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Leprecon is the annual convention of DU Gamers and has probably been running for over 37 years as of 2017. Leprecon was most probably the first gaming convention in Ireland.

The first event was organized by a group led by John Munro. The group mostly consisted of students from UCD and TCD. Gamers were invited to bring their own games for a pre-Internet meet & greet. Organisers made sure to display Napoleonic games, 1/300 micro-armour, SPI games as well as Dungeons & Dragons. The highlight, however, was a competitive D&D game in which several groups of players raced through a D&D maze, complete with sound effects. The event was covered by a Dublin newspaper.

LEPRECON ~1980 Con run in Ireland by Der Garvey and others at Trinity College Dublin. Quite successful by all accounts. May be more to come. - quoted from http://www.badpets.net/Diplomacy/AtoZ/KL.html

Over the years the con has had many different locations and motifs. For many, many years the GMB in the heart of Trinity's campus was home and while the building looked great it was always too small and usually too cold. In latter years, barring one hiccup, the con has taken place in the more spacious and modern Goldsmith Hall, just outside the eastern boundary of Trinity's official campus. This has allowed for a lot more experimentation in the area of special events and it also means that you aren't knocking over wargames every time you turn around.

In 1987 they were on Leprecon VIII. Even then, there was some dispute over whether it had run annually for eight years or if eight events had been run in a shorter period of time. Since 1987, Leprecon has run annually.

Convention Directors

Con Director Leprecon Year
John Munro Leprecon I  ????
John Munro Leprecon II  ????
???? Leprecon III  ????
???? Leprecon IV  ????
???? Leprecon V  ????
???? Leprecon VI  ????
???? Leprecon VII  ????
???? Leprecon VIII 1987
???? Leprecon IX 1988
???? Leprecon X 1989
???? Leprecon XI 1990
???? Leprecon XII 1991
???? Leprecon XIII 1992
???? Leprecon XIV 1993
???? Leprecon XV 1994
Paddy Fagan Leprecon XVI 1995
Des Barry Leprecon XVII 1996
Des Barry Leprecon XVIII 1997
Edward Storey Leprecon XIX 1998
Brian Nisbet Leprecon XX 1999
Claire Bradley Leprecon XXI 2000
John Cowan Leprecon XXII 2001
Eamon Honan Leprecon XXIII 2002
Dave Kearney Leprecon XXIV 2003
Aidan Walsh Leprecon XXV 2004
Colin Eager Leprecon XXVI 2005
Hugh Lardner Leprecon XXVII 2006
Mick (Savage) Fitzpatrick Leprecon XXVIII 2007
Baz Nugent Leprecon XXIX 2008
Cian O'Sullivan Leprecon XXX 2009
Dave Gorman Leprecon XXXI 2010
Aidan Duggan Leprecon XXXII 2011
Eoin (Siskey) Dornan Leprecon XXXIII 2012
Emily Neenan Leprecon XXXIV 2013
Emily Neenan Leprecon XXXV 2014
Aidan Marsh Leprecon XXXVI 2015
Rhys Dunne Leprecon XXXVII 2016
Oisin Creaner Leprecon XXXVIII 2017
???? Leprecon XXXIX 2018
???? Leprecon XL 2019

The convention's website is currently at http://leprecon.ie/