2020 International Convention (Ireland I)
June 21-26, 2020
Killarney, County Kerry, Ireland
If you are interested in the pre-convention motorcycle or coach tour or the post convention coach tour BOOK NOW! Space is limited or gone for the motorcycle tour and the coach tours are filling. YES, you can book these now even though Americans cannot register for the convention or book a hotel until August.
(Some additional information received by various members of WI VI the week of 6-23-2019 and 8-12-2019)
ALL reservations for all of the tours, convention registration and reservations for the hotels are being handled through Celtic Horizon Tours. Click here to see the Blue Knights packages on their website. The Celtic Horizon website collects the full cost of the package you are purchasing but you can make a non-refundable deposit for the convention, hotel and tours by calling them at +353-1-629-2000. (Full payment will be required 8 weeks prior to the start of the tour.)
HOTEL & CONVENTION REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN TO THE USA. Some notes on hotel & convention registration:
- Hotel reservations must be made through Celtic Horizon Tours as they have contracted the convention rooms from the Gleneagle.
- You will be charged at least a non-refundable deposit of €406.00 ($454.40 US) per double room for the 2020 BK International Convention. This is not the usual hotel arrangement but is Celtic Horizon's requirement and they have all the convention rooms under contract. You could pay the entire room cost if you want.
- Celtic Horizon is also processing the registration/payment for the convention. You can pay the entire €168.00 ($188.03 US) registration fee or a €50.00 ($55.96 US) non-refundable deposit.
- You will need T-shirt size(s) when you register for the convention.
Time: Ireland is 6 hours ahead of the USA so you'll want to call them early in the morning.
Credit Card Fees: Many credit cards assess an International Transaction Fee for using the card outside of the USA and/or North America. These fees can be steep so you'll want to check before you use a card.
Telephone Charges: There are inexpensive ways to call Ireland. Verizon wireless charges $1.99/minute to call Ireland (Unless you pay for an International Calling Plan) but Google Voice only charges $0.02/minute and you can probably do it from your smartphone or computer. You can also use Skype or a number of other VoIP services to save on cost.
Money: You'll probably want to bring some Euros along but the ATMs will take Visa & Mastercard. Amex is NOT widely accepted.
Convention Events: There will be some 1/2 day and full day coach tours during the convention. Itineraries and costs for those tours have not been finalized as of 6-25-2019 but they will not be included with your registration.
Host Hotel: The host hotel is the Gleneagle, the Brehon is overflow. It appears that the banquet will be at the INEC Center which is walking distance between the two hotels.