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 17th & 18th, 2020 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 (sales begin in late February). Read on to learn more…
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 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.
Workshops: Learn how to do new things on Amiga. We run about four workshops at the event. These are presented on overhead projector and the presenter has a microphone. We select according to availability of teachers as well as by conducting a pre-event survey to see what demand is like.
If you would like to give a workshop, contact us by e-mail. The workshops are usually on some of these topics depending on the experience levels of attendees surveyed:
Programming using Blitz Basic (which also allows for embedded assembly language),
Music creation on Amiga (MIDI or using a tracker)
AROS Installation on Virtual machine or actual hardware,
3D Modeling with Lightwave,
AmiBerry installation & configuration,
Gotek: Self-build and cost saving,
Soldering (this one requires enough demand as well as people to bring sacrificial hardware to practice on. Never make your first attempt at soldering on hardware you value.
Every year on the third week of January, Friday & Saturday in a hotel in Athlone, Ireland (1hr Drive from Dublin) Around £50 return flight from England. There may be an unofficial gathering on the Sunday morning 🙂
You will not be disappointed. Meet like minded folks who are flying in from all around the world (Ireland, Greece, Holland, Norway, 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
Tickets for 2020 will be online from late February
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 event continues until 7:30pm on Saturday and then we go to Gerty Browns Pub (via the takeaway) and on Sunday morning we meet for an unofficial gathering for breakfast and then to a pub to chat until lunch time. (*The price of food/drink is not included in the ticket price. Accommodation is also not included.)
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 (return trip) and includes WiFi. Large luggage can be stored underneath the coach. Just make sure you get off in Athlone station as it continues to other destinations!
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.
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