Ceád míle fáilte - one hundred thousand welcomes - to Cork and the 5th International Conference on Social Software. This conference combines the old and the new: the historic city of Cork plays host to developers, academics and practitioners discussing the latest developments in the world of social software. The conference will be held at the Kingsley Hotel from 3rd to 4th March 2008. For details on getting to Cork, see our travelling page. We have also listed some nearby accommodation resources.

Conference Site

The Kingsley Hotel in Cork will serve as the venue for the BlogTalk 2008 conference. The Kingsley is located 2.9 km from the city centre. Further directions to the hotel are available on our travelling page.

We will provide tea / coffee and lunch to all registered delegates. The main conference room holds 200 to 250 people, and has three projector screens. We will also have a number of breakout rooms for variable use.

About Cork City

Cork is the second largest city in the Republic of Ireland. It is situated on the River Lee, which flows into one of the world's largest natural harbours on the south coast. The city was given its charter in 1185, and a university was established there in 1845. Greater Cork has a population of 380,000.

One of Cork's most well-known buildings is a church tower that houses the Bells of Shandon. Both Murphy's and Beamish stout are still brewed in the city. The main shopping district is the pedestrianised St. Patrick's Street in the city centre. The English Market in Cork is a famous covered market for fish, fruit, meat, spices and luxury foods that was constructed in 1786 (with origins back to 1610). Other attractions near Cork include the Blarney Stone and Fota Island.

The climate of Cork, like the rest of Ireland, is mild, moist and changeable with abundant rainfall and a lack of temperature extremes. Average temperatures in March are 3 to 9 degrees celsius. More information on Cork is available from the Cork Guide website.