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IRELAND: Authentic Incentive Experiences – Ballyknocken Cookery School

Ballyknocken House and Cookery School

Catherine Fulvio is a TV chef, food writer and owner of the Ballyknocken CatherineHouse and Cookery School in County Wicklow, Ireland. I had the pleasure to first meet Catherine in Ireland in 2005, while I was working for Tourism Ireland in New York. Catherine introduced me to her cookery school and beautifully restored the Ballyknocken Guest House, which dates back to the 1700s. That tour of the property and culinary experience still resonates with me, as I have recommended it as a unique travel destination. Catherine’s expertise and hands-on insight on Irish cuisine, melded with the backdrop of the beautiful Irish countryside, is an impressive experience for any visitor to Ireland. Almost a decade since my introduction, Ballyknocken House and Cookery School remains a wonderful destination and overall experience for the North American MICE market.

Incentives and Meetings Ballyknocken House

teamMICEport’s DMC in Ireland, Wallace Travel Group, has worked to create wonderful fun-filled team building days at Ballyknocken for North American clients. Travel groups can experience the beautiful countryside of County Wicklow, ‘The Garden of Ireland’, (about 45 minutes from Dublin City Center) and participate in cooking classes in the converted Milking Parlour on the farm (pictured here). Ballyknocken offers a spacious setting for team building activities, such as bodhran (traditional Irish drums) workshops, tin whistle classes and Irish Dance demonstrations. These activities, coupled with the culinary world’s “Taste of Ireland”, illustrate a very real and authentic experience for groups.

Two Programs in One

Many incentive clients operating programs in the Dublin area sometimes seek a ‘town and country experience’, while remaining close to Dublin airport. Wicklow offers that freedom for the group. Some clients schedule three days in Dublin city, followed by two or three days in the countryside. There are some great properties in the Wicklow area for medium and large groups, such as the new Powerscourt Hotel, Autograph Collection and Druids Glen Resort, just to mention two.

Ballyknocken’s St. Patrick’s Day Gift ~ Luck of the Irish!

Brown Bread imageWith St. Patrick’s Day just around the corner, Catherine Fulvio of Ballyknocken House was so gracious to send a little bit of Ireland to North America with her Great Grandmother’s Brown Irish Soda Bread recipe – Download Ballyknocken Soda Bread Recipe. How lucky are we to have such an authentic Irish culinary experience right in our own kitchens? Please send us a photo of your bakery delight to our Facebook page. Thank you Catherine!

More Information

For more information regarding incentives and meetings in Ireland, please contact MICEport at or our USA office at Tel: (215) 253 8924.


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Ireland – Druids Glen Resort Reinvestment and Refurbishment of almost €2 million


Druids Glen Resort is currently going through a substantial reinvestment and refurbishment plan of almost €2 million ($2.6 million) at the luxurious 5 star Wicklow property.  Wicklow is about 40 minutes south of Dublin Airport in the beautiful Wicklow countryside.

Druids Glen Resort focused on a significant technology upgrade across the Resort, from bedrooms to the sophisticated boardrooms and meeting rooms, as well as an elegant new look for all the hotel’s bedrooms, lobby area and meeting rooms designed by exciting Irish designer Ciara Ni Laoi of CLR Design.

New look Resort

Every aspect of the new look has been carefully considered, from the refurbishment of each individual bedroom to the bespoke, geometric design of the carpet in the freshly designed meeting rooms, reinforcing the Druids Glen Resort brand. The selected styles allow for greater flexibility of use and suit a wide variety of events including corporate meetings, incentives and events.

Investment in technology

From a technology point of view, the Wireless Bitbuzz service has now been upgraded to high speed internet 50Mbps upload and download speed, which can also be boosted to higher speeds if required. This is the equivalent to the fibre-optic capabilities available in any city centre location and means that Druids Glen Resort can ensure corporate and enterprise quality data connections at all times.

Implementation of in-room computing networks for working groups can also be managed and traffic can be separated from all other networks if necessary. Along with the upgrades to each individual meeting and boardroom, Druids Glen Resort is now capable of producing extremely high quality and state of the art events.

Take a look at Druids Glen Resort video below:

Druids Glen Resort is represented by MICEport LLC in North America for Groups, Meetings and Incentives. MICEport’s DMC in Ireland is Wallace Travel Group.  Take a look at


Ireland: Pre Clearance of US Customs and Immigration for Groups.

Dublin and Shannon Airports are two of only a handful of airports that offer the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) facilities outside of the USA.

So what does this mean for North American Groups?Picture1

  • Clear US Immigration and Customs in Dublin and Shannon;
  • Quicker transfer times in the US Airport;
  • Passengers arriving in the US are treated as domestic arrivals.

How does preclearance of US Immigration work?

  • When your clients get into Dublin or Shannon airports for their return to the USA (we would suggest 3 hours before take off), check-in as usual and then go through security.
  • Once they get through security, they can visit some of the fantastic Duty Free shops, restaurants, gift shops and VAT back office (we will be talking about this in another blog pretty soon);
  • Then your clients go to US Immigration and Customs hall. This is basically exactly the same as a US immigration and customs facility except that it is in Ireland.  The US Customs Border Security is run through The Department of Homeland Security and all of the updated information is there (
  • Once your clients clear customs and immigration, the flight lands as a domestic flight, with all of the privileges. Clients do not have to go through immigration or customs once they arrive in the US, so it is quick and easy to get to their next flight or other transportation needs.

We did a podcast on this subject and you can listen to it here or subscribe to our iTunes channel.  We have also added the official Dublin Airport US Immigration preclearance video below:

MICEport’s DMC in Ireland is Wallace Travel Group and the Ireland Resort hotel is Druids Glen Resort. Check out or email us at


AIBTM Chicago…Let’s Meet on Stand 763!

Team SeefriedMICEport will be exhibiting at AIBTM next week in Chicago with their great DMC from Austria and Germany, Team Seefried, on Stand 763.

Come by and meet us on the MICEport stand.  We have a MICEport buyers incentive* in place; if you book and confirm a meeting, incentive or group with one of MICEport’s partners for 2013, 2014 or 2015, we will give you an ipad mini, ipad or a donation to the charity that MICEport is working with in the country you book the meeting, incentive or group.

MICEport’s DMC Partners are from Ireland (Wallace Travel Group), Scotland (Hello Scotland), Austria and Germany (Team Seefried), Italy (Studio ITER) and Spain (DMC Protocol). MICEport’s hotel partner in Ireland is Druids Glen Resort.

*This incentive is in place from June 2013 to December 2013 on booked and confirmed business through MICEport LLC.

Meet MICEport Partners at IMEX Frankfurt

IMEX_LOGO_2013_D_SL_BMeet Scotland, Austria, Germany, Italy, Ireland & London

MICEport’s Partners will be at IMEX Frankfurt next week. Please make sure you drop by MICEport’s Partner stands or make an appointment, they will all be more than happy to see you.  

In the meantime we have attached a quick video on 

If you would like to discuss your meeting or incentive needs from North America, MICEport’s President, Matthew, will be attending IMEX, email  

Meet MICEport’s Partners – IMEX Frankfurt

Meet MICEport’s fantastic partners at IMEX Frankfurt 21-23 May, 2013. You can make an appointment with MICEport’s Partners on the IMEX diary website:


Destination Management Companies (DMCs)

  • Hello Scotland Scottish DMC  
  • Studio ITER Italian DMC
  • Team Seefried Austrian and German DMC
  • Wallace Travel Group Irish DMC

Hotel Companies

  • Druids Glen Resort  Irish 5 star Golf Resort 


  • London & Partners – Official Agency promoting the city of London 

MICEport’s President, Matthew McElroy, will be at IMEX on Tuesday and Wednesday and if you would like to meet with him please email


Ireland as a MICE Destination

For years, Ireland has been a popular Incentive and Meeting destination for North American companies. In the last couple of years Ireland has really stepped up the game and is offering North American MICE planners some really creative programs and developments in its product.

MICEport’s DMC in Ireland, Wallace Travel Group, knows that a successful group program is the result of meticulous planning, detailed product knowledge, close attention to details and great local partners; all the hallmarks of Wallace Travel Group’s approach to conference and incentives.

MICEport is hosting a webinar on November 28th “Ireland as a MICE Destination” which is now oversubscribed but we will be running a similar seminar in the coming weeks. In this seminar you will see our great DMC in Ireland and also our boutique hotel in Dublin, The Morgan and MICEport’s phenomenal resort on the outskirts of Dublin in the garden of Ireland, Druids Glen Resort.

We will also be putting a video of the presentation online. We will be doing webinars on some of our great destinations and clients in Scotland, Spain, Germany and Austria in the coming months.

Click here to submit an RFP to any of our partners.

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