It's been an exciting few months on the Shamrokon committee and as August approaches we'd like to make a few announcements.
First off, we'd like to announce that Brian Nisbet has changed roles to become Co-Chair of Shamrokon, joining James at the helm! Before Christmas James felt that there were (and will be) a lot of critical things that need to happen before the con, and that there were aspects of the chair role with which he could use some assistance.
Wow things have been really busy the last few weeks, so much so we have to announce that our block booking with The Double Tree by Hilton on the Burlington road is full. We are in negotiations to expand the booking as we know many people prefer to stay in the hotel the convention is in.
Hope you are all doing well after the start of the new year and are keeping warm. With the surge in bookings for Hotel rooms for the Double Tree by Hilton, we just wanted to highlight some of the other hotel options which are now covered by the same improved booking policy.
There has been some consternation over the last few weeks regarding Shamrokon hotel rooms, and the cancellation terms which many regarded as too restrictive. When arranging a block booking, there will always be a balance between price and flexibility, and in negotiating a great price for our members, we didn't pay enough attention to the policy for those who need to cancel their booking.
Recognising the difficulty this causes for our members, we have renegotiated the terms with the hotel and our booking agent, who have both been extremely accommodating and helpful in this process.
Shamrokon is very happy to announce that our Accommodation Booking System is now open! We have partnered with Keynote PCO, a group-booking facilitator, to organise special reduced rates for Shamrokon members like yourself.
We’ve got great rates with the convention hotel, Doubletree by Hilton, of €95.00 per room for a person on their own and €115.00 per room for two people sharing. This price is inclusive of breakfast, taxes, and free WiFi.
Submitted by james on Thu, 08/22/2013 - 08:40
Today Shamrokon is one year away, which is both exciting and terrifying!
Exciting, because we're in pretty good shape. We've got most things well underway. The membership list is already long and it’s getting longer day by day. We've got a great list of guests (with a new one who'll be announced at Worldcon). And most importantly, we've got a great team working on the convention.
Submitted by james on Tue, 07/02/2013 - 07:36
It's May 2011, and I'm in Sweden with Gareth from Ireland, and Nodis, who is German but has been living in Ireland. We're here for Eurocon, and the Swedes have put together a pretty excellent convention.
Submitted by james on Thu, 06/06/2013 - 00:18
Hi there, and welcome to the Shamrokon Chair's blog, where I plan to talk about stuff going on behind the scenes at Shamrokon, at least as much as I can (there are some things we have to keep under wraps as negotiations are involved).
I thought I'd start with a little about how we got where we are.
The membership rate for Shamrokon has been €25 for some time now, but all good things must come to an end! On the 1st of June 2013 our full attending membership rate will be going up to €30. There will be further price rises (including for those 21 and under) as we get closer to the Convention. Supporting membership will remain at €10. You can take a look at our Membership FAQ page for the full breakdown and of course you can sign-up online here!
We are now in a position to accept online memberships from people using either Credit Cards or via PayPal. Head on over to the membership option on our main menu, or just follow this link.
Full attending Memberships remain at €25. We do offer an upgrade path for people who previously pre-supported, and we will be shortly sending out an E-mail to all of our remaining presupporters, offering them the chance to upgrade the membership they have to full attending, or Supporting.