About Dublin:
Dublin is the lively capital of Ireland and the perfect GECCO destination.  It is served by several low-cost airlines, offering a wide range of flight deals, and provides several accommodation options. The social event will take place at Ireland’s No. 1 international visitor attraction, the Guinness Storehouse. More information at:
Dublin TV channel:

About Ireland: 
Why not extend your time in Ireland beyond the GECCO conference? 

Dublin provides an excellent base to explore the four corners of the Emerald Isle.

Members of the NCRA Group at UCD suggest the following places to visit:
Discover Ireland is a great place to find more ideas.
Bus Eireann also offer a number of day trips from Dublin, which are worth considering.

Events in Ireland (10-17 July 2011):
A sample of events taking place in the week around GECCO 2011.
Discover Ireland (updated 14 April) have a more complete list, and here's a handy Calendar for 2011.

Riverdance, (If you don't know what this is, it's a MUST!) Dublin's Gaiety Theatre
Galway Arts Festival, Galway City
Macnas Festival Parade, Galway City
Oxegen Festival, Pop/Rock Music Festival, Naas, Co.Kildare

Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta, Dublin
Darley Irish Oaks, The Curragh, Co. Kildare
Edenderry Canal Fishing Festival,  Co. Offaly
Achill Yawl Sailing, Co. Mayo
If you're feeling active and adventurous...
Hillwalking in Donegal, (Irene insisted we add this one ;-)) Glencolmcille, Co. Dongeal
Jog in the Bog, Tuam, Co. Galway
Ras na Riochta, (Adventure Race) Killorglin, Co. Kerry
The Maxi Marathon, Killarney, Co. Kerry

Samuel Beckett Summer School, Trinity College Dublin
Hill of Tara Lecture Series, Tara, Co. Meath