Venue & Accomodation.
If you haven't seen one of our team presenting or bragging about the venue, you are in for a treat! Sit back (if you aren't already), put the kettle on (if you haven't already - seriously lads, you are coming to Ireland, get in training now!), and let us SPIT SOME FACTS!
For the duration of the 34th EFPSA Congress, we will be in the Breaffy House Resort. The main name attributed is Dominick Browne, born in 1701 and died in 1776, who is mentioned as being one of those responsible for the first phase of building. First taking a traditional Victorian style, Breaffy House was later influenced by the Georgian archetectural style which was becoming commonplace in other Irish cities.
Flash-forwards a few more years, in 1927 (to be exact!), some additions were made throughout the grounds that included a renewed entrances (one gate house is still there), and a man-made pond to the right of the bridge on the avenue into the house, dug after 1900. Now, we have 90 acres of land to work with, and 30,000 square feet of designated Congress space.
We'll just leave these here:
- A grass pitch and a multi-functional Astroturf pitch,
- Basketball court,
- An indoor soccer arena,
- Badminton and tennis courts,
- 60m running tracks,
- Swimming pool,
- Fitness studio
Relaxation and Wellbeing.
- Steam room,
- Turkish mud chamber,
- Floatation rooms,
- Hydrotherapy suite,
- Relaxation suite,
- Tanning studio.
How to get here?
As mentioned, the 34th EFPSA Congress will take place in Breaffy House Resort, in Castlebar, in the heart of County Mayo. Set on 90 acres, the resort consists of 4* Breaffy House Hotel and 3* Breaffy Woods Hotel, only a 2-minute stroll between sister properties and renowned as two of the very best hotels in Mayo.
But first, another fact: Ireland is an Island - Lets get you into the country first, eh?
Flying into Ireland
Ireland has 3 major international airports: Dublin, Cork, and Shannon. There is also a smaller one at 'Knock'. The former makes most sense as it is the home of Ryanair, Europe’s biggest low-cost air-carrier as well as Aer Lingus, our national flag carrier. Both Ryanair and Aer Lingus have an extensive network of destinations in Europe and the rest of the world.
All of the other, while possibly closer to the venue geographically, have way more expensive flights and even worse connections. Dublin is the epicentre of Ireland when it comes to transport. All roads go to and from the "big smoke" (as Dublin is called by the rest of Ireland).
Dublin airport is well connected with the city centre by Dublin Bus, Airlink, Aircoach, etc. (https://www.dublinairport.com/to-from-the-airport/by-bus/dublin-buses).
There is also an international airport in Belfast in the United Kingdom, with many routes from Europe (mostly by EasyJet, Jet2 and Ryanair). The same as for Cork, Shannon and Knock airports applies here as well with the added uncertainty of what will happen with Brexit. Moreover, Northern Ireland is a different country and you might require an entirely separate visa.
Note from Org.Com
We would strongly recommend flying into Dublin and making use of the EFPSA bus. The reasons are simple:
Dublin will have the biggest range of options in terms of flights, it will most likely have the cheapest flights too, and you get to hang out in Dublin before/after should you choose to come earlier/stay longer.
The EFPSA buses will be the only direct route to the venue. While there are other options described below, all of them will be more complicated and more expensive.
It’s often said the easiest way to get around and experience Ireland in the best way possible is road tripping. While bus and train lines are fairly regular and connect cities and towns, rural areas and some of the touristy spots can be hard to reach using public transport (but there are also many companies that offer day tours from all major cities in Ireland). If you wish to rent a car, there are a few things to keep in mind:
- You might need some time to get used to driving on the left side of the road if you were not previously familiar with it
- The country roads (the area around the venue included) are often very narrow with many turns and corners
- The rental companies in Ireland are somewhat on the expensive side and have some annoying policies. See below a quote from the Irish Car Hire info website:
- "Drivers under 25 must have held their full license for at least 24 months prior to the date of pick up. The minimum age to rent a vehicle is 21 years (maximum 75). Drivers under 25, i.e. drivers aged 21,22, 23 or 24 are subject to an insurance surcharge of 25 Euro per day and drivers 70 or over are subject to an insurance surcharge of 25 Euro per day. All drivers under 25 and over 70 are liable for the first 1,200 Euro of damage to the car (excess). The surcharge is paid when collecting the car and is not included in the quoted price”
National railway operator is Irish Rail. Most routes operate between Dublin and rest of the country, and Dublin and Northern Ireland. When booking tickets keep in mind there are 2 main train stations in Dublin – Connolly station and Heuston station.
There are 4 to 5 daily services between Dublin (Heuston station) and Castlebar (nearest town to the EFPSA Congress venue). Prices starting from €20 for a single ticket (€40 for a return ticket). The journey takes approximately 3 hours. After arriving in Castlebar, you will need to take a taxi to the venue.
Buses are usually cheaper than trains and there are multiple companies to choose from. Most buses from Dublin to rest of the country depart from either Busaras (central bus station close to Connolly Station), the quays on the river Liffey, or Dublin Airport. Again, buses will bring you as close as Castlebar, from where you will need to take a taxi.
Directions to the Venue from Towns or Cities:
Take the N5 (Via Swinford) to Castlebar and the N60 Claremorris road out of Castlebar; Breaffy House Resort is on the right hand side as you leave Castlebar.
Take the N17 via Tuam to Claremorris and the N60 from Claremorris to Castlebar; the Breaffy House Resort is on the left-hand side as you approach Castlebar.
Alternatively, take the N84 via Ballinrobe to Castlebar and the N60 Claremorris Road out of Castlebar; the Breaffy House Resort is on the righthand side as you leave Castlebar. From Ireland West International Airport
From Knock Airport:
Take the N17 to Claremorris and the N60 from Claremorris to Castlebar; the Breaffy House Resort is on the left hand side as you approach Castlebar.
What to Bring.
In general, the main things are as follows:
- Travel documents,
- Comfortable shoes for rain and walking,
- Raincoat and/or umbrella,
- Sunglasses (seriously!),
- Hats, scarves, and gloves,
- Socket adapter (Europe to UK),
- Cultural evening essentials (food, drinks, decorations, face paint, etc.),
- Formal wear for Gala dinner (it's a big one, come to that hungry!)
For now, we want you to only focus on bringing yourselves - and the above. Our amazing administration team are working on adding to the list that we will forward on closer to the time.
Actually, while we have you, we heard that the Heads of Congress love Ajvar... maybe a jar of that. Oh, and those little truffles from Austria too, and some Dutch stroopwaffle...? Halloumi. At Congress 2019 we loved the Smørrebrød.. Right, look, ask us - send us a picture of what you think we might like on Facebook and Instagram and we will reply!
We are in communication with the Department of Justice and Equality and we will support you with every step of the process.
Citizens of EEA countries do not need a visa to enter Ireland.
Citizens of Albania, Azerbaijan, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia and Turkey (full list available at http://www.inis.gov.ie/en/INIS/Pages/visa-required-countries need to apply for a visa (via online application form).
Short stay visas (also called ‘C’ visas) allow you to stay in Ireland up to 90 days. The fee for a single entry visa is 60 EUR, and 100 EUR for a multiple entry visa. Application process is described in detail in the website of Immigration service (http://www.inis.gov.ie/en/INIS/Pages/Irish%20Visa%20Information).
If you have any questions or need help regarding the visa application process, please send us an email to email@example.com and we will do our best to assist you.
Furthermore, if you are in need of a visa and your application has been approved, make sure you have emailed us for a letter of support (an invitation letter) and filled in the visa related information in the questionnaire sent out in the approval email.
(Gathering some) FAQs (Yo!)
We've been asked some questions. We've been providing some answers - and 'round them all up so everyone can see! We will be continuously updating this page with new questions.
Q: Is the 34th EFPSA Congress Postponed as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic?
A: Unfortunately, yes.
Q: Is the Event Cancelled?
A: Please see above.
Q: Can I get a full-refund?
A: We will be in touch in due course, as mentioned in our statements please be patient (we have over 500 individuals delegates, speakers, sponsors, and volunteers, who we are currently supporting - please be patient here).
Q: Can I get a partial-refund?
A: Please see above.
Q: What are the future dates of Congress?
A: We are currently not a position to confirm this information.
Q: Is there a way to be reinbursed for our flights?
A: Each airline is offering different supports, please contact them directly.
Q: Who is my Member Representative?
A: If you are unsure who your Member Representative is please refer to the members section of the EFPSA webpage.
Q: Is there any programme happening on arrival and departure day (9th and 16th April)? When would be the best time to travel?
A: The 9th and 16th April are arrival and departure days. On those days there will be no social or scientific programme. If you are travelling on 9th and 16th April, it's best to book flights earlier in the morning on 9th April, and late afternoon or evening on 16th April. The EFPSA Congress venue is at least 3 hours by bus from Dublin.
Q: When will the EFPSA bus timetables be published?
A: Buses will be arranged from Dublin and to Dublin on the 9th and 16th April respectively. We will arrange buses accordingly to the arrival/departure times of the majority of participants. There will be multiple buses throughout both days.
Q: Do I need to send proof of payment?
A: Yes. In case of a screenshot, just make sure sensitive information is deleted/blacked out.
Q: I am not staying all week, do I have to pay the full EFPSA Congress fee?
A: Yes. Alumni participants are paying their fee per day (€50 per day).
Q: Will there be a Pre-Party?
A: Yes, in Dublin on the Wednesday before Congress.
Q: Is there an ATM at the venue?
A: Yes, it is located just inside the main reception.
Q: What’s the currency?
A: Euro. It’s Euro.
Q: Is Ireland in the EU?
A: Yes it is. Nevertheless, it is not in the Shengen area.
Q: Does everyone need a visa?
A: There are a few countries and regions that will need a visa. We have collected that information and put it up on the website here. We will be happy to assist you through the Visa application process.
Q: What does the participation fee cover?
A: To clarify, the participation fee includes accommodation, all meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner, and coffee breaks), the full scientific and social programmes (except the excursion), and an endless supply of Irish hospitality!
Q: How much is the fee?
A: The fees for individual countries and regions are divided into four groups, which each have a sub-group. You can find the concrete fee applicable to you on the EFPSA Congress website under “Registration” and “Payment information”
Q: Will the craic be 90?
A: Absolutely. And possibly even more!
Q: Is this going to be the biggest EFPSA Congress yet?
A: Yes it will. We are expecting over 450 participants and many more in terms of speakers and volunteers.
Q: Are there any specific clothes I should bring?
A: Bring a rain jacket, some windproof clothing, an outfit for the gala evening, a rain jacket, a pair of sunglasses, an EU to UK plug adapter, your craziest outfit for the 80s party, and a pair of good boots that could see you through a hike. Oh and a rain jacket.
Q: Are pets allowed?
A: Only if they are super cute (Also, we’re afraid not).
Q: Am I allowed to go if I am from outside of Europe?
A: Yes, provided you did study psychology in Europe before. Your fee will fall into the 1b category.
Q: How many Eurovision victories does Ireland have?
A: Seven. The most of any other country.
Q: Will Brexit have an impact?
A: Only if you fly into Belfast (Northern Ireland).
Q: Will you have merchandise?
A: We will indeed. You can look forward to a few handy things for you to buy and support the Congress.
Q: If I forget something, where will I be able to purchase it?
A: You can get it directly from the Org.Com. We are going to be running a typical irish convenience store for you. As you might know, back in the day, the Irish mob was able to acquire and deliver anything that you wanted. We will be doing the same, only without the killing and shady business. Mostly.
Q: What does Org.Com mean?
A: Org.Com is an ancient EFPSA term used to abbreviate the organising committee. It came about before the internet, and has only become stronger since. You might see it in different versions such as OrgCom, Org Com, Org.Com, orgcom. You can read up about this in one of our previous news articles.
Q: What countries are the speakers from?
A: The invited and confirmed speakers are from all over the world including the EU, USA, and Asia. If you want to know more about them, be sure to check out the Scientific Programme page.
Q: Will there be any nearby hostels in Dublin?
A: We would advise you to contact the EFPSA Study and Travel Abroad team for possible deals. We will publish a list of recommended hostels.
Q: How much money do I need to bring with me?
A: Depending on how much you want to spend. There will be additional optional costs like the excursion, EFPSA buses, merchandise, and drinks & food outside of the meals covered by the fee.
Q: What is this tiered system of pay I see on the website?
A: Tiered system is based on the GDP status of a country, in addition to the EFPSA membership status of the MO.
Q: How can I get to the Congress without using the EFPSA bus?
A: To be completely honest, it might be a bit tricky, unless you are using a car. The closest town is Castlebar which can be accessed by train from Dublin. But then you will need to get a taxi from there to the venue. We have put up more info under "Getting here" in the practical information section.
Is the 34th EFPSA Congress 2020 in Ireland cancelled because of the Corona Virus?
At the moment, the Irish government have not declared changes or given any advice other than what we have mentioned in our News (our most recent update can be read here). We are very much keeping an eye on the developments happening as a result of Covid-19 and are working closely with the BM to ensure everything runs smoothly.