European Holstein & Red Holstein Conference 2023

The Irish Holstein Friesian Association are delighted to host the European Holstein & Red Holstein Conference from 26th – 29th April 2023

Headline Sponsor FBD Insurance

We are incredibly grateful for FBD Insurance’s continued support

Additional Sponsors:



To view the conference programme click here 

Conference: Farming with Nature – Future Proof the Cow

The Conference will be held on Thursday 27th April running from 8.30am – 5.00pm with lots of exciting guest speakers.


There are options for everyone depending on what elements of the conference they wish to attend!

To register for the full conference click here

To register for Thursday’s conference plus Gala dinner that night click here

To register for Thursday’s conference ONLY (no Gala dinner) for IHFA and YMA members click here

Don’t miss out on a great few days in Dublin!

Registration Fees

Standard Registration                            €690

IHFA Members Thursday Day Ticket plus Gala Dinner                  €175

IHFA Members Thursday Day Ticket Conference ONLY                €100

IHFA Young Members Thursday Day Ticket            €65

The FULL Conference registration fee includes:

  • Admission to conference sessions
  • Tea, coffee and lunches throughout the conference
  • Welcome Reception in Castleknock Hotel on Wednesday, 26 April 2023
  • Gala Dinner in Castleknock Hotel on Thursday, 27 April 2023
  • Farm Visit – Tom Kelly Farm “ Monamore Herd” on Friday, 28 April 2023.
  • Dinner & Show in Taylors Three Rock on Friday, 28 April 2023.
  • Excursion to UCD Lyons Estate and Emerald Expo Show on Saturday 29 April 2023

Accompanying person

An accompanying person ticket is €350. This will include:

  • Welcome Reception in Castleknock Hotel on Wednesday, 26 April 2023
  • Full day excursion to National Stud and Japanese Gardens including lunch in Japanese Garden Restaurant and shopping at Kildare village on Thursday, 27 April 2023
  • Gala Dinner in Castleknock Hotel on Thursday, 27 April 2023
  • Half day excursion to the Guinness Storehouse and lunch in the Castleknock hotel on Friday, 28 April 2023.
  • Farm Visit – Tom Kelly Farm “ Monamore Herd” on Friday, 28 April 2023.
  • Dinner & Show in Taylors Three Rock on Friday, 28 April 2023.
  • Excursion to UCD Lyons Estate and Emerald Expo Show on Saturday 29 April 2023

Visa Letters

Delegates requiring a Visa letter/invitation letter can email the request to

Please note that visa letters will only be provided for delegates who have paid for their registration in full.

Registration Cancellation

Notice of cancellation must be sent by email to the conference secretariat

  • For cancellations received on or before 27 Jan 2023 full refunds are granted minus €50 admin fee
  • For cancellation between 28 Jan 2023 and 27 Feb 2023, 50% of the registration fee will be refunded
  • No refunds can be made from 28 Feb 2023 onwards
  • Substitutions can be made at the discretion of the Conference Committee
  • No-shows will not receive a refund
  • Please allow up to 3 weeks to receive the refund
  • If you test positive for COVID-19 and will not be out of your isolation period prior to your travel date/start of the conference, or if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, you must not attend the conference.

Unexpected Cancellation of the event or impossibility to hold it

In the unlikely case that EHRC 2023 cannot be held in whole or in part due to any event beyond the Organisers’ control or force majeure (such as riot, fire, explosion, accident, flood, earthquake, sabotage, strikes, acts of law or regulation by Irish or foreign Authorities, epidemic outbreak, sanitary emergency, etc) the Conference Organisers cannot be held liable for any damage, cost, or loss incurred, such as registration fee, transportation and accommodation costs, or any other direct or indirect loss or consequential damage.

Castleknock Hotel

Conference Venue : Castleknock Hotel

Porterstown Rd, Diswelltown, Dublin 15, D15 WNR7 – Google Maps

The Castleknock Hotel Dublin is located in a beautiful country setting on the city’s doorstep just 15 minutes from Dublin City and 25 minutes from Dublin Airport. The hotel is located close to Dublin landmarks such as Luttrellstown Castle, Phoenix Park and Farmleigh House & Gardens.

How to get there

Driving from the Airport or the M50?

Take junction 6 and then veer left taking the turn for the M3 motorway to Navan/Cavan and not Blanchardstown/Castleknock. Then exit at junction 3 of the M3 at the Blanchardstown Centre beside the Crowne Plaza Hotel Blanchardstown. Take a left turn at the roundabout and continue straight on past 3 roundabouts, over the Dr Troy bridge, straight on at the next cross junction and then take a left at the T-junction. Continue on this road for approximately 1.5km until you see the hotel on the right-hand side.

The GO code for Castleknock Hotel for your sat nav is L2H GJFK. The GPS longitude and latitude is 53.36693; -6.39284


Castleknock Hotel is located about 25 minutes from Dublin Port and 35 minutes from Dun Laoghaire Port. Delegates arriving from Dublin Port can get to the hotel via Dublin City and the Phoenix Park or via the Dublin Port Tunnel and on to the M50 Southbound exiting at Junction 6 for Castleknock and Blanchardstown. From Dun Laoghaire, you need to get on to the M50 going Northbound exiting at Junction 6 for Castleknock and Blanchardstown.


The nearest train station to the hotel is Coolmine Train Station which is approximately 15 minutes walk from the hotel or a 5-minute drive, although Clonsilla and Castleknock Train Stations are only about a 7-minute drive from the hotel. For more information on directions, view the google map below. For a train timetable, please click here.


The local bus route is number 37 from Aston Quay in Dublin City close to O’Connell Bridge. The nearest bus stop to get off for the hotel is near Carpenterstown Shopping Centre. From the bus you will see a pub called The Carpenter, this is the stop you should exit the bus. From the bus stop follow the path away from the shopping centre on Burnell Park Avenue turning right at the roundabout. From there about 30 metres past the roundabout is a laneway on the left hand side. Walk the length of the laneway which is about 100 metres long and you will come out at the entrance to Castleknock Hotel. For more information, view the google map below. Click here for the bus timetable.

Castleknock Hotel is ideally located close to the following areas.

  • Blanchardstown
  • Clonsilla
  • Lucan
  • Luttrellstown

Useful apps to download for travel in Dublin

Transport for Ireland App

Free Now Taxi App


Please see below a variety of accommodation options in close proximity to the conference venue.

Please contact the hotel or hostel provider directly to make a reservation.

4*Star Hotel

Castleknock Hotel

The Castleknock Hotel is the conference venue. A limited number of rooms have been secured in this hotel at a reduced delegate rate of €160 per single room B&B and €170 per double/twin room B&B. To book these rooms email or phone +353 (0)1 640 6300 and quote booking code 1425395.

Crown Plaza Blanchardstown – 5.5km from conference venue

Carlton Hotel Blanchardstown – 8km from conference venue

Ashling Hotel – 9km from conference venue

Hilton Dublin, Kilmainham – 9km from conference venue

Clayton Hotel Liffey Valley – 10 km from conference venue

3* Star Hotel

12th Lock Boutique Hotel – 5km from conference venue

West County Hotel – 6.4km from conference venue

Lucan Spa Hotel – 9km from conference venue

 Alternative options

There are many alternative booking sites you can use to search accommodation options in the area. Please see some examples below. For reference, the conference venue is located in Dublin 15 area.





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