Venue - The MAC

The Smart Energy Northern Ireland 2019 event will take place in the state of the art and award-winning MAC in the heart of the city.

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10 Exchange Street West, Belfast BT1 2NJ

Tel: 028 9023 5053

What On at the MAC?

The Permanent Present is the MAC's only permanent artwork, a major sculptural work by Irish artist Mark Garry commissioned by The Thomas Devlin Fund and the MAC. The sculpture consists of 400 metal wires in the main foyer of the MAC, creating a spectrum of colour that travels through the space. The installation reflects The Thomas Devlin Fund’s commitment to highlighting the futility of violence as well as the hopes and aspirations of our young people.

Getting to Belfast

VisitBelfast has lots of information on what to do in Belfast, where to stay and how to get there. Below are a few details to help you book your trip:


There are many hotels in Belfast for your stay.  Here are some recommedations all within a walk from the venue:

Bullitt Hotel
A short walk from the MAC:

AC by Marriott Hotel
With 188 bedrooms by the Harbour commissioners building on the edge of the Cathedral quarter:

Delegates can also book accommdoation through these links that provide the best available rate at the time of booking:

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With three airports, sea crossings from Scotland and England and a direct rail link from Dublin, plus direct flights from over twenty European cities and a number of North American locations, Belfast is easily accessible.


George Best Belfast City Airport
The airport is situated just three miles from Belfast City Centre. For connections from Britain and Europe Aer Lingus and FlyBE offer direct routes to many major airports. The Airport Express 600 bus service runs from the airport terminal to the city centre every 20 minutes (05.30 - 22.05) Monday to Friday.

Belfast International Airport
Belfast International Airport is 30 minutes drive via the M2 Motorway. The Airport Express 300 service operates between the airport and Belfast City Centre every 15 minutes Monday to Friday, every 20 minutes on Saturday and every 30 minutes on Sunday. This service operates 24 hours a day however night services are less frequent.

Airport Transfers
T: 028 7126 9996


Irish Rail operates services from towns and cities across the Republic of Ireland to Dublin's Connolly Station, where you can then catch a connecting train to Belfast. The Enterprise train service (provided jointly by Translink and Irish Rail), from Connolly Station to Belfast's Central Station, runs eight times daily (five times on Sunday) and takes approximately 2 hours 15 minutes. Book in advance at to avail of the best value fares. Your Enterprise ticket includes free onward rail travel from Belfast Central Station to Titanic Quarter Station (train stop for Titanic Belfast visitor attraction) as well as a free Metro Bus services from Belfast Central Station to the city centre.

T: 028 9089 9409

Bus Eireann provide bus and coach services, linking every major town and city in Ireland. For more information on routes and fares visit From Dublin, the X1 bus service (provided jointly by Translink and Bus Eireann) operates from Dublin Busáras in the city centre and Dublin Airport to Belfast, with 21 departures every day.

T: 028 9066 6630

From Dublin

Starting out from Dublin Airport, the M1 Motorway is well signposted for Belfast; this is a toll road and there is one Toll Plaza approximately 31 km from Dublin Airport. Continue on this Motorway signposted for Belfast. Just after passing the City of Newry the road becomes a dual carriageway (A1) and Motorway regulations fall away. At the Sprucefield roundabout (approximately 137 km from Dublin Airport) the A1 joins the M1 motorway (signposted The North, Belfast). Once within the Greater Belfast area the signs will display as City Centre. At Grosvenor Road Junction (approximately 152 km) leave the motorway and follow signs City Centre onto the B38.


Belfast is easily accessed by sea with crossings from both Scotland and England. Travel by state of the art superfast ferries with journey times from just 2 hours 15 minutes. Operators and travel times vary. Please check out Stena Line, P&O Irish Sea and the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company for travel options.


If you do drive to the event, the closest car park is at St Anne's Multi Storey which is just next to the MAC.