Dublin Castle · 15th & 16th November 2022

Dublin Castle is rightfully considered one of the most important historic buildings in Ireland.


Constructed in the early thirteenth century on the site of a Viking settlement, Dublin Castle served for centuries as the headquarters of English, and later British, administration in Ireland. 2022 marks a symbolic year in the history of Dublin Castle, as it characterises 100 years since the Castle was handed over to the newly formed independent Irish government. To this day, Dublin Castle remains one of the architectural highlights of Georgian Dublin.


Dublin Castle serves as the ideal backdrop for important national and international events, such as state dinners and commemorations. Since 1938, each one of Ireland’s presidents has been inaugurated in St Patrick’s Hall. Over the centuries, those entertained at Dublin Castle have included Benjamin Franklin (1771), the Duke of Wellington (1807), Daniel O’Connell (1841), Queen Victoria (1849, 1853, 1861 & 1900), Charles Dickens (1864), Countess Markievicz (1905), Princess Grace of Monaco (1961), John F. Kennedy (1963), Charles de Gaulle (1969), Nelson Mandela (1990) and Queen Elizabeth II (2011). Among the famous figures associated with the Castle was Bram Stoker, author of Dracula, who worked here from 1866 to 1878. The Castle now welcomes over a quarter of a million visitors each year. We are delighted to be hosting our conference in Dublin Castle and we hope you enjoy the beautiful surroundings.


Join us for an evening reception on 15th November in the magnificent grandeur of the Portrait Gallery which is housed within the castle itself.


To learn more about Dublin Castle, its history and upcoming events, click here.

How do I get to Dublin Castle?


Dublin Castle is situated in Dublin’s city centre. Many bus routes stop on nearby Dame Street, Lord Edward Street and George’s Street including the 9, 13, 15, 16,  27, 40, 49, 54a, 56a, 68, 77a, 122, 123, 140, 150 and 151 (plan your bus journey www.dublinbus.ie).

The closest Luas stops are St Stephen’s Green (Green Line) and Jervis (Red Line) – follow www.luas.ie to plan your tram journey.

Is there visitor parking in Dublin Castle?

Unfortunately, there is no visitor parking available in Dublin Castle. The nearest public car parks are listed below and can be Pre-Booked in advance.

Car Park
Pre-Booking Link
Q- Park, Christchurch
Park Rite, Drury Street
Drury Street Underground Car Park
NCPS, Bride Street
APCO Car Par, Trinity Street

Get Directions

Conference Programme
Navigating to 2050
A Safe and Sustainable Maritime Future.

Tuesday 15th November 2022

Session one - Navigating Safely and Sustainably to 2050

8:00 am

Registration and Refreshments

9:00 am
Welcome and Introduction
Yvonne Shields O’Connor, 
CEO, Irish Lights.
9:15 am
Conference Opening
Minister Hildegarde Naughton, 
Minister of State, Department of Transport.
9:25 am
Session 1. Navigating Safely and Sustainably to 2050
Opening remarks from Session Chairperson
Dr. Paul Little, 
CEO, City of Glasgow College and Chair of UK Shipping Skills Taskforce.
9:30 am
Conference Keynote Address:  
Transitioning to a Sustainable and Profitable Decarbonised Shipping Future
Anthony Gurnee, 
Founder and CEO of Ardmore Shipping, Ireland.
9:55 am
Safety and Sustainability:  
Ensuring the Resilience of Future Shipping
Maja Markovčić Kostelac, 
Executive Director, European Maritime Safety Agency, Portugal.
10:15 am
Reality 2050:  
Meeting IMO targets, an industry perspective.
Chris Waddington, 
Technical Director, International Chamber of Shipping (ICS).
10:35 am

Coffee break

11:15 am
Implications of Fit for 55 on the Irish Maritime Sector and Wider Economy
Prof. Alan Ahearne, 
University of Galway, Ireland.
11:35 am
Climate Challenges for the Maritime Sector:  
National and International Targets
Caoimhín Ó Ciaruáin, 
Assistant Secretary, Department of Transport, Ireland.
11:55 am
What Will It Take to Decarbonise the Maritime Sector?
Dr. Kirsi Tikka, 
Independent Director and International Maritime Advisor, UK.
12:15 pm
Unlocking the Opportunities From Tackling Climate Change in the Maritime Sector
Aoife O’Leary, 
CEO, Opportunity Green, UK.

12:30 pm

Panel discussion including all speakers above

1:15 pm


Session two - Will technology change the future of Navigation and what are the implications for safety and sustainability?