TUI's Annual Congress 2014 takes place in the Newpark Hotel, Kilkenny from 22nd to 24th April
Click here to download a list of important dates to the event
Live Streaming of Congress speeches
We will be live streaming key speeches from Annual Congress this year as follows:
Tuesday 22nd April
12 noon – General Secretary’s address
1:55pm – President’s address
Wednesday 23rd April
12:15pm – Minister for Education's speech and President’s response
To watch the live stream click here or on the 'Watch Live' button at the top left of this page.
Child care facilities will be available at a registered local crèche, but places are limited. Bookings will open in February 2014 and MUST BE MADE BY 7TH MARCH 2014.
Please note that bookings must be made by this date. No bookings will be possible after the 7th March 2014. Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Click here to download form.
The Golf Society will be taking bookings for its annual Congress Tournament which will take place in the afternoon of Wednesday 23rd April. Further details will be available at their stand from Tuesday 22nd.
Newpark Hotel Parking
Overflow parking has been organised with Kilkenny College next door to the Newpark.
There is a one-way system in place for the car park whereby cars must enter through the Glendine entrance and exit through the Newpark Hotel Exit. This will be signposted.
We are thrilled that so many delegates have signed up to avail of the medical tests, which Cornmarket have kindly co-sponsored and helped to organise.
E mails with dates and times of appointments will be sent the week before Congress to all those who registered their interest. For the most accurate results, delegates should fast for 8-10 hours before the test and avoid all liquids except water.
Please arrive at the Cornmarket Stand at Congress a few minutes before your appointment. They will direct you to the area where the tests will be conducted. Results of blood tests will be given to you at the end of the appointment, which should take about 15 minutes.
If you are unable to attend your appointment, please let Cornmarket know as early as possible.
Tours organised for Wednesday 23rd April
The ‘TUI Congress TOURS’ stand will be taking bookings throughout the day on Tuesday and on Wednesday morning at TUI Congress, if you are interested in attending any of these tours, which will take place on the afternoon on Wednesday 23rd April please visit the stand to advise the stand holders of your interest as early as possible, to ensure your place. Transportation to and from the Newpark hotel is included.
TOUR 1- DUNMORE CAVE
History and geology blend at Dunmore Cave to give an interesting and unique situation. Consisting of a series of chambers formed over millions of years, the cave contains some of the finest calcite formations found in any Irish cave. The cave has been known to man for many centuries and is first mentioned in the 9th century Irish Triads. The most interesting reference however, comes from the Annals which tells of a Viking massacre at the cave in the year 928 A.D. Archaeological finds within the cave confirm Viking activity. Exhibitions and displays can be viewed in the Visitor Centre. The cave is inaccessible for wheelchair users.
This tour will last for 1 hour there is also an Interactive Virtual Museum on-site.
For additional information: please see www.heritageireland.ie/en/south-east/dunmorecave
TOUR 2 – KILKENNY WALKING TOUR WITH PAT TYNAN
FOLLOWED BY GUIDED TOUR OF KILKENNY CASTLE
This enchanting Walking Tour will take you through Kilkenny's Medieval Mile stopping at some of Kilkenny's iconic sites with our guides bringing to life the history and stories of this unique city.
To enjoy the real Kilkenny experience take the Walking Tour and hear about the famous Butler family, the great Merchant Families, the Mayor who had 25 children, meet the witch Dame Alice Kyteler, learn about rhymes, taverns, crime, punishments and much more... Discover a city of 9 churches, 2 Cathedrals and between 70 to 80 Pubs.
Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
KILKENNY CASTLE stands dramatically on a strategic height that commands a crossing on the River Nore and dominates the 'High Town' of Kilkenny City. Over the eight centuries of its existence, many additions and alterations have been made to the fabric of the building, making Kilkenny Castle today a complex structure of various architectural styles. The buildings have been in the care of the Office of Public Works since 1969, and many important programmes of archaeological excavation, conservation, and restoration have been carried out there.
TOUR 3 – CASTLECOMER DISCOVERY PARK
The Discovery Park has been listed as ‘One of the Three Best Family Attractions in Leinster’ 2012 & 2013,
Included in the tour:
(i) Tree Top Walk
(ii) Leap of Faith Climbing Wall
(iii) Coal Mining Museum
Set in the former grounds of the Wandesforde Estate, Castlecomer Discovery Park is located about 20km north of Kilkenny City. It comprises 80 acres of stunning natural woodland and lakes and began as a community project to rejuvenate the town of Castlecomer following the closure of the coal mines in 1969. This relatively ‘young’ park opened to the public in 2007 with the launch of the Coal Mining Exhibition, Visitor Centre and Design Craft studios which are located in the former stable yard. This beautiful Park continues to evolve and is actively developing a range of exciting recreational, cultural and educational activities for visitors of all ages. Recently launched attractions include a Tree Top Adventure Walk, a ‘Leap of Faith’ experience and a Climbing Wall.
For additional information please see: www.discoverypark.ie