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12 November 2009 @ 03:20 pm
The first Irish Discworld Convention is now over, and we want your videos and photographic evidence, erm, memories of the event. So if you have uploaded your images then please let us know and we’ll compile a large list for people to enjoy.

Please send your links to web@idwcon.org

Thank you to the guests, the hotel staff and everyone of you for making this a very enjoyable event, and hopefully the first of many.

Our memories page is now available.
02 November 2009 @ 04:29 pm
Please reply to this asap. We need names, times and points of arrival for those that need a little help getting from the airport/station to the Con.

Please email idwc2009@hotmail.com

Your name
Date of arrival
Time of arrival
Date of departure
Time of departure
Flight time (departure)
Collection point: Airport/Station

Based on numbers we will then either have the bus or the taxi.

Again, please reply quickly. Thanks a million, guys! See you soon!

27 October 2009 @ 09:03 pm
It's 10 days to the Convention, we've got seven Guests, it's nearly Halloween, and we've got the programme sorted - it should be at the printers by now.

Here is just a reminder of some of the fantastic things that will be happening over the course of the weekend.

Kaffee Klatches: Six people have a private chat with a Guest over a coffee. (Sign-up at least three hours in advance)

NaNoWriMo write-ins: NaNoWriMo takes places every November, so for those of you who are attempting to write a 50,000 word novel, we've set aside a few sessions for you to do it in.

Unseen University Challenge: A Discworld-based version of the UK TV quiz show University Challenge. We need six teams of four to compete, and the winning team will play a team of Guests and Committee. (Sign-up on Friday)

Interviews with each of the Guests. Watch amazed as a committee member forgets what they were going to say next as they talk to someone who has their own wikipedia article.

Get a Life: When people hear you are a fan of speculative fiction, they think you're a geek with no life. Spend five minutes telling people about the things you do to prove them wrong. (Sign-up at Registration)

Maskerade: Got a costume? Got an act? Got both? Then this is where you show it off. Fabulous prizes to be won! (Sign-up on Friday)

The Oswalds: The Discworld's Oscars are in town. This is a ticket-only posh dinner, complete with a pre-dinner reception, and after-dinner speeches. The Maskerade prizes will be given out during this event. (Book online before Monday November 2nd)

Music With Rocks In: An unplugged set by anyone who turns up with music and an instrument. Good for singalongs and a fine sense of camararderie.

Charity Auction: We're selling off loads of stuff to the highest bidder in aid of The Alzheimer's Society of Ireland. Bring money!

Plus lots of games, panels, and randomly interesting stuff happening all weekend. And donkeys! Did I mention the donkeys? We have donkeys.
22 October 2009 @ 10:29 pm
When you're a famous author, it's easy to get waylaid by people wanting to give you things. Like honourary doctorates, and 5 course banquets. Which is what Trinity College, Dublin, are going to be giving a certain Sir Terry Pratchett OBE on Friday the 6th of November. That unfortunately means that he and Colin Smythe will not be arriving at IDWCon until Saturday morning. But don't worry, we have plenty of stuff for you to do before then, like sign up for the Maskerade, or a quiz or two, or go to a Chéilí. Just think, you'll be having more fun than Terry Pratchett on Friday night - he'll be trapped behind a dinner table or in a bar, while you're watching the English members of the ConCom's attempts at Irish dancing!
13 October 2009 @ 12:35 pm
For those of you who can’t make the four days and are wondering how you’ll be able to buy tickets, then you’ll be happy to know that membership will be available on the door of the Falls Hotel either at the membership desk (on Friday only) or in Ops (all weekend).

We’ll have day tickets and a two day Saturday/Sunday ticket available. Prices will be announced shortly.

If you’re coming on a day ticket or the two day ticket and want to come to the Oswalds Awards Dinner you’ll be happy to know that that’s possible. Book early! Bookings for the Gala Dinner close on Monday the 2nd of November.

If you’re coming on a day ticket or the two day ticket and wish to book a room in the hotel using the members discount then you’ll need to email one of us at info@idwcon.org.

To those who’d like a very special part in the weekend, we need a Ridcully (send pic to info@idwcon.org) and a Victor (Moving Pictures, and please email info@idwcon.org).
Even more Updates:

Find fresh news about the Oswalds, the games and the panels now available! See the Planned Events for those and more!
28 September 2009 @ 04:03 pm
We have now opened up the members area on the site with some downloads for you. These currently include a shiny pdf copy of our newsletter and more importantly a copy of the Maskerade Entry Form!

We have also added in a Gala Dinner booking page, at a bargain price of just €38 - see here for full details.

To access this you'll need to visit the here.

Your Username, is your real name that you used when you signed up for the Convention.

Your password is the Cart ID that was sent out in your confirmation email.

However if you haven't got that to hand you can use the 'Lost your password' function and be sent out a new password.

If you have any problems trying to gain access to the site, then please contact Rich via: web@idwcon.org
22 September 2009 @ 02:51 pm
Welcome Citizens, to the First Oswald Award Ceremony!

At this, the First Irish Discworld Convention, we will be hosting the first Oswald Award Ceremony. Hosted by two well known Discworldian Celebraties, speeches by Terry Pratchett and guests and dancing by everyone. Awards will be given for catagories such as Best Costume, and Best Costume in a Supporting Role (for those costumes worn over the whole weekend). Black Tie, White Tie or Fancy Dress (whether that means an actual dress or a costume), come as you're prepared to be snapped! (Photographer on the door!)

Registration opens this weekend, Sept 26th so be prepared!
22 August 2009 @ 01:19 pm
This is just a reminder to everyone to get on and book your hotel rooms quickly. We are now only 77 days (11 weeks, 2½ months) from the Convention, and the hotel will not be keeping rooms back for us for all that time.

All you have to do to book is ring the hotel on +353 (0)65 707 1004. You will need to give them your IDWCon membership number in order to receive the special discounted convention rate. Also, please remember that there is a single person supplement on top of any rate you end up paying for the room, so if haven’t already got a room mate, head over to the room-share thread in the forums and get one (you need to register on the forums).

Remember - if you don’t tell them your membership number, you pay extra.
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25 July 2009 @ 07:39 pm
On the 1st of August (one week from now), membership prices for the first Irish DiscWorld Convention, to be held at the Falls Hotel, Ennistymon, Co.Clare from the 6th to 9th of November 2009, go up.

Current PricePrice from 1st Aug
Junior (7-12)€15.00€15.00
Child (6 or under)FreeFree
Teddy Bear€ 5.00€ 5.00

Family memberships (for 2 adults and 2 juniors) will remain at €85.00 for the weekend, with additional juniors being €10.00 each.

19 July 2009 @ 11:39 pm
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