Technical Tours will depart on the Friday 18th May 2012, from the Convention Centre. The below technical tour timetable summaries are initial timings. All timings are subject to change. Please ensure that you note return times may vary due to traffic and travel and estimations. Delegates are reminded to ensure that you pack suitable clothing to take part in your selected optional Technical Tour (such as rain wear, suitable footwear for site inspections outside etc…)
The Technical Tours have been reduced to the below options.
TOUR 1: Waterford 0800 – 1930
Integrated Constructed Wetlands and Restoration of Annestown Stream in Anne Valley, Co. Waterford
Delegate will be given a talk on the Integrated Constructed Wetland (ICW) concept, the introduction of ICWs to 80% of the farms in the valley and ICWs treating the sewerage from Dunhill Village and Dunhill Enterprise Centre.
The restoration of the locals streams will be discussed benefiting from the ICWs and the creation of online and offline ponds. After lunch visits would be organised to a number of ICWs and a 3 kilometre walk along the restored Annestown Stream.
08.00 Coach to depart Dublin from the Convention Centre
08.00- 10.30 Travel to Dunhill Enterprise Centre
10.30- 11.00 Dunhill Enterprise Centre – Tea & Coffee on Arrival
11.00 – 12.30 Lecture on ICW concept by Rory Harrington
13.30- 14.00 Lunch in Dunhill
14.00 -16.30 Visit to farm and village ICWs followed by walk along the restored Annestown Stream led by Rory Harrington
17.00 Depart Dunhill for Dublin for return approx 19.30pm.
Cost: €59 per person (Includes morning break & Lunch)
Tour 7: Dublin- Ringsend/DunLaoghaire
The Ringsend Wastewater Treatment Works which is part of the 400 million euro Dublin Bay Project, was completed in 2003. The benefits include cleaner water in Dublin Bay and in the city’s rivers as well as more land being available for housing and commercial development.
Further benefits include two of Dublin’s beaches, Dollymount and Seapoint, receiving Blue Flag status, conversion of waste sludge into agricultural fertiliser called Bio-Fert and the conversion of waste to energy to the value of approximately 3 million euro per annum. We will have a visit to the plant and also talk with a short stop at the Irishtown flood defenses on the River Dodder.
We will finish with a visit to the Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council Shanganagh treatment plant in South Dublin.
08.30 Coach to depart Dublin from the Convention Centre
9.00 – 11.00 Stop at Ringsend Wastewater Treatment Works- walk and
11.00 -11.30 Morning Break
11.30 – 12.15 Drive to see flood defences at Irishtown & Short Stop
12.15 – 13.15 Drive to Dun Laoghaire
13.15 – 14.00 Visit to Shanganagh Treatment Plant
14.30 Approximate return to Dublin City Centre
Cost: €30 ( includes morning break only)