Tour With Locals: Dublin, Ireland

April 20 - April 21 9:00 - 19:00 CET Dublin, Ireland
GBD Innovation Club invites professionals from neighboring geographic areas to join the Local Tour to Dublin, Ireland to discover its central district, get acquainted with the DublinTown BID team and meet local expertes


Day 1// April 20

09h30 Welcome Speech by Richard Guiney, CEO of Dublin Town

Venue: Offices of Dublin Town 43-45 Middle Abbey St. Dublin 1, D01X8R2

Speaker: Richard Guiney, CEO of Dublin Town

DublinTown BID is the collective voice of businesses in Dublin city centre, working to create a better city experience for all.  The district is 2.5km long and 1.5km at its widest point and is home of 2,200 businesses and more than 50,000 employees.  The role of DublinTown is to increase footfall and enhance the city experience for visitors, residents and city workers.


11h00 Dublin a Sustainable City

Venue: Offices of Codema, 2-4 Crown Alley Dublin D02 Dublin, D02 TK74

Speakers: Dr. Sabina Dekker, Climate Action Co-ordinator Dublin City Council & Katie Harrington Public Engagement Manager, Codema

Codema is Company established by the Dublin region’s for Local Authorities to accelerate Dublin’s low-carbon transition through innovative, local level energy and climate change research, planning, engagement and project delivery, in order to mitigate the effects of climate change and improve the lives citizens.  Codema is developing Ireland’s first large-scale district heating networks.  The objective is to supply homes and businesses in the Dublin area with low-carbon, renewable heat.  It is currently working on an Energy Master Plan for the entire Dublin region, which will be first of its kind in Europe and will provide evidenced based solutions for reducing carbon emissions towards 2030 and 2050. 

In 2019, Dublin City Council published its Climate Change Action Plan for 2019-2024. It aims to ensure that operations and public service delivery in the city are not contributing to climate change and building climate resilience instead. 


13h00 Networking Lunch


14h30: Dublin Docklands

Venue: Dublin Docklands Authority 7 Exchange Place, D01 X5X0

Speaker:  Karl Mitchell, Director of Services Dublin City Council

Dublin Docklands strategy to turn the area into a world-class city quarter paragon of sustainable inner-city regeneration – one in which the whole community enjoys the highest standards of accesses to education, employment, housing and social amenity and which delivered a major contribution to the social and economic prosperity of Dublin and the whole of Ireland.  The Dublin Docklands Development Authority was created by the Dublin Docklands Development Authority Act 1997 to lead a major project of physical, social and economic regeneration in the East side of Dublin.  The DDA will provide an update on occupancy, demand and future plans within the district which is home to several European Headquarters of international tech companies and the Irish branches of several financial services businesses.


16h30 Guinness Store House Visit

The Guinness Storehouse is an opportunity to experience the history, heart and soul of Ireland’s most iconic beer.  Located in the heart of St. James’s Gate, the Guinness Storehouse building was once the fermentation plant of the brewery.  Today, as you make your way through the space, you can explore the ingredients, history, and culture that tell the Guinness story.  The visit culminates in the gravity bar where you can envoya a pint of the black stuff.


19h30 Networking Dinner

Day 2// April 21

09h30 Dublin Central Redevelopment

Venue: Offices of Dublin Town 43-45 Middle Abbey St. Dublin 1, D01X8R2

Speaker: Edward Dobbs, Development Manager, Hammerson

Dublin Central is one of Dublin’s largest regeneration projects on a  2.2 ha (5.5 acre) site.  It will act as a catalyst for further economic growth and redevelopment in the north inner-city.

The entire masterplan area represents an opportunity to appropriately regenerate a historic part of Dublin, while ensuring its long-standing traditions and important heritage can be retained and celebrated. Masterplan proposals include two new public squares, new pedestrian routes and the restoration of historically important laneways. It ensures the area around Nos. 14–17 Moore Street, a National Monument due to its role in the Easter Rising, is appropriately restored. Dublin Central is committed to its sustainability approach, as Hammerson focuses on meeting its ambitious target of becoming Net Positive for carbon, water, resource use and social impacts by 2030. Dublin Central is set to be one of Dublin’s most sustainable mixed-use developments.


11h00 Talbot District Regeneration

Venue : Offices of Dublin Town 43-45 Middle Abbey St. Dublin 1, D01X8R2.

Speaker: Sean Harrington, Architect

Talbot Street is a traditional retail district in Dublin city.  It is struggling at present given changing tastes and consumer preferences.  DublinTown is working with local architect Sean Harrington to come up with plans to re-imagine the district and change engagement with it.  This involves assess new uses including arts and cultural uses, designs for public spaces and better linkages to other developments and other vibrant city districts.


12h30 Networking Lunch


14h00 Visit Dublin Central/Talbot Street Area


16h30 Dublin Literary Pub Tour

For those staying with us for the evening : a tour of famous Dublin pubs with literary links to the great Dublin writers who have earned Dublin the status of a UNESCO City of Literature.