Participants must book their accommodation on an individual basis and are encouraged to do so at the earliest opportunity to ensure availability.
Convenient accommodation options may be available on Campus or in the Glenroyal Hotel in the village of Maynooth.
Other options in/near Maynooth as listed here
Accommodation is also available at locations close to Maynooth, particularly in Lucan, Leixlip and Celbridge, which are on a bus route to Maynooth.
Delegates are advised to confirm the cost and availability of suitable travel options to Maynooth with these accommodation providers before booking.
Front Desk staff -Bill, Fiona or Katja
are on hand each day from 08.30-23.00 to ensure you have an enjoyable stay on campus.
+353 (0)1 708 6400
Breakfast will be available to residents each morning at Pugin Hall.
A morning and afternoon coffee/tea break will be provided each full day of the Course on Campus at a total cost of €30 per person. Participants may take lunch at their own cost at Pugin Hall on Campus where one hot course option or sandwiches will be available.
There are a range of restaurants available in the village of Maynooth where dinner may be enjoyed each evening.
International Student Guide
...A truly immersive and transformative experience and a critical lesson in interpersonal communication.
Communication Adviser to the European Commissioner for Regional Policy
Your mediation course was out of the top drawer, both in terms of content and delivery. The focus on the human side of mediation, and the emphasis on doing it (rather than just talking about it) through the Emerald Simulation resulted in a great learning experience. Your highly experienced team of facilitators and mentors complemented each other and went the extra mile to share their knowledge and personal insights; they really were outstanding.
An extremely interactive and dynamic course that shows the real meaning of “on the job training”.
From the very beginning every participant has been involved and included, and the exercise carried out as core activity is a truly mesmerizing experience.
Highly recommended especially for those who have to deal with conflict situations as part of their job.
DD – Italian MoD
The course was one of the best educational programs I have ever undertaken. The combination of distance learning, classroom instruction and practical lessons provided the optimal learning experience. The credentials of the tutors were outstanding and the method of teaching highly effective. Although the course is for CSDP Mediation training, I believe it would be useful for anyone in a management position.
P Mac B- Legal and Public Affairs/PR consultant
All the elements for success have been brought together to make a hit of this week: competent staff, friendly people, great venue, motivated trainees and well-balanced course content, varied activities.
DP EEAS – EUMS
"This is as real as it gets. I highly recommend it."
MEK, North Africa and Sahel, Crisis Management Initiative, Finland
“Truly an eye-opening experience. I particularly appreciated the innovative use of a whole team of renowned and long-standing Northern Ireland mediators, who provided a privileged and very much personalised insight into conflict mediation in action. The way they accompanied the training and the simulation throughout the week was a unique and most effective way to complement the learning experience."
CS-Justice Programme in Eastern DRC, UNDP
“Participating in the CSDP Mediation course of the Kennedy Institute is a unique experience. It offers the opportunity to learn directly from those courageous people that were involved in bringing together main actors in the Northern Ireland conflict. Then every participant gets the chance to apply those lessons in a very realistic scenario based exercise in conflict mediation, high up in a military base in the Wicklow Mountains. The course will help any diplomat dealing with conflict areas, multilateral negotiations or peace and security issues.”
Security Policy Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Netherlands
" This interactive course is delivered by highly experienced professionals with a great passion for mediation. It offers a good mix of academic learning and practical exercise. I particularly enjoyed the two day exercise as it allowed me to practise mediation and negotiation techniques in a safe but realistic environment. I took away valuable lessons and skills I can apply usefully in my day-to-day work."
SVM, European Union Integrated Border Assistance Mission (EUBAM) in Libya.
"The Course has been a fruitful learning experience in all aspects. The EU is very involved in many different regions and areas where conflicts demand the participation of selected forces and personnel to work hard in order to bring stability and peace for the affected population. In all these conflicts mediation and negotiation process are, at the end of the day, the essence of the activities carried out by the main actors. The Course represents a tremendous opportunity to increase our capabilities to face such situations, developing positive attitudes to better understand the problem and to identify suitable solutions. Sometimes (many times) is not all about solving problems but helping the parts in conflict to the find the solutions by themselves."
"Although I wasn't sure of what to expect by undertaking this course, I am now delighted I did. It was insightful, self-reflective, challenging and above all else, highly enjoyable. This was in part due to the excellent instruction given by the tutors. However, the main enjoyment stemmed from the cohesion and rapport established with the diverse nationalities and experiences of the course members. All this contributed to an excellent course. Thank you very much for a memorable week."
Officer, Defence Forces Ireland
"The real-life feeling of the simulation and the skillful feedback of the staff made sure I learned about myself as much as I learned about the CSDP mediation framework. This training bridges the gap between policy and field operations.”
CB,Direction des enquêtes,Autorité des marchés financiers (AMF)