WMOF2018 Pastoral Congress Venue



The Royal Dublin Society (RDS) is the venue for the WMOF2018 Pastoral Congress. It is one of Ireland’s premier event locations hosting conferences, exhibitions and trade shows which span science, the arts, agriculture, business and equestrianism. It is home to the famous annual Dublin Horse Show and to the Leinster Rugby team. Located on a 42-acre site on Merrion Road, Ballsbridge, close to Dublin City Centre, the RDS is divided into two main areas – the Main Complex and Simmonscourt. These areas are divided by Simmonscourt Road.

Download here the RDS map


  • Tuesday 21 August Doors open 18:00 - 20:00 
  • Wednesday 22 - Friday 24 August Doors open at 07:30 and close at 21:00.
  • Saturday 25 August Doors open at 09:00 and close at 14:00.

Note: The doors of the RDS will close one hour after the finish of the last workshop each day.


There is no parking in the RDS during the WMOF2018 Congress.

Paid parking options near the venue:

Name of Car Park: Merrion Cricket Club (Not available Sat)
Distance to RDS: 400m -  5 min walk to Anglesea Gate
Price for pilgrim: €20 per day - €150 per week
Opening & Closing Times: Flexible
Booking Options: Online
No. of Spaces Available: 400 cars approx
website: http://www.merrioncricketclub.com/

Name of Car Park: Marian College
Distance to RDS: 900m - 11 min walk to Merrion Rd Gate
Opening & Closing Times: 6am-12am
Booking Options: On site
No. of Spaces Available: 160 cars max
Link to google mapshttps://goo.gl/maps/Pt9WUH1Fm5E2

Name of Car Park: UCD
Distance to RDS: 3.2km 
Coach Parking Only (no shuttle)
No. of Spaces Available: 70 coaches only
Link to google maps: https://goo.gl/maps/pjWRd1DddXx

Name of Car Park: St. Mary's Church of Ireland, Donnybrook
Available Wed-Sat (not Tues)
Distance to RDS: 400m -  5 min walk to Anglesea Gate
Price for pilgrim:  €10.00
Opening & Closing Times: 7am-late
Booking Options: On site
No. of Spaces Available:  40-50 cars approx
Link to google maps: https://goo.gl/maps/ATUgjZcYEq92

Name of Car Park: Licensed Vintners Association, Anglesea Road 
Distance to RDS: 700m - 9 min walk
Price for pilgrim:  €20.00
Opening & Closing Times: 7.30am-9pm
Booking Options: Onsite
No. of Spaces Available: Approx 280 cars
Link to google mapshttps://goo.gl/maps/o8jfeZgoPeR2


Pilgrims are advised to use public transport to the venue and back into the city. The following is a good website which brings together information and services on public transport provision in Ireland in an accessible and easy to use way: www.transportforireland.ie


The RDS is serviced by the Aircoach (Route 702) that brings customers directly to and from Dublin airport. Aircoach stops are located on Merrion Road in front of the RDS main complex entrance. Aircoach Bookings for people with disabilities must be made in advance. Visit www.aircoach.ie or call +353 (0)1 844 7118 for more information.

The RDS is serviced by a number of bus routes:
• Merrion Road stops: 4, 7, 7A, 28, 27X
• Donnybrook Road stops: 116, 118, 145, 25X, 39A, 41X, 46A, 46E, 66X, 67X, 7B, 7D, 84X

(Note: The RDS is approx. a 10-minute walk from Donnybrook Road)

Visit www.dublinbus.ie for more information. 

In Dublin, the electric rail system called the DART (Dublin Area Rapid Transit) is a quick and easy way to get around Dublin. It runs along the coast of the Irish Sea from Malahide or Howth in north County Dublin southwards as far as Greystones, Co Wicklow. DART services operate every 15 minutes all day between 6:00am-11:00pm. DART stations close to the RDS include Sandymount and Sydney Parade. Visit www.dart.ie for more information.


There will be limited wheelchair parking off Merrion Road, at the front of the RDS, on a first-come, first-served basis. There is no parking in the RDS during the WMOF2018 Congress. 


Many of the workshops and events will have simultaneous sign language translation. Please check our App or the WMOF2018 website for further information.


There are no facilities to leave baggage and coats within the RDS. We recommend that you ‘travel light’ and leave all non-essential items at your accommodation.


There are a number of information points throughout the venue. They are clearly signed and attended by volunteers who will be able to assist pilgrims. Many of our volunteers have additional languages and will be able to assist pilgrims whose first language is not English.


The Order of Malta provides the emergency first responder and Ambulance services. Check the venue map for locations. Roving First Aid Patrols provide cover in all areas of the RDS as required. 
Please note - only primary care is provided at the venue first aid posts and medical centres. Pilgrims, volunteers and programme participants requiring further treatment will be directed to national health care facilities or referred to medical specialist where required. 


There is free wi-fi throughout the RDS. 


The Comfort Keepers Team, alongside McCabes Pharmacy, are providing a care and respite facility throughout the event. The Comfort Keepers Team is an organisation that provides care to people in their own homes within communities throughout Ireland and are delighted to share in this event with those communities and with people from far and away. 
McCabe’s Pharmacy will be on site to offer some expert advice and assist with any medication or emergency prescription needs you may have. They will also have some everyday items available in case you may need them such as sun cream, plasters, tissues and more. 


There is a wide range of catering options available for pilgrims throughout the RDS. Please be mindful that no food is permitted at workshops. 


There are two stations in the RDS where lost children will be brought and cared for until they are reunited with their family. The stations are located at either end of the RDS campus and are clearly marked on the map. 


For health and safety reasons, and to ensure the comfort of everyone, all the halls in the RDS have maximum capacity numbers. If a room is full, pilgrims will be encouraged to visit another of the many other workshops taking place. We also have a full programme for all the family available in the Family Arena and many activities ongoing in each of the Congress spaces. 


Media are attending the events; videos and photographs will be taken that may be used on our website and across all social media channels. 


Smoking or the use of vaporisers are prohibited in any indoor section of the RDS campus. 


Our many volunteers are easily identifiable in their distinctive blue and Green uniforms. They are happy to answer questions or assist pilgrims in any way they can – just ask 

Contact Us

WMOF2018 Office

Holy Cross Diocesan Centre,

Clonliffe Road, Dublin 3, Ireland

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