Academy Alumni European Reunion

- in Dublin, Ireland

 

Past Event

Overview

Dear Alumni & the Class of 2016,

It is with great pleasure that I am writing to you all to advise that Dublin has been chosen as this year's destination for the Alumni reunion in Europe.

I find it hard to believe that twenty years to the day I was sitting in the CAlL's temporary home in Southern Methodist University with seventy eight other "young" lawyers of various ages from thirty three nations and me being the only English mother tongue!

The warmth and hospitality that was extended to all of us by the faculty members at the Academy and local hosts has left a lasting mark on me and many of my classmates to the extent that twenty years on many of us are still regularly in touch and have visited one another over the years (not to mention doing some business as well !). Now, with Dublin being the host city for the 2016 reunion, I intend to reciprocate with some Irish warmth and hospitality and hope that many of you will take the opportunity to visit.

We have an action packed few days the cost for which will be €400 ($445 USD) covering three sumptuous dinners, two lunches, traditional Irish music, admission to some of Dublin's premier visitor attractions and bus tour of County Wicklow (aka "The Garden of Ireland") to the south of Dublin. And, not to forget the education element in The Houses of the Oireachtas (national parliament). In order to register to attend please book and pay through the CAlL website.

September is often one of the finest months in Ireland weather-wise, however, it would be prudent to pack a rain coat! As I always say, if it doesn't rain it's a bonus and if the sun comes out, it's a double bonus!

I very much look forward to welcoming as many of you that choose to come to Dublin in September.

Warmest and dry regards.

Richard Breen

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Reunion Itinerary

Thursday, 29 September

Afternoon

  • Arrival & Check-in

Evening

  • 18:00 - Welcome Reception at William Fry rooftop terrace
  • 21:00 Dinner - Quay 16 Restaurant, The Boat

Friday, 30 September

Morning

  • 10:00 - Talk at the House of the Oireachtas – The National Parliament
  • 11:15 - Guided tour of Leinster House, Ireland’s parliament building since 1922. The tour includes a visit to the public galleries of the Dáil & Seanad debating chambers
  • 12:15 - Lunch – Located in the gallery of the Alliance Française, La Cocotte - an authentic French Café overlooking Trinity College

Afternoon

  • 13:30 - Trinity College - A guided tour through the cobbled stones of the historic College campus, the Old Library & the Book of Kells, a 9th century gospel manuscript famous throughout the world
  • 15:30 - Guinness Storehouse - A visit to the historical St. James’s Gate Brewery, the home of the black stuff, with a lesson on pulling your own perfect pint!
  • 20:00 - Dinner – Private dinning at The Cliff Townhouse

Saturday, 01 October

Morning

  • 10:00 - Depart Dublin – Travel along part of the East coast of Ireland visiting the heritage seaside village of Dalkey (home to Bono (U2), The Edge (U2), Enya & Van Morrison) and mountain drive through Co. Wicklow (“The Garden of Ireland”)
  • 12:30 - Arrive at Powerscourt Estate & Gardens – one of the world’s greatest gardens set against the backdrop of the Sugarloaf Mountain
  • 14:30 - Lunch & Traditional Irish music session at Johnnie Fox’s Pub – the highest pub in Ireland

Afternoon

  • 16:00 - Depart Johnnie Foxes & return to Dublin
  • 19:30 - Gala Dinner – Restaurant 41, Residence Private Members Club

Sunday, 02 October

Suggested visitor attractions:

  • City Centre
  • Viking Splash Tour – an exciting tour around the main sights of Dublin City
  • The National Gallery of Ireland
  • Little Museum of Dublin – described as “Dublin’s best museum experience” by The Irish Times
  • St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Christ Church Cathedral & Dublin Castle
  • Farmleigh House & Phoenix Park – Farmleigh is the official Irish State guest house
  • Dublin Theatre Festival (29/09/16 – 16/10/16)
  • Visit Dublin Website (29/09/16 – 3/10/16)

Further afield:

  • The Celtic Boyne Valley Tour – Tour Newgrange, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Hill of Tara & the largest Anglo Norman Castle in Ireland
  • Dublin Bay & Malahide Castle – one of the most important historic buildings in Dublin having survived the Battle of the Boyne

Overnight Accommodations

Below is a list of hotels offering the William Fry corporate rate (room only/per night). Please mention "William Fry and Academy of American & International Law alumni meeting 29/09-02/10/16" when booking to receive the special corporate rate. Corporate rates are based on a first come first serve basis and are subject to availability.

  • The Marker – €175.00
  • The Dylan - €175.00 (all corporate rates are available from Sunday to Thursday and upon request at weekends)

Other Options

Questions?  Please email Jasmine Hunt for additional information about the reunion.