Gaelcon

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Gaelcon
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Introduction

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

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

Gaelcon is now in its 27th year, and has been held in the RDS, the RHK, the Burlington hotel, Croke Park Conference Centre, Clontarf Castle, The Gresham Hotel and the Ballsbridge Inn (D4 Hotels).

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 Industries Hall
  • 1990 Riverside Centre, Sir John Rogerson Quay
  • 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996 and 1997 Royal Hospital, Kilmainham.
    • Pub Quiz and Auction 94, 95 in The Old Rogue.
    • 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 Auction was held in the Clontarf Rugby Club bar.
    • 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, 2007 and 2008 Clontarf Castle.
    • Pub Quiz and Auction are held in the Main Hall.
  • 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 were held in the D4 Hotel, Ballsbridge Inn, Dublin 4.
  • 2011, was held in the RDS after flooding rendered the D4 Hotel, Ballsbridge unusable

Location 2014

D4 Hotels, Ballsbridge Inn, Dublin 4

http://www.d4hotels.ie/pages/ballsbridge-inn.php

Convention Directors

Con Director Gaelcon Year
Committee 1 1989
Committee 2 1990
Committee 3 1991
Committee 4 1992
Committee 5 1993
Committee 6 1994
Committee 7 1995
Tom Murphy 8 1996
Dave Roe 9 1997
Tom Roche 10 1998
Taryn Donnelly 11 1999
Sal Roche 12 2000
Brian Nisbet 13 2001
Colm Lundberg 14 2002
Gary Cosgrave 15 2003
Fergal O'Brien 16 2004
Chris Flanagan 17 2005
Aidan Walsh 18 2006
Aidan Walsh 19 2007
Hugh Lardner 20 2008
Andrew Coffey 21 2009
Baz Nugent 22 2010
Dave Gorman 23 2011
Cian O'Sullivan 24 2012
Graham Turner 25 2013
Oisin Creaner 26 2014
Eoin Murphy 27 2015
Fergal Mac Carthaigh 28 2016
???? 29 2015
???? 30 2018































Spirit of Gaelcon Award

  • Awarded every year to those who have embodied the ideals espoused by Gaelcon.

Gaelcon Writers Award

  • Inaugurated in 2006 for the best scenario in the convention.