Páirc Uí Chaoimh Conference Centre, Cork

Photonics Ireland 2018 will be held in the Conference Centre of the newly renovated Páirc Uí Chaoimh stadium, in Cork. The iconic stadium is home to Cork GAA, and was completely rebuilt and reopened in July 2017. The state-of-the-art conferencing facilities are situated on Level 2 of the South Stand – the Photonics Ireland conference will occupy the entire level.


The venue is situated just 5 minutes from Cork City centre, approx. 15 mins from Cork Airport and 5 mins from the bus and train stations.

  • GPS Coordinates: 51.8998281° N, -8.4352081° W
  • Address: Páirc Uí Chaoimh, The Marina, Cork, T12 PF30
  • Venue website: www.paircuichaoimh.ie


Páirc Uí Chaoimh conference centre can accommodate up to 200 cars. These spaces can only be accessed from The Marina entrance to the site by driving to the stadium via Centre Park road and onto the Marina. The entrance to the stadium is on your right immediately after the Lee Rowing Club.

When you enter the Páirc Uí Chaoimh site please pay attention to the signs directing you to the event parking area. There are wheelchair spaces reserved close to both entrances for those who require them.

Conference Layout

The conference will take place in the Premium Level of the stadium: enter via the Premium Entrance on the South Stand, and take the lift to Level 2. The floor plan for the event is shown below.

Venue plan

Map: Venue Location


Conference Dinner

The conference dinner will take place in the Haulbowline Naval Base in Ringaskiddy, looking out over Cork Harbour. The organisers are very grateful to the Defence Forces for granting special permission to allow the dinner to take place on the base; a long history of collaboration exists between the Irish Naval Service and Cork Institute of Technology, exemplified by the fact that both entities are joint partners in the National Maritime College of Ireland (NMCI). Haulbowline island has been an historically significant site since the 1600s, and currently serves as the Headquarters of the Irish Navy.

As it is an active naval base, the names of all those attending the dinner must be provided to the Naval Service in advance. Hence, if you are planning to go to the dinner, it is important that you check with the registration desk to verify that you are on the list. In addition, if you are planning to drive down yourself, the make and registration number of your car, and the names of any passengers travelling with you, must be provided beforehand.

Bus to Dinner

Buses will leave Páirc Uí Chaoimh for Haulbowline at 18:45 sharp on Tuesday 4th. You will have indicated on the registration form if you wished to book a seat on the bus; again please check the lists at the registration desk on the day, to ensure you are still included.

Map: Dinner Location