Retro lovers unite for a not-for-profit, friendly annual meeting with other enthusiasts of Amiga, Commodore and life in general 🙂 Our next meetup is Friday & Saturday January 18th & 19th, 2019 and it’s going to be even more fantastic than before! We’ve been active since 2015, we meet every January and anyone can book a ticket. Read on to learn more…
There is something for everyone whether you are into games, hardware, software, demos or just meeting like-minded people.
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Game Competitions including SWOS, Stunt Car Racer and many more where the winner will be immortalised. See previous trophy winners in the Media section. Any game you like can have a competition run.
Exhibitions to see and try out the latest developments for classic Commodore / Amiga machines such as WiFi, Dropbox, Web browsers, accelerator cards. See the current Amiga computers released (they haven’t gone away you know) such as X1000 and A1222 as well as FriendUP, the new Amiga inspired system that brings you a cloud based operating system via the browser.
Guests to date have included (and we hope to see again):
Trevor Dickinson (A-EON)
David Pleasance (Commodore / FriendUP)
Mike Battilana (Cloanto / Amiga Forever)
Neil Cafferkey (AROS & Prism2v2 developer)
Rob Cranley (Amiga Future magazine)
Eddy Carroll (SnoopDOS author)
Niall Ó’Brolchain (Ireland’s first commercial game. Former member of Seanad Éireann).
Announcement: Our 2019 virtual guest is The Settlers creator Volker Wertich!
We are very grateful to our four sponsors for their support both during and between events.
Shopping For retail therapy, hardware and software vendors will be there as well as other products such as KA Plus Magazine and retro retailers Amiga Kit. You can sell and buy on the day and you will meet the people who made and make Commodore and Amiga possible.
Workshops which include: Soldering (depending on demand), Music creation on Amiga, AROS Installation, Programming and Gotek programming.
Every year on the third week of January, Friday & Saturday in the Prince of Wales Hotel (room discounts available for attendees), Athlone, Ireland (1hr Drive from Dublin) Around £50 return flight from England. There may be an unofficial gathering on the Sunday 🙂
You will not be disappointed. Meet like minded folks who are flying in from all around the world (England, Scotland, Poland, Germany, New Zealand, and more) and country and immerse yourself in the past and future of Commodore and Amiga loveliness.
Buy your tickets below or phone +353 (0)87 993 2250
You can choose a full ticket which means you can arrive from 1pm on Friday and attend a VIP dinner at the Silver Oak Asian restaurant in Athlone. The price of food/drink is not included. Accommodation not included. The event continues until 8pm on Saturday. After 8pm we go to Gerty Browns Pub and on Sunday we meet for an unofficial gathering.
There is an option for a limited ticket to attend on Saturday only from 9am.
Enquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org
Coming from overseas? From Dublin Airport or Dublin City itself there are a few options.
From the Airport: Bus (Company: Bus Éireann)
Direct from the airport to the event location. A comfortable 90 minute journey on the X20 coach costs EUR 24 and includes WiFi. Large luggage can be stored underneath the coach. Just make sure you get off in Athlone station as it continues on!
You can book a seat on the X20 up to one month in advance at this link. Use Dublin Airport as the origin (there are four stands but they are all adjacent, so choose any) and set destination to Athlone.
View the full timetable at this link.
Returning to the Airport: Bus (Company: City Link)
The CityLink bus leaves Athlone for Dublin Airport at 2:30am, 6:30am and continue from 9am. This bus takes longer than the X20 because it stops along the way. Here is the January timetable:
The pickup point is not the same as the X20 drop-off point(20 minute walk from the event or 7 minute drive, due to the one-way traffic system):
Competitive rates are possible using this service for ~EUR 20 per day.
From Dublin City: Train
From the airport, the 748 bus goes to Heuston train and bus station but can take up to an hour in heavy traffic. It costs EUR 10 return. Alternatively, a taxi to Heuston station could cost over EUR 30.
The train service leaves Heuston station and stops in Athlone before continuing on. The train costs EUR 30 return and takes 90 minutes. If you are coming directly from the city center rather than the airport, the train is the fastest way to arrive.
Finding us at Amiga Ireland
The venue is The Prince of Wales Hotel in Athlone.
The venue is a three minute drive / ten minute walk from Athlone station where the bus or train will leave you and taxis are available. Map. Phone the organiser, Iarla on +353 87 993 2250 and we might be able to send a driver to get you. Provided the wine isn’t flowing yet 🙂
If you drove, the carpark has a capacity for 43 cars and anyone booked into the hotel can avail of these if there are free spaces, but this isn’t guaranteed. If you’re arriving later in the day and the carpark is full then the best option is Athlone Towncentre carpark which is a 5 minute walk from the venue. This is paid parking at a rate of EUR 3 for every 24 hours. Make sure you choose the Long Term parking area (Level B) to avail of this. Whatever day you’re leaving you just need to get your ticket validated in their office on Level A. Map: https://goo.gl/maps/HiGNVtN9FLQ2