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34Conference+Meetings WorldOctober 2010PHOTO RANGEA grand opening for the Celtic tigerThe Convention Centre, Dublin (CCD) officially opened for business on 7 September after 40 months of development. Ireland's first purpose-built conferencecentre can host events for up to 8,000 people and management says 150 eventshave already been secured worth ?110m (£90m) in economic benefit for the city.Top left:The completed convention centre sits proud on the banks of The Liffey. Top middle:A close up view of the CCD, which has 22 meetingspaces, including a 2,000-seat auditorium and 4,500sqm of exhibition space. Top right:The glass dome gives a new meaning to the phrase'natural daylight'. Middle left:The opening gala dinner gathered 870 international meetings professionals and media, including CMW. Middle, right upper:National tourism body, Failte Ireland, held its annual Meet in Ireland networking event in the CCD during the opening week.Middle, right lower:Irish boy band, Westlife, performed for the crowd. Bottom, left upper:Irish-born, USA-based, architect Kevin Roche explainsthe design thinking. Bottom left lower:Irish and international meetings professionals test the CCD's break out facilities. Bottom middle:Thevenue's Chief Executive Nick Waight. Bottom right:Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen (left) gets a handle on the Dublin icon with Kevin Roche.

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