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COVID-19 Safety Measures

We are incredibly excited to be hosting this prestigious Conference in the stunning Maryborough Hotel from the 3-5 May 2022. We are planning for a fully in-person conference which will be the first time in 3 years that we have had the opportunity to come together for ICFD.

This video will hopefully give you our assurance that the safety and wellbeing of ICFD attendees is our top priority and that we, as hosts of the conference, are committed to providing a safe and secure environment throughout all aspects of the conference.


Ireland, as a country is now re-open for international travel and with over 90% of our population over the age of 12 vaccinated, plus with significant take up on our booster campaign, we have rolled out one of the world’s most efficient vaccination programmes.


Please continue to check the latest updates and government guidelines in Ireland as we will be adhering to all government guidelines when operating ICFD 2022. 


The past 2 years have made us appreciate the value of coming together, of sharing knowledge and of meeting friends old and new. ICFD 2022 will celebrate this by maximising the networking opportunities available at the conference and ensuring that delegates will come away from the conference with new connections, enhanced knowledge and excitement for the future.


ICFD 2022 promises to be a conference not to be missed. We invite you to join us from 3-5 May 2022 and experience our famous Irish warmth, welcome and culture. We truly look forward to extending our Cead Mile Failte (One Hundred Thousands Welcomes) to you all.

The Maryborough Hotel - Conference Venue

The Maryborough team is following all the stringent guidelines that are being recommended by the Government, the Health Service Executive and the World Health Organisation. There is a dedicated COVID Task Force who are here to support, and assist you - our guests, and indeed our team (who have all participated in the comprehensive training for the Failte Ireland Safety Charter).  To ensure you, our guests enjoy a safe and comfortable stay with us we have discreetly and tastefully integrated new hygiene and safety protocols into our business, so you can enjoy your safe and comfortable stay. 

Ballymaloe House - Venue for the Cultural Night
Strict new COVID 19 protocols are in place thanks to our dedicated COVID RESPONSE TEAM to ensure that we, along with our guests, team, family and suppliers all adapt to the hospitality worlds new normal. Following guidelines advised by the Government of Ireland and the HSE, we have implemented a number of controlled measures across each department.
We take great pride, as always, in maintaining the highest standards of cleanliness and hygiene. We ask all our guests to please:

  • Use sanitising stations and wash hands regularly

  • Observe social distancing with other guests and staff

  • Supervise and remain present with your children at all times

  • We encourage card or room charges for all payments.

  • Please continue to observe the recommendation of the HSE as has been advised by the government since the onset of the Coronavirus

  • If you feel ill, we would ask you to respectfully please not come to Ballymaloe.

With regret, failure to adhere to these regulations will leave us with no other option but to ask you to vacate the premises in the interests of public health.
Please understand that this for YOUR safety as much as our staff and other guests, and to ensure that everyone has a safe and pleasant guest experience with us.

Cork Airport

Passenger safety and protection is our main priority at Cork Airport. While aspects of your experience will stay the same, we have put in place new COVID-19 safety measures to help protect you. Take a look at the video and information on the Cork Airport site for further information

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