Annual Conference

The 2018 annual conference of the Eighteenth-Century Ireland Society will be held in Waterford City on Friday, 8 June, and Saturday, 9 June, 2018. The conference is organised by Dr Ivar McGrath (UCD) and Dr Jeffrey Cox in partnership with Waterford Treasures and Christ Church Cathedral Waterford.

The conference will take place in venues across Waterford, highlighting the Georgian architectural significance of the city. Principal conference activities will be held in two notable buildings designed by Waterford architect John Roberts – Waterford City Hall, completed in 1783, and in the magnificent Neo-Classical Christ Church Cathedral, completed in 1779. Other conference activities will be held in the Garden Room of the Medieval Museum which is adjacent to the medieval Chorister’s Hall.

The conference dinner will be held at La Bohéme Restaurant on Friday, 8 June, at 20:00. The restaurant is located in the vaults of the former Port of Waterford Company building on George’s Street, which was originally designed by John Roberts as a townhouse for the Morris family of Rossduff. Follow this link to download the menu for Friday, 8 June.

On the morning of Sunday, 10 June, delegates and their guests are cordially invited to participate in a walking tour led by Waterford Treasures.

The organisers wish to express their gratitude to Dr Eamonn McEneaney, Donnchadh Ó Ceallacháin, and Rosemary Ryan of Waterford Treasures, Dean Maria Jansson of Christ Church Cathedral, and Waterford City Council for their generous support and hospitality. The conference is also generously supported by the Embassy of Switzerland in Ireland.


Because this year’s conference is spread across a number of venues in Waterford City, the registration desk will alternate between two different locations:

Registration / Reception Desk –  Locations and Times

Friday, 8 June 2018 
Lobby of City Hall, 12:00 to 15:00
Christ Church Cathedral Shop, 15:30 to 18:30

Saturday, 9 June 2018
Lobby of City Hall, 9:30 to 10:15
Christ Church Cathedral Shop, 10:30 to 16:00
Lobby of City Hall, 16:00 to 17:00

Google map of conference venues

City Hall
(52.259726226084, -7.1065731346607)
The Munster Bar
(52.26023187748, -7.1062888205051)
La Boheme Restaurant
(52.261735663792, -7.1136219799519)
Bishop's Palace
(52.259617871464, -7.1076191961765)
Medieval Museum
(52.259903533074, -7.1070022881031)
Christ Church Cathedral
(52.259913383442, -7.1077908575535)


Download PDF map of conference venues

Follow this link to view the provisional conference programme. Please note that this programme is subject to change.

Registration is now closed. Please contact Jeffrey Cox if you plan on attending (

Those attending the conference are advised to book accommodation in Waterford early, as room availability is often limited during the summer months.

Accommodation within walking distance of the conference venues

Tower Hotel & Leisure Centre, The Mall (***)
+353 51 862 300

Waterford Marina Hotel, Canada Street (***)
+353 51 856 600

Avondale Guest Accommodation, 2 Parnell Street
+353 51 854 689

The Granville Hotel, Meagher Quay (****)
+353 51 305 555

Dooley’s Hotel, The Quay (***)
+353 51 873 531

Treacy’s Hotel Spa & Leisure Club, Merchant’s Quay (***)
+353 51 877 222

The Fitzwilton Hotel, Bridge Street (****)
+353 51 84 69 00

Hotels a short drive /taxi journey away from conference venues

Athenaeum House Hotel, Christendom (****)
+353 51 833 999

Travelodge, Cork Road (***)
+353 51 358 885

Waterford Castle, The Island (****)
+353 51 878 203

Woodlands Hotel & Leisure Centre, Dunmore Road (***)
+353 51 393 700

Samuel’s Heritage Bed & Breakfast, Dunmore Road
+353 51 875 094

Getting There

Situated at the end of the M9 motorway, Waterford is approximately 2 hours from Dublin, and 3 hours and 30 minutes from Belfast travelling via the M1 and M50.

Approximate travel times by car for other areas of Ireland to Waterford:

Kilkenny (M9) – 40 minutes
Wexford (N25) – 1 hour
Maynooth – 1 hour and 45 minutes
Cork (N25) – 2 hours
Limerick (N24) – 2 hours and 15 minutes
Tralee – 3 hours and 10 minutes
Galway – 3 hours and 15 minutes
Sligo (N4 and M9) – 3 Hours and 55 minutes

Pay and display parking near conference venues is available at:

Clyde Wharf (approx. €7 per day)
Bolton Street (approx. €10 per day)
Clock Tower, Quays (approx. €16 per day)

By Air

Dublin Airport

Regular bus services connect Dublin Airport with Waterford City.  Dublin Bus’s 747 service also provides frequent connections between Dublin Airport and Heuston Station for rail connections.

Cork Airport

Bus Éireann’s 226/226A services provide frequent connections between Cork Airport and Cork Bus Station and Kent Railway Station for connections by bus or rail to Waterford City.


By Train

Waterford’s Plunkett Station is located across the bridge from Waterford City, and is approximately a 20 minute walk to the conference venue.  Phone numbers for local taxi companies are available at the end of this section.

From Dublin and the North

Irish Rail operates frequent services between Dublin’s Heuston Station and Waterford from Monday to Saturday, and four services on Sunday.  The first train (Monday to Saturday) arrives in Waterford at 9:40.  The average journey time between Dublin and Waterford is just over two hours, and most services call at Kildare, Athy, Carlow, Bagenalstown, Kilkenny, and Thomastown.

From the West via Limerick Junction

Irish Rail operates two daily services Monday to Saturday, from Limerick Junction to Waterford’s Plunkett Station calling at Tipperary, Cahir, Clonmel, and Carrick-on-Suir.  Passengers from Cork, Galway, and Limerick’s Colbert Station can transfer onto this service at Limerick Junction.

For discounted online fares, seat reservation, and the most up to date timetables and travel information, visit

By Bus

Bus Éireann

Buses arrive at the Bus Éireann Bus Station on the Quays, approximately a 12 minute walk from the conference venue.

Dublin Airport, Dublin and Carlow to Waterford City (Expressway route 4)
Limerick to Waterford City (Expressway route 55)
Tralee and Cork to Waterford City (Expressway, route 40)
Rosslare and Wexford to Waterford City (Expressway route 40, or Regional route 370)
Longford, Athlone and Tullamore to Waterford City (Regional route 73)

J. Kavanagh

J. Kavanagh’s 736 service from Dublin Airport/City to Waterford stops on Quays opposite Dooley’s Hotel, approximately a 15 minute walk from the conference venue.

Dublin Coach

Dublin Coach’s M9 service from Dublin to Cork (via Red Cow, Kilkenny and Waterford) stops at Merchant’s Quay, Waterford, approximately a 13 minute walk from the conference venue.

Wexford Bus

Wexford Bus’s 340 service from Redmond Square, Wexford Town, to Waterford stops at the clock tower on Waterford’s Quays, with select services stopping on The Mall – directly opposite from the main conference venues.  Connect at Redmond Square from other Wexford Bus Services including the 740 service from Dublin Airport via UCD, and Enniscorthy.

Taxis / Cabs

Rapid Cabs
051-858585 (+35351858585)
Pre-booking available through website and app

Waterford Taxis
051 33 10 33 (+35351331033)
Pre-booking available through website and app