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Gaelcon is one of Ireland's largest games convention. It's backed and funded by the Irish Games Association.

Gaelcon repeatedly attracts participants from the UK, Mainland Europe, the USA, Canada and Israel.

This year Gaelcon will be returning to the Clontarf Castle, Dublin.

Gaelcon is now in its 20th year, and has been held in the RDS, the RHK, the Burlington hotel, Croke Park Conference Centre, Clontarf Castle and The Gresham Hotel.

At one point in time Gaelcon had a stuffed toy mascot called Hamish, Who was sent out into the world with the job of bringing the next years guest to the con. Sadly Hamish has vanished, his location unknown, he is presumed ... stuffed. In 1997 John Tynes had the letter H for Hamish shaved in to his head at the Charity Auction, raising IR£240 This may have had some thing to do with the disappearance of the beloved creature.

Past Gaelcon Locations...

  • 1989 RDS
  • 1990 Riverside Centre, Sir John Rogerson Quay
  • 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996 and 1997 Royal Hospital, Kilmainham.
    • Pub Quiz and Auction in The Old Rogue? Dormer's Bar?
    • Pub Quiz '96 in Dormer's Bar.
    • Pub Quiz '97 in the Green Lizard. A year when the takings very nearly didn't make it out and security first became a consideration.
  • 1998 Burlington Hotel.
    • Pub Quiz and Auction in the Hotel,
  • 1999 Croke Park.
    • Pub Quiz and Auction on site.
  • 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2003 Clontarf Castle.
    • 2000 Action was held in the Clontarf Rugby club pub.
    • Pub Quiz and Auction are held in the Main Hall.
  • 2004 Gresham Hotel.
    • The Pub Quiz and Auction were held in the "Living Room"
  • 2005, 2006, 2007and 2008 Clontarf Castle.
    • Pub Quiz and Auction are held in the Main Hall.


Clontarf Castle, October 27h - 29th 2007