Galway where you can truly feel the pulse of this energetic and artistic city. Tour highlights include St. Nicholas Collegiate Church, the Lynch Memorial Window, the old town wall, Eyre Square and Kennedy Park. Famous for its pubs, festivals and lively entertainment scene, Galway is celebrated as the youthful, fun-loving and cultural capital of the west of Ireland. Described by Yeats as the Venice of the west, the City is beautifully located on the banks of the River Corrib as it flows on its short but rapid course from Lough Corrib into Galway Bay. Recognized as a regional centre for the Irish language, Galway is also a vibrant University City frequented by artists, actors, writers and musicians alike.
Conference Gala Dinner (Thursday May 18)
The Gala Dinner will be held in the Radisson Hotel. Dinner will be a full service menu with entertainment, wine included. Dress smart/casual. Optional extra and can be booked with your registration. Bring your dancing shoes!! Entertainment will be provided by Carmel Dempsey, one of Galway's best know musical performers - a distinguished musician, a talented singer and a great sense of humour. Be prepared to be entertained by some of Galway's finest singers and dancers with lots of audience participation.