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38th Annual Meeting

Location: Dublin, Ireland
Dates: 28 May - 01 June, 2013
Congress President: Declan Keane
Congress Co-Chair: Barry O’Reilly

Local Organising Committee
Dr Declan Keane, Chair National Maternity Hospital
Dr Barry O’Reilly Co-Chair Cork University Hospital
Dr Suzanne O’Sullivan Cork University Maternity Hospital
Mr Robin Ashe Antrim Hospital
Dr Paul Hughes Kerry General Hospital
Dr Paul Byrne Rotunda Hospital
Mr Tom Creagh Beaumont Hospital
Ms Patricia Malone Mater Misercordiae University Hospital
Ms Maeve Whelan Milltown Physiotherapy Clinic
Ms Mary Jacob National Maternity Hospital
Dr Mark Skehan St. Munchins Hospital Limerick
Dr Su Sarma University College Hospital, Galway
Mr Gerry Agnew National Maternity Hospital
Ms. Orfhlaith O’Sullivan University College Hospital, Galway

Dear colleagues,

It gives me great pleasure to invite you to attend the 38th Annual Meeting of the International Urogynecological Association, which will take place in Dublin, Ireland from May 28th to June 1st. This is a joint meeting co-hosted with the 8th Annual Meeting of the Continence Foundation of Ireland, and it is the first time IUGA has come to Ireland.

Dublin is a medieval city whose origins go back well over a thousand years. Recently voted Europe’s most friendly city, it has a population of over 1.7 million and is home to over 100 different nationalities, all of whom contribute to the fabric of Dublin. Though it has a genuine cosmopolitan feel, Dublin has still managed to retain its own distinct culture which is expressed in a love of literature, drama and traditional music.

The meeting will be held at the new Convention Centre Dublin, a state of the art conference facility opened just two years ago. It is ideally located on the River Liffey, close to the city centre and is within walking distance to nearly all of the conference hotels. In addition the CCD is only a short walk to many of Dublin’s city centre attractions, including the National Gallery, Trinity College and Grafton Street, Dublin’s fashionable shopping area.

The Local Organizing Committee along with IUGA’s Scientific Committee has developed a varied and fascinating scientific program which should suit the interests of all our members. The conference begins with two days of workshops and educational courses, including cadaveric workshops as well as surgical skills demonstration. The workshops will be followed on day three by 2.5 days of plenary sessions, roundtable discussions, interactive debates and state of the art lectures. There will also be a historic lecture on Ireland’s medical link to the Titanic, which sank exactly 100 years ago.

Of course it would not be Ireland if it wasn’t for the ‘craic’ – an all embracing Irish word which sums up the Irish love for having a good time. Hence we shall have a diverse range of events to highlight Dublin’s thriving social scene. We shall have an Accompanying Person’s Program to allow partners to enjoy Dublin and its neighboring counties. Our Gala Dinner will take place at the Mansion House – the home of the Lord Mayor, and will feature traditional Irish artists. In addition, we shall be hosting the inaugural IUGA golf outing at the famous Royal Dublin Links, a course which has held the Irish Open many times.

On behalf of IUGA and the CFI, we invite you to the land of 100,000 welcomes for what promises to be a meeting with excellent science and a chance to visit the Emerald Isle.

Warm wishes,

Declan Keane
Congress Chair
Barry O'Reilly
Congress Co-Chair

Ireland has emerged as a leading international conference destination and has succeeded in combining the quality
product demanded by discerning business visitors with a unique and memorable tourist experience. The scenery in
all its variations and the friendliness inherent in the Irish people provide that unquestionable draw which optimises the
desired delegate attendance.

Dublin is a bustling city with a population of over 1.7 million and is home to over 100 different nationalities all of who
contribute to the fabric of Dublin. Though it has a genuine cosmopolitan feel, Dublin has still managed to retain its own
distinct culture, which is expressed in a love of literature, drama and traditional music offering something for everyone
to enjoy be it for business or pleasure.

Access to Dublin
Dublin airport provides excellent access through one of Europe’s busiest international airports. Located just 8 miles from Dublin city centre, it is served by over 100 airlines many of which are low fare airlines. There are excellent transport links to other regional airports.
Transfer time from the airport to the centre of the capital will take approximately 20 minutes
due to the recent opening of the Port Tunnel, which has significantly reduced travelling

The city centre location of the conference venue ensures a rich choice of accommodation options to suit all preferences from budget to 5 star.

Social Programme
From whiskey tasting to traditional music sessions, theatres or local restaurants, Dublin’s nightlife offers much variety for the IUGA delegate while magnificent and historic houses provide the perfect backdrop for the Conference Dinner and other private dining venues.

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