It is highly recommended that participants have completed a PDC because the EUPC is the place for the development of permaculture practice across Europe rather than a public facing conference promoting permaculture or educating on permaculture. We hope to have a beginners track for recent PDC graduates to help guide them through the EUPC, but the majority of what goes on is aimed at developing the more experienced community of practice. It is hoped that this contributes to building and strengthening permaculture and ultimately be disseminated to learners on PDCs throughout Europe.
We cannot police this recommendation as it would be complicated to have everyone give us documentation to prove they have done a PDC. Instead on the booking form we’ve included some questions about PDC attendance and equivalents, as well as, a space for explaining some of the reasons you might not have access to a PDC but are self-studying or practicing permaculture etc.
We leave the choice up to you, as always guided by permaculture ethics.
If you don’t feel that the convergence is suitable for you but are interested in finding out more about permaculture in Ireland, the All Ireland Permaculture Gathering is to be held at Knockree Hostel the week before the convergence. Please see www.permaculture.ie for more info on that!
Children under 15 years old are free as long as they are accompanied by a ticket holding adult. There will be a children’s programme currently being developed by the children’s team informed and inspired by children in permaculture and forest schools practices. The valley has a river running through it. The camping field is above the river with a path and small woodland between. Parents should make themselves familiar with the site and be responsible for their children at all times outside of programme hours. Parents should be contactable by children’s programme staff during activities in the case of need.
ADDRESS: Knockree Youth Hostel, Lackan House, Lackandarragh, Enniskerry, County Wicklow
We’re sure you can navigate around yourself – but here’s a helping hand with plenty of travel choices available!
Decimal: Latitude 53.172922 N Longitude -6.217918 W
Minutes & Hours: Latitude 53°10’25.5″N Longitude 6°13’04.5″W
By car / Minibus / Coach
1. Follow Directions to Enniskerry Village
2. From Enniskerry Village, follow Directions to Hostel
Directions To Enniskerry Village
From Dublin West – Take M50 Southbound from Junction 9 (Red Cow)
From North & Dublin Airport : Take M1 Southbound onto M50 (pass Junction 9)
From Dublin City (North) & Dublin International Hostel : M50 Southbound.
M50 Southbound all the way onto N11 Southbound, past Bray North, then take Exit 7 at Bray South, signed for Greystones & Enniskerry. Then follow directions below from Exit 7
From Dublin Port: Alexandra Road out of port then left onto R801 (always heading southbound) over East Wall toll bridge onto East Wall Road (R131) – Stay on R131 along Beach Road in Sandymount until railway crossing, keep left onto Merrion Road (R118) approx 2 miles, until you see turn for N11 signposted to the right. This is Booterstown Avenue at the top of which you turn LEFT for N11 heading southbound (signposted Bray/Wicklow/Wexford) Once on N11 continue until Exit 7 (past Bray North) – Further directions below from Exit 7
From Dublin South City: N11 Southbound then follow below directions from Exit 7.
From EXIT 7 : onto roundabout and take last exit (right) off the roundabout signposted Dublin and Enniskerry and cross the flyover onto another roundabout then take the last exit down slipway onto N11 Northbound (direction Dublin), stay in slip-lane 100 metres then immediate next left – Exit 6A – onto the ’21-bends’ the R767 – direction Glencree also signposted for Powerscourt – – to Enniskerry village.
From South or South East (Bray South/Wicklow/Arklow/Wexford/Rosslare)
N11 Northbound: (direction Dublin) past 1st exit ramp for Bray (South) turn off left at Exit 6A (before green iron footbridge ) onto the R767 (the ’21 bends’) – to Enniskerry village, also signposted for Powerscourt.
From Dublin Road: northbound turn left onto Old Connaught Ave, (if coming southbound into Bray turn right at junction), then left at Old Conna Village junction with Thorndale Rd (signposted St Gerards School) then sharp right onto Ballymaan Road (signposted Old Dunlaoghaire Golf Club) continue 2,5km then left at T-junction Monastery Cross (OLD Texaco Garage site ) 1km downhill into Enniskerry village
From Old Dublin Road( in/out of Loughlinstown/Shankill) onto Stonebridge Road or Old Bray Road from Woodbrook onto Crinken/Ballybride Road /Ferndale Road, Rathmichael Road (right of Rathmichael Church) onto Ballycorus Road, at junction with lights at Ballycorus –Kilternan turn left onto old Enniskerry Road to Monastery Cross (OLD Texaco Garage site) then veer left of the garage, continue downhill 1km into Enniskerry Village
From Enniskerry Village to Hostel – Approx 14 minutes drive
From Enniskerry Village – Take a right fork at the Monument (the Spar Shop will be on your right).Head in the direction of Glencree and travel past the Fruit and Veg shop on the left. Continue uphill 3km /2 miles on Kilgarron Hill through Kilmolin onto Glencree Drive. Continue another 2.5 km (under 2 miles) and you’ll see Brook Cottage Guest House on left, and Cherryhill Farm on right. Continue until you see flagpoles on your left and the Hostel on your right-hand side.
By car, small bus or minibus or on foot from bus-stop (see Coach directions below)
Just past Cherryhill Farm House:
Take the next Left Turn (It is the only signposted left turn since Enniskerry village) posted for ‘Waterfall’, Oak Lawn B&B’ and ‘Knockree Youth Hostel’. Downhill approx 1km. At T-junction facing Old Annacrivey Schoolhouse, you also are facing a blue pole marked ‘Hostel’, and signposted on your right downhill for ‘Oak Lawn B&B’ and ‘Knockree Youth Hostel’. It is a sharp right here downhill, over a little bridge, back uphill past Oak Lawn Guest House on left, a few houses on each side, a new bungalow ‘Finns Meadow’ on left followed by a blind bend to the left at Knockree Cottage with the pillars for Knockbawn House on the right, (the road here becomes very narrow) continue on past Glaskenny Stables & Farm on your left, approx another 1km further you will find the Hostel on the right-hand side. Note the Car Park is BEHIND the building – go past it and take the next entrance. You may not leave cars on the roadside.
Do not take the first Left Turn (signposted for the Hostel and Waterfall and Oak Lawn as above). Continue up the Glencree Drive, approx 2.5km further, passing Curtlestown School and Church on right and Curtlestown Woods on right. The ‘Wicklow Way’ travels along this road a short distance from the exit at Curtlestown Woods (on your right) . You are looking for a small left turn. Find Barnamire Lodge and the ‘Community Alert Area’ Sign on left, then there is a small turn left at the Hostel Sign (old-style small brown sign with hostel logo),and ‘wicklow way to Glendalough’ Sign, up a short narrow lane (just wide enough for a coach), high hedges on each side, which widens out at the top. Veer right and continue approx 3 km through the valley on a narrow road until you reach the lay-by/turning-circle at Knockree Hill, which is the Wicklow Way staging point for Knockree. The Wicklow Way is signposted each side of the road. Leave Coach here and continue on foot 200m to Hostel on left .
(If you miss the turn described above and get as far as Cloon Forest on your left, turn there and come back, looking for a right turn, the Hostel sign will be past the turn)
By public transport
To Bray: nearest large town, 11k from Hostel.
Then follow directions From Bray to Hostel
OR Enniskerry : nearest village, 7k from Hostel
Then follow directions from Enniskerry Village to Hostel
From Dublin Airport: Aircoach direct from Dublin Airport to Bray Main Street
From Dublin City: Dublin Bus Route 145 from Heuston Rail Station or D’Olier Street to Kilmacanogue via Bray
DART (electric train service) from Connolly Station or Tara Street Station or Pearse Station to Bray Station
From Dublin City: Dublin Bus Route 44 from O’Connell Street to Enniskerry Village centre. Approx 70 minutes journey
From Bray to Hostel: Dublin Bus Route 185 from Bray Station or Bray Main Street to Shop River Terminus (3 k from Hostel) via Enniskerry . Follow directions below on foot from Terminus to Hostel
OR Taxi from Bray Station – BRAY CABS €20 to Hostel
From Enniskerry to Hostel: Dublin Bus Route 185 from Enniskerry Village to Shop River Terminus (3k from Hostel)
OR Taxi from Village to Hostel – ask in Powerscourt Arms pub for local driver. Approx €15 to Hostel
On foot from Terminus at Shop River to Hostel: takes 30 minutes. The Terminus is merely a bus stop at the side of the road. No shops & no amenities. It is not possible to call a taxi from there.
DO NOT DO THIS WALK IN DARKNESS. It is a rural area with no street lighting and very narrow roads. Mobile phone coverage is not available in parts of the area.
Stay on the left and walk on past Brook Cottage Guest House on left. Pass Cherryhill Farm House on right and take the next Left Turn posted for ‘Waterfall’, Oak Lawn B&B’ and ‘Knockree Youth Hostel’. Downhill approx 1km. At T-junction you also are facing a blue pole marked ‘Hostel’, and signposted downhill for ‘Oak Lawn B&B’ and ‘Knockree Youth Hostel’. You will go over a little bridge, back uphill past Oak Lawn left, a few houses on each side, a new bungalow ‘Finns Meadow’ on left followed by a blind bend to the left with stone pillars to the right. Pass Glaskenny Stables & Farm on your left, approx another 1km further you will find the Hostel on the right-hand side.