Applied Industrial Optics

25 July 2022 – 27 July 2022

Ashling Hotel Dublin
Dublin, Ireland


Our Neighbourhood

Ashling Hotel is set in Parkgate Street Dublin 8, a quaint, rejuvenated area of Dublin, surrounded by Stoneybatter, Europe's largest enclosed park Phoenix Park and home to Ireland’s iconic black beer, Guinness. Ashling Hotel is surrounded by “old Dublin”, filled with history and culture, quaint cafés and unique shops. History was made in this area of Dublin, from the Kilmainham Jail, and the medieval Christ Church Cathedral, which people can still visit today for both solo and guided tours. Get an insight into Viking history at Dublinia or some native talent at the Irish Museum of Modern Art.

The neighbourhood is loved by both visitors and locals alike, for its wonderfully unique shops and restaurants, historical sites, visitor centres, transport links and close proximity to Dublin City Centre.

The neighbourhood, with its ever-evolving amenities and established communities is steeped in Dublin history and has a number of close by historical attractions; Collins Barracks, Four Courts, Guinness Brewery and a number of famous whiskey distilleries.

Also known as the Liberties district, Dublin 8 still holds dear that retro “Old Dublin” vibe. Down the cobblestoned streets, artisans showcase and sell local Irish produce from food, jewellery, beauty, clothing and home baking. In this area of Dublin traditional trades and industries such as distilling, brewing, knitting, and baking flourished. Visitors and locals are still privileged to see this today, with the Smithfield’s open markets.

LGBTQ+ Guide to Dublin

Dublin is famous for its welcoming, inclusive vibe and its thriving LGBTQ+ scene is no exception; you'll find it full of colour, character and fun. More than ever before, since Ireland voted to become the first country to pass the same-sex marriage referendum in 2015, Dublin has come into its own as an emerging European gay capital. With the celebration of this monumental day still visible throughout the city, discover where to go and what not to miss.

What to see

A trip to the city wouldn’t be complete without visiting one of Dublin's most famous writers. Make a pilgrimage to Oscar Wilde's memorial statue in Merrion Square Park, right across the street from Wilde’s childhood home on this beautiful Georgian square. The park itself is well worth a wander through too.

Nearby, if you’re interested in history The Irish Queer Archive at the National Library of Ireland holds the most comprehensive collection of material relating to LGBTQ+ history and literature in the country. A short stroll away, visit the stunning Dublin Castle buildings and courtyard, a beautiful and historic landmark where huge crowds gathered in May 2015 to witness the declaration of the Marriage Equality referendum result. Here you’ll find vast castle grounds and gardens; museums including the Chester Beatty (with its diverse collections from across Asia, the Middle East, North Africa and Europe); and even the odd Hollywood star – shows such as Penny Dreadful and The Tudors have been filmed here in recent years.

On the city’s north side, check out Outhouse on Capel Street, a not-for-profit LGBTQ+ community and resource centre which acts as a lively cultural hub with theatre space and events. The building also houses a newly refurbished library stocked with classic LGBTQ+ literature. Should you wish to explore the capital’s illustrious literary tradition a little more, the Dublin Writers Museum is the perfect place to spend an afternoon. Learn about writers such as Oscar Wilde, James Joyce and Brendan Behan and read about their impact on international literature, as well as finding out about their favourite haunts.

For those seeking outdoor adventure and activities, Out and About is Dublin’s lesbian and gay hillwalking group who take regular excursions to the Wicklow Mountains where you can enjoy unrivalled views of the city. Out2Tennis, meanwhile, is Ireland’s gay tennis network who organize social events and tournaments.