Update to Hotel Booking Cancellation Policy

Hello everyone,

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.

Accommodation news

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.

Chair's Blog: One Year to Go

Today Shamrokon is one year away, which is both exciting and terrifying!

Back from the pastExciting, 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.

Chair's Blog: Announcing to Eurocon

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.

Chair's Blog: How it all began

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.

Membership Price & Type Update

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!

Online Registration

Hello everyone,

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.

Fourth Guest of Honour

We are proud to announce our Fourth Guest of Honour for Shamrokon, the Dublin Eurocon, in 2014.

Our new guest of honour is Andrzej Sapkowski, the Polish writer of the Witcher.

The announcement took place at the 2013 Eurocon in Kiev today.

 

Convention visits

We have just returned from a great trip to Eastercon, the British National Science Fiction convention, in Bradford, UK.

We had a lot of fun there, and had a lot of interest in our convention. We are starting to build up for our trip out to Kiev for the 2013 Eurocon. We hope to see some of you there!

 

New Website

So our much delayed website has finally gone live. Things are still a little rough around the edges as we put all of the final touches into place, but please do have a look around, and if you hit any problems please do let us know.

I know some of you have been waiting for this for awhile, as you were hoping to be able to join online, however we are still not in a position to do that, but we should be soon. We are sorry for the delay, but we want to make sure that there are no issues with us taken memberships.

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