The welcome reception for ECIR 2011 will take place on the evening of the 18th April 2011 at the Guinness Storehouse, which is the venue at which the workshops/tutorials will have been held earlier that day. Specifically the seventh floor Gravity bar will be the venue which provides a unique 360-degree view over the city of Dublin. Prior to this, the lower levels of the Guinness Storehouse will remain open especially for ECIR 2011 welcome reception attendees.
The Storehouse is an industrial building, originally built in 1904 in the style of the Chicago school of architecture, with massive steel beams providing the support for the entire structure of the building. The Storehouse housed the fermentation of Guinness beer until 1988. In November 2000, the Storehouse opened its doors to the public and has quickly become Ireland's number one tourist attraction.
The conference banquet will take place at the unique venue of The Village at Lyons Demesne in County Kildare. The Village is beautifully situated alongside the Grand Canal and is a rare and amazing treasure of architectural features, master craftsmanship and decorative detailing which was lovingly restored in 2006. The village derives its name from an ancient town and castle, which were both destroyed in the war of 1641. The current village is built on the original site of this ancient fortification. The Village incorporates a restaurant, wedding venue, shops and boutique accommodation. The conference banquet will take place at the on-site Mill restaurant, which overlooks cascading waters. The Mill itself is a spectacular double height space. The room's panelled walls are complimented by rich tapestries, offset by a soft and relaxing palette of neutral shades, while the dramatic 17th century fireplace and soothing sounds from the waterfall add to the uniqueness of the room.