The Convention Centre Dublin (CCD) - a large glass cylindrical building situated on Dublin's River Liffey.

We went to DrupalCon 2016 in Dublin

3 Oct 2016

Darren Fisher - Developer and Consultant

Written by
Darren Fisher
Developer and Consultant

Once again this year we had the ultimate pleasure of being guests in another exciting European city as we attending the first ever Drupal conference in Dublin Ireland.

A car passing through one of the tunnels on the road in to Dublin City centre from the airport.

The Trip

This year only Barry and I attended the conference, and as per usual we decided to fly from Heathrow (London) in what was surely the shortest flight of our lives! In less than an hour from taking off we were touching down in Dublin Airport.

Whilst the flight was mostly uneventful, we couldn't have asked more from our first meeting with a local. Our taxi driver was hilarious and very welcoming and even tried to convince us to pop to the pub to have a pint of Guinness over lunch with him. If we hadn't been meeting the agents with whom we'd booked an apartment we'd have most certainly have joined him.

I don't know that I've ever arrived somewhere and felt so welcome in such a short space of time. And this would be a theme that ran throughout our stay - the Irish certainly are a great bunch of people.

Once we'd picked up the keys to our apartment (which ended up being more like a house than an apartment) we decided to head straight in to the heart of the city to see what all the fuss was about and we certainly weren't disappointed.

The Temple Bar in the Temple Bar District of Dublin - a red and black traditional Irish pub/bar.

The City

Immediately, we stumbled upon an Oktoberfest celebration in the street which was in full swing. This party continued throughout our stay and was only just winding down on the day we left. It would appear that we'd have no problem tracking down a party in this city!

The city of Dublin is a great blend of traditional and modern in just about every aspect. For every traditional pub there's a flashy modern restaurant. For every historic building there's a huge contemporary glass structure. Dublin is home to some huge tech companies such as Apple, Google and Facebook and you can see how an employee might be attracted to come and live in this city. The food was fantastic. The beer (not just the Guinness) was unbelievable. The night life was incredible.

In short, Dublin is a place everyone should visit. It has something for everyone. It most certainly will not be my last visit.

The Convention Centre Dublin situated on the River Liffey at Spencer Dock.

The Conference

The conference was held at the recently completed (September 2010) CCD which is "The Convention Centre Dublin" located in Dublin's Docklands. The CCD was situated right on the River Liffey at Spencer Dock and boasted some fantastic views from the upper floors. The building was designed by architect Kevin Roche and now acts as a key landmark in the city.

The hospitality and professionalism of the staff at the CCD was impeccable and for me the best service we've ever received at a DrupalCon although I must confess I was not present at the much loved and now infamous Munich conference of 2012.

Once again the sessions were fantastic, and the keynotes were inspiring. You can now watch back most of the sessions for yourself on the DrupalCon Dublin website.

Bart Feenstra and Darren Fisher in Dublin - two young men with long hair in 'top knots', thick rimmed glasses and long beards.

Drupalgangers

I was even once again reunited with my apparent drupalganger or Drupal twin (if you will) - Bart Feenstra.

If anything, I suppose I'd have to admit that the resemblance must have grown stronger as I had several people coming up to me at the conference who I'd never met and started talking to me like we'd been friends for years. Then after a few seconds a look of utter bewilderment would fall upon their face before they'd utter the same words: "Oh you're not Bart!"

I still maintain that we look nothing alike though. We are just two people with long hair, glasses and beards!!!

Of course Barry wasted no time snapping a photo again and posting it to twitter just so that anyone at the conference who wasn't in on the gag could join in!

A view over the rooftops of Vienna with a beautiful blue sky overhead.

Next year...

After such a fantastic conference, the moment we're always excited for is to learn where next year's European conference is to be held.

I think it is fair to say that nobody was disappointed to learn that 2017's DrupalCon will take place in the city of Vienna in Austria for the first time since Drupal's inception.

As usual we hope to attend and sample a new city, country and culture and to once again meet with like-minded Drupal folk to learn more and better ourselves as Drupal developers and users and as people in general.

Hope to see you in Vienna!

Darren Fisher - Designer & Developer

Get in touch about your project

Give us a call or send us an email to talk through your project

telephone+44 (0) 203 743 0886

emaildarren.fisher@pivale.co

Related articles

An aerial view of the Danube through Vienna at dusk.

We went to DrupalCon 2017 in Vienna

Calendar 4 Oct 2017 #Press #Drupal This year's European Drupal conference took place in Vienna, Austria ahead of the news that there will be no DrupalCon Europe 2018.

Read the article
Beautiful yellow and black cocoons dangle from a tree, ready to give birth to recently metamorphosised butterflies.

What happened to Real Life Design?

Calendar 14 Sep 2014 #Press After 7 happy years as Real Life Design we decided to re-brand ourselves as Real Life Digital. Apart from the name and the look, nothing else has changed.

Read the article
Drupal SEO - the Drupal logo and the word 'SEO' with the 'O' replaced by the Drupal icon (druplicon).

Drupal and SEO: A fly-by tour

Calendar 26 Jan 2017 #SEO #Tutorial #Drupal Drupal is absolutely the best CMS platform when it comes to SEO, but our clients don't seem to be aware of this so we finally decided to break it down.

Read the article

More recent articles

A square peg smashed in to a round hole with a hammer.

Could mismatched web solutions scupper your business growth?

Calendar 5 Aug 2020 #Insights #Advice If you’re responsible for the IT or strategic marketing in a medium or large business, ask yourself 'How is your web portfolio looking?'

Read the article
An elephant inside a business meeting room.

5 ways your addiction to spreadsheets increases risk in your business

Calendar 13 Jul 2020 #Insights #Advice #Security & compliance It's time to talk about the elephant in the room: your addiction to spreadsheets! Relying on spreadsheets is bad for business. Here's how to fix that problem.

Read the article
A well designed room featuring a large piece of wall art featuring a bee hive and the Pivale Assemble: Multisite Solutions branding.

The smarter way to manage many websites

Calendar 17 Jun 2020 #Press #Advice Do you crave the agility and speed of smaller market players? What effect would it have if you could work faster and smarter? Make this dream your new reality.

Read the article

Subscribe for email updates

1 Your details

2 Your interests

Please select which Pivale services are of interest to you:

3 Legal info

By subscribing, you acknowledge that your information will be transferred to our marketing platform for processing.

You can unsubscribe at any time by clicking the link in the footer of our emails. You can find out more in our privacy policy.