There is something for everyone whether you are into games, hardware, software, demos or just meeting like-minded people.
(Video by Sensible Blogger)
Game Competitions including SWOS, Stunt Car Racer, Paper Plane 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 and there are often spontaneous competitions such as Speedball 2 and Tower of Rubble in 2019. If there is a free machine and you’re willing to approach people to compete, that’s all it takes!
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 such as X1000 and A1222.Classics such as the Amiga 500 (and plenty of them!), A600, A1200 & A4000 are also regularly present. There is usually at least one Vampire machine an site as well as Raspberry Pi solutions such as AmiBerry.
Social aspect is important too and we go for a VIP meal on the Friday night (limited to VIP ticket holders) as well as head to a cozy and atmospheric local pub on the Saturday night (some of us don’t drink so come anyway!). On Sunday morning, there is an unofficial/casual gathering in a local pub that serves breakfast for anyone who can make it.
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 (C64). Former member of Seanad Éireann and Mayor of Galway City).
Virtual Guests have included:
Jon Hare (Sensible Software)
Volker Wertich (The Settlers)
We downplay these because the donation-based nature of prizes makes them inconsistent each year. But we’ve had some real gems since the beginning. Every year we have trophies for two of the gaming competitions and Amiga Ireland Champion Floppies for others. People have won WiFi cards for classic Amiga, boxed games, assorted hardware, books, magazines, manuals & posters. In 2019 we had a boxed Amiga 500 donated (and we changed our spot-prize format to a ticketed raffle to raise funds for the Computer & Communications Museum of Ireland as well as Amiga Ireland on this occasion – 50/50).
We are very grateful to our 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.