Travel & Accommodation

The 2024 Global Lifelong Learning Week is scheduled to take place from the 27th to the 31st of May 2024 at University College Cork, Ireland.

This week-long global event will host the annual ASEM LLL Hub Conference on Monday 27th to Wednesday 29th, followed by the 54th annual eucen (European University Continuing Education Network) Conference from Wednesday 29th to Friday 31st.

This page provides a range of practical information about the city of Cork, University College Cork, where to stay during the eucen conference and how to get around. Please see below for more information.

About Cork City

Cork is an exciting and inspirational city eager to extend a warm welcome to delegates from across the globe. The biggest county in Ireland, Cork is part of both the Wild Atlantic Way and Ireland’s Ancient East, with a bustling, cosmopolitan city to explore and over 1000km of coastline to discover. It is no wonder it has been nicknamed the Maritime Haven!

Cork delivers in its own inimitable way, a breath of fresh air, a truly unique city that’s steeped in tradition yet young at heart. In the historic, compact city centre there is a lot to see and do including one of the oldest covered markets in the world, the English Market, the oldest caged clock in Europe at Shandon Bells and the second largest natural harbour in the world after Sydney Harbour.

In 2018 Cork was voted the third friendliest city in the world by Condé Nast Traveler’s annual reader survey, ranking just behind San Miguel de Allende in Mexico and Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic. Every year, Condé Nast Traveler asks its readers to decide on their favourite cities around the world, in its Readers’ Choice Awards Survey and Cork stormed its way to the top of the list paving the way for Europe.

Cork is widely regarded as being the Food Capital of Ireland. Graced with a coastline teeming with an array of fish, as well as possessing some of the best farmlands in the country provides the talented chefs and consumers of Cork with truly remarkable, high quality fresh ingredients with which to indulge their culinary talents and tastes.

Cork is a UNESCO Learning City. The Award was presented to Cork City at the Second International Conference on Learning Cities in Mexico in 2015. Cork City has a vibrant, inclusive, quality infrastructure of education from basic to higher education and is home to enthusiastic, involved and committed learning communities. Through Corks Lifelong Learning Festival, our Learning Neighborhoods and other Learning Events we are committed to developing Cork as a Learning City for all its citizens – all ways and for all.

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About UCC

University College Cork is an award-winning public institution with a history of independent thinking stretching back over 170 years. UCC is proud to be ranked in the top 1.1% of universities in the world. Our beautiful university opened its gates to just 115 students in 1849. We now have a student population of over 24,000.

ACE (Adult Continuing Education) at University College Cork (UCC) has been offering part-time education programmes to Cork, Munster, and beyond since 1946 and is proud to celebrate over 75 years of educational services to the community. With approximately 3,000 students every year, ACE offers a distinctive educational experience for part-time adult learners through promoting both lifelong and life-wide learning.

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Travelling to Cork

Cork Airport

For international and European travellers, the city can easily be reached in as little as 15 minutes from Cork Airport by car or bus. Cork Airport is the international gateway to the South of Ireland. It is the country’s second busiest and best-connected international airport operating flights to and from over 30 European and UK airports.

Getting to the city centre from Cork Airport

Bus: From Cork Airport, you can take the Bus Éireann 225 or 226 buses to Cork City centre and Parnell Place Bus Station, the main bus station for Cork City.

Car: Car Rental Services are available from Cork Airport Business Park. Find out more information HERE.

Taxi: Taxi services are available outside the terminal. 

Getting to Cork from Dublin Airport

Delegates may also choose to fly to Ireland via Dublin Airport. In this case, there is a direct bus from Dublin airport to Cork city centre. More information on Dublin Airport routes and access to Cork city can be found on the Dublin Airport website HERE.


Where to Stay

Cork is a bustling, vibrant city with wonderful hospitality. Cork boasts an array of superior standard hotels providing top quality accommodation. Cork offers just over 8,500 beds, approved by Fáilte Ireland – The National Tourism Development Authority. Conference attendees may avail of special accommodation rates at the Crows Nest. 

A limited number of rooms were available at special accommodation rates at the CROWS NEST if booked before Friday 26th April. Those rooms are now full.

Alternative Accommodation

Below is a list of just some of the other hotels near UCC to help you in your planning.

Please note, accommodation is not included in your ticket or conference fee.