SI Dublin 2023 Social Events

During the Convention you will have ample opportunities to network and engage with delegates.

Thursday, 27 JULY 2023

Friendship Night – Welcome Reception

Date: Thursday, 27th July 2023
Location: The Convention Centre Dublin
Time: 18:30 – 20:30
Ticket price: included in the convention fee

All delegates are invited to attend the SI 2023 Friendship Night. Light food and refreshments will be served.

Friday, 28 JULY 2023

Steam Train Experience

Join the Soroptimist 2023 Convention Steam Train Experience for a truly unique experience.

No.85 was built for express passenger trains on the Dublin – Belfast line, the main line which links Ireland’s two biggest cities. Merlin dates from 1932, and is one of the Great Northern Railway (Ireland’s) famous V class 4-4-0s. The V Class were the most celebrated engines designed by George T. Glover, who before became Chief Locomotive Designer for the GNR(I) in 1912 (a position he held until 1933) had worked for England’s North-Eastern Railway. The compound V Class locomotives brought much interest from the railway press when they were built. The first three-cylinder engines in the whole of Ireland, they weighed 103 tons 11 cwt including tender. For the time they were also unusual in having round-topped boilers and Stephenson’s valve gear.

More than 70 years on, Merlin has given pleasure to many people since the official launch of its preservation career in 1986 – and only ever experienced minor mechanical problems. In fact, No.85 is one of the best in the Railway Preservation Society of Ireland stable, but then she is a GNR(I) engine after all!

Take your seat in the fine comfortable coaches, arguably the last traditional Irish carriage design as it winds its way up the north Dublin/Meath/Louth coastline. Share a light meal with fellow passengers (cold plate, wine/tea coffee) and immerse yourself in this unforgettable experience.

Meet in Connolly Train Station for boarding:  time TBA – Connolly train station is 10/12minute walk from the CCD
Train Departs: Time TBA
Return to Connolly Station: TBA
Ticket Price Per person: TBA

Includes Steam Train experience and light refreshments.


Forget dusty archives and ancient artefacts. EPIC is unlike any museum you’ve ever experienced before – it’s a fully interactive experience. You will uncover the dramatic and inspiring stories of the Irish people who travelled the world, reliving some of their greatest achievements in music, literature, sport, politics, fashion, science and more. From the celebrated to the unsung, these stories speak of a shared character; of creativity and strength, audacity and ingenuity, resilience and brilliance and offer a unique lens through which this nation can be fully understood. Once you’ve had a chance to explore the EPIC museum, enjoy a light supper with drinks and catch up with friends old and new.

Depart CCD: time TBA – EPIC is a short walk from the CCD
Event Starts: 19:00
Event to finish: 22:00
Ticket Price Per person: TBA

Includes EPIC museum experience, light dinner and drinks.

Nancy Hands – traditional Irish night

Join us in Nancy Hands for a night of craic agus ceol (fun and music). Enjoy dinner and drinks with friends, learn how to make the perfect Irish coffee and then sit back and enjoy the best of traditional Irish Music and dance. The name Nancy Hands adorns the ornate dome window and copper frieze of this unique public house. The interior features authentic Victorian bar and original staircase from Trinity College, trodden by Michael Caine featured in the film ‘Educating Rita’ and a collection of rare and beautiful Guinntiques describing a lifetime of Guinness advertising. Nancy Hands has firmly established itself with its unique offering of a quality bar & restaurant and has won several awards for its food & cocktails over the years.

Depart CCD: time TBA
Return transfer to city centre and CCD: time TBA
Ticket Price Per person: TBA

Includes dinner, transfers, Irish Coffee making demonstration and traditional Irish music and dancing

Saturday, 29 JULY 2023

Gala Dinner

Date: Saturday, 29th July 2023
Location: The Convention Centre Dublin
Time: 18:30 – 23:00
Ticket price: TBC convention delegate/TBC for additional tickets – over 18s event.

Ticket price includes bus transfers to and from the venue, dinner, drinks and entertainment.