With over 209.000 inhabitants, Cork is the second biggest city in the Republic of Ireland and the third-most-populous settlement on the island of Ireland (after Dublin and Belfast). The centre of the town is on an island in the River Lee and is connected to the sea by Cork Harbour.
You can reach Cork by air, train, bus or by ship, although the last mentioned would probably take longest.
During the summer, one can fly to Cork directly from Alicante, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Birmingham, Bordeaux, Boston, Bristol, Budapest, Carcassone, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Dubrovnik, Faro, Gdansk, Glasgow, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Lisbon, Liverpool, London, Madrid, Malaga, Malta, Manchester, Milan, Naples, Newquay, Nice, Palma de Mallorca, Paris, Poznan, Rennes, Southampton, Tenerife, Verona, Wroclaw and Zurich.
You can book your flights via www.corkairport.com/destinations/book-flights.
There is a bus stop in front of the airport terminal building and buses N226 or 226A will take you directly to the town centre (marked BS on the venue map).There is a timetable for the bus routes on www.buseireann.ie. Click on the Airport Services tab and then Cork Airport. The stop is called Parnell Place. Adult cost to the city centre is €6.50 return and €3.90 single.
Another option is using a taxi. Usually, there are many waiting in front of the terminal. The taxi ride should cost €12-€16 but as the traffic into the city can be extremely heavy at peak times you may end up paying double that if you are unlucky.
Most conference participants will probably opt for air travel via Dublin. There is a bus stop at the front of each terminal. Your best option would be travelling with Aircoach, see www.aircoach.ie.
Tickets are available to purchase from the driver as you board, from the customer service staff at Dublin Airport or can be booked online. There are 21 services per day, departing from the Airport on average once in an hour. The last bus leaves the Dublin Airport at 0.25 am and the morning service commences at 06.25 am. The journey is non-stop and takes 3.5 hours and the return tickets cost 30 Euro.
You can also opt for travelling by train, first reaching Heuston train station in Dublin City by bus (takes about 30 minutes, costs about 6 Euro) and then train to Cork. The journey takes 2.5 hours and tickets cost between 20 and 80 Euro for return. You can plan your journey and buy tickets using website www.irishrail.ie.