Global Forum on Responsible Leather
Travel Information

Most international visitors will want to fly into Dublin Airport (DUB) as Kilkenny is about a 2-hour journey from Dublin and has no international airport. Note: At the end of the conference when departing from Dublin Airport on an international flight, it is recommended that you arrive at the airport at least 3 hours before your flight.

Required Travel Documents
You are responsible for securing any necessary travel documents to enter the country. To enter Ireland, you need a valid passport. In general, passports must be valid for the duration of your stay and it is recommended that you have at least one blank page remaining in your passport. You should also travel with proof of your conference registration and hotel booking. Some nationalities will also need a Visa (see below).

UK citizens do not require a passport to enter Ireland, but carriers by air or sea require some form of identification with a photograph (usually either a passport or driving license with photo). EU citizens are required to have a passport or national identity card; while citizens of all other countries must have a valid passport. ALWAYS check what form of ID is required with your individual airline, ferry company or travel agent before traveling.

 VISA REQUIREMENTS: Check the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration website to see if you need a Visa to travel to Ireland.

( If one is needed, it is recommended that you submit your visa request at least eight weeks before you travel.

If you are required to apply for a Visa and need a letter from the event organizer, email a request for the letter (including what information it must contain) to

Options for Transportation from Dublin Airport to Kilkenny

BY RAIL: Take a taxi from the Dublin Airport to Dublin Heuston train station for service to Kilkenny (MacDonagh) station. Estimated one-way fare is €16. Visit Irish Rail for more information. You will then need to take a taxi from the Kilkenny MacDonagh station to the Lyrath Estate Hotel. There is a taxi rank outside the station.

BY BUS: JJ Kavanagh & Sons, Route 717 from Dublin Airport (Bus Stop 13, Zone 14 - follow the signs to the Coach Park). Approximate travel time is two hours. Estimated fare €20 one-way. For more information and tickets click here. Recommended stop in Kilkenny is the Glendine Inn where you can easily request a taxi to the Lyrath Estate.  

BY CAR HIRE: A list of Car Hire companies in Dublin Airport can be found here.