Getting excited for IOL 2017 in Dublin? Read on to learn more about the facilities and the plan for your stay at Dublin City University.
DAY 1: SUNDAY, 30th JULY
On Sunday you’ll arrive at DCU from Dublin Airport. You’ll go to DCU Accommodation and get given your room swipe card. The swipe card gives you access to the main door, apartment door and then your own specific bedroom. Most accommodation is on a twin / triple basis with an ensuite bathroom. Most of the apartments have a shared living space and kitchen.
DCU is located in the Glasnevin neighbourhood of Dublin’s Northside. The campus is bordered by the beautiful Albert College Park, and is only a short bus ride away from Dublin city centre. If you travel from DCU to city centre, be sure to keep an eye out for gorgeous views of the Wicklow Mountains to the south!
DAY 2: MONDAY, 31st JULY
Monday starts bright and early with registration beginning at 9:00am in the foyer of The Helix. The Helix is one of Dublin’s multipurpose theatres and is located right on DCU’s campus. Look out for the helical staircase that gives the building its name! The opening ceremony will take place in the Helix’s theatre at 2pm.
In the evening you can try your hand at Gaelic football. The traditional Irish pastime of Gaelic Football (or GAA) is a core part of the Irish identity for many. GAA is field game combining skills from soccer, rugby and Australian rules football played throughout the whole Island and further afield.
During the session you will learn and master some of the basic skills of GAA including catching, passing, shooting, soloing (dribbling). So prepare for an evening of fun and games as you master the skills of the ancient Irish game of GAA!
DAY 3: TUESDAY, 1st AUGUST
Get your brain into high gear on Tuesday when the competition begins! The individual competition will happen in rooms T101 and HG20. After a long day of competition, you can relax with a lecture in the evening in QG13.
DAY 4: WEDNESDAY, 2nd AUGUST
Wednesday will transport you back in time to Ireland’s ancient past. You will join us on an excursion to the Boyne Valley, home to Trim Castle and the site of the Battle of the Boyne. Trim Castle is the largest Norman castle in Ireland. If you think it looks familiar, it’s probably because it was featured in the movie Braveheart! The Battle of the Boyne took place in 1690 and determined the religious fate of Ireland. A second lecture will take place in T101 in the evening along with the preliminary round of Jeopardy (ahead of main event Thursday night).
DAY 5: THURSDAY, 3rd AUGUST
On Thursday, the Team Competition will take place from 09.00-13.00 in a local secondary schools called St. Aidan’s. We’ll all meet outside the Helix that morning to walk you the 5 minutes down the road. In the evening, Drago and Laura will bring their annual Jeopardy competition to QG13!
DAY 6: FRIDAY, 4th AUGUST
The last day of IOL will be spent back in the Helix in Mahony Hall. We’ll start in the morning by reviewing the solutions. Then, there will be a celebration of the completion of the competition with the Closing Ceremony. Then, break out your dancing shoes for a traditional Irish ceili before dinner!