Visiting Dublin

DUBLIN
Visas may be required to visit Ireland and the application form is available at:
Before we discuss anything else, would anyone staying for the weekend (hopefully most of you!) who may be interested in a Saturday morning Business Ethicists Guided Tour of Dublin let us know by email and how many may be in your party?
Other things worth doing which we can see about a group discount on if you suggest you may be interested:
  • Dublinia & Christ Church Cathedral (exhibition of Viking Dublin)  http://www.dublinia.ie/
  • Guinness Storehouse http://www.guinness-storehouse.com/en
  • Jameson Whiskey (a certain Prof from Florida by the name of Bob is an expert and we will delegate all responsibility for the aftermath of whiskey sampling to him!!) We are hoping he does his own sampling (it is a research conference after all!) after he speaks on a few topics including  Assessing Ethical Integrity and the Communication Indicators of Organizational Integrity Model
Many of the other places worth seeing are owned by the State – museums, galleries et al – and have no entrance fee so don’t need a group attending to get a good price! Most are a short walk from TCD so the location will allow you to meander around at your own pace.
For those of you who appreciate literature (and enough of you at wonderful Tampere for RC 2010 enquired),  BLOOMSDAY made known by James Joyce’s easy to read Ulysses is celebrated on June 16th, but events will be held during the weekend after the conference.
William Butler Yeats, George Bernard Shaw, Samuel Becket and Seamus Heaney have all won the Nobel prize for Literature
and
and of course Oscar Wilde
whose quote
“Life is much too important a thing ever to talk seriously about it.”
— “Vera, of The Nihilists”

should not deter us from hearty debate at our conference!
Whilst the following quotes from Oscar are obviously entirely inappropriate for our meeting:
“The public have an insatiable curiosity to know everything, except what is worth knowing.”
— “The Soul of Man Under Socialism”
“No man is rich enough to buy back his past.”
Indeed! Some Irish property developers and bankers may endorse that last suggestion! Extraordinarily (or not?) some of Ireland’s wealthiest business people are now amongst the nations poorest, with liabilities considerably exceeding assets.
The international focus has been on banks and economy but apart from banks and related debts and smaller firms who are struggling as banks that say they are lending not doing so, many of the other firms in the economy are doing well, particularly those exporting, so there are many strengths including a skilled workforce that future growth will be built on.
But many of the previous high flyers who thought a property cycle could only go in one direction, are in effect bankrupt.
Perhaps we should run a session on WHY DO THE WEALTHY HAVE TO BECOME WEALTHIER? AND IN SO DOING RISK LOSING ALL, AND NOT JUST THAT MONETARILY MEASURABLE?
Many have experienced similar situations before and little seems to change.
Perhaps we should discuss this as little seems to change?
Maybe Oscar Wilde again has an appropriate suggestion:
“The more one analyses people, the more all reasons for analysis disappear. Sooner of later one comes to that dreadful universal thing called human nature.”
— “The Decay of Lying”
ANY OTHER SUGGESTIONS WOULD OF COURSE BE WELCOMED. THIS IS YOUR CONFERENCE AND WE WANT YOU TO MAKE THE MOST OF THE OPPORTUNITY.
PLEASE DON’T LEAVE DUBLIN FEELING SOMETHING IMPORTANT THAT COULD HAVE BEEN DISCUSSED WASN’T.
Business Ethics is not very well developed in Ireland and we have much to learn from you.
On a more light-hearted note, Prof Uma Narain from Mumbai promised last year to personally host the literary tour of Dublin!!
and perhaps:
We would also recommend
especially their insider guide:
And 20 things to do:
with Chapter One one of our favourite Dublin restaurants, Michelin star yet relative value especially their pre-theatre menu
For those of you interested in sport, try and get to a game of HURLING or GAELIC FOOTBALL.
There may just be a big match on in the 80,000 seat Croke Park stadium in Dublin.
Whilst there are ocasional Friday night and more regular Saturday afternoon matches, most big matches have a 330pm kickoff on Sunday, often preceded by a youth match at 1.30pm, so those of you sports oriented who would like to see HURLING – the world’s fastest field game and second fastest team game in the world (after Prof Jim Wishloff’s beloved ice hockey; who are the Olympic champions, Jim?) or one of the world’s most exciting football games, GAELIC FOOTBALL (a sort of cross between soccer and rugby but closer to Aussie Rules), maybe don’t book to leave until after Sunday aftrenoon.
Croke Park is slightly nearer the airport so it would be possible to get to a game nd fly out n Sunday evening. We will know closer to the time what matches may be on.
Details at http://www.gaa.ie/
Of course our efforts will be devoted to ensuring you all contribute to and benefit from the conference as much as possible, but we are Irish and we want to ensure you enjoy your visit as much as possible!
THATS IT FOR THE MOMENT!
Hopefully you will consider spending the weekend or beyond in Dublin or perhaps further afield too!!! We can provide suggestions for a longer stay – including some great two or three day rail based holidays which allow you to see different parts of this picturesque country quite easily.
One of the papers at the conference from Prof Ruud Welten is on Integrity in the Hospitality Industry, so not only do we look forward to welcoming you to Dublin but hopefully you will find the integrity of our hospitality industry up to par!! Which reminds me, the golf is great!
Finally and critically, Failte Ireland(Welcome Ireland), who guide and support the development of a sustainable tourism sector in Ireland, have been very supportive of the conference and EBEN Ireland’s ambitions to promote business integrity in Ireland.
Their website is:
Ruud, amongst others including Lilian Wanderley, Rob Bongaerts and your friends from Recife, Brasil, who will also be speaking on tourism related matters, you may enjoy this:
Cead Mile Failte -100,000 welcomes!

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