I was invited by Perception for a FAM trip to Dublin to see Beyonce live at Croke Park, I was one very excited lady!
I met Giovanni, the Aer Lingus Sales Manager at Heathrow Airport along with the other agents attending the trip. The weekend started in the Aer Lingus Business Club Lounge where we had a buffet breakfast and relaxed until our early morning flight.
A quick flight and we were in Dublin. Our coach driver took us straight to the Croke Park Hotel where we were met by the hotels Sales Manager Muireann King, Sinead Heneghan Head of Sales at Croke Park and Mary Browne from the Dublin Convention Bureau. A delicious breakfast was served in the hotels Executive Lounge followed by a site visit of the hotel.
The 4-star Croke Park hotel is part of the Doyle Collection, directly opposite Croke Park stadium. All 232 rooms are modern and feature free WiFi, air-conditioning and flat-screen TVs. All come with minibars, safes, and tea and coffeemaking facilities, as well as work desks. Upgraded rooms add iPod docks, plus access to a club level lounge, boardroom and complimentary breakfast. The hotel offers multi-purpose conference rooms which can each accommodate up to 50 delegates along with a restaurant, fitness centre and a bar/lounge area.
We then moved across for a site visit at Croke Park stadium, the home of the Gaelic Games which offers numerous meeting facilities along with private boxes surrounding the capacity of 82,300. We even caught the band rehearsing for the Beyonce concert. We were then taken 17 storeys high on the roof of the stadium for the Etihad Skyline tour, it was wonderful to see the panoramic city views and amazing landmarks of Dublin combined with the thrill of walking on top of one of Europe’s largest stadiums.
We were then transferred to Fade Social Street in the heart of the city for a delicious tapas lunch and a few glasses of vino! Really quirky food which included salted popcorn with crispy free-range chicken cooked in tapioca flour, rolled in sumac with truffle butter – it was amazing.
Back to hotel to get ready for the Beyonce concert. We had a private box within the stadium with superb views of Beyonce. Food and drink were flowing throughout the evening and Beyonce was amazing, we were shaking our dance moves by the end of the evening!
After a great nights sleep we were taken to Teeling Whiskey distillery for a guided tour. Teeling is the only working distillery in Dublin, the first of its kind to open its doors in over 125 years. It’s Dublin’s newest destination for whiskey fans or for anyone with an interest in Dublin’s long, historical association with Irish whiskey.
We then had a transfer along the coast to a beautiful fishing village called Howth and had lunch at Aqua. A stunning seafood restaurant located at the end of the pier. The food was outstanding. Aqua has consistently won best seafood restaurant in the the National Hospitality Awards and uses the best local ingredients.
After a very full tummy is was time to head back to the airport and back home.
Dublin is an amazing city with so much to offer, a perfect destination for events and incentives offering superb hospitality.
Thank you to Cath Couzens at Perception, Muireann King at Croke Park Hotel, Sinead Heneghan at Croke Park Stadium and Mary Browne from the Dublin Convention Bureau for hosting such a wonderful weekend.