Octocon 2019

Please visit the Octocon 2019 website for details of this year’s event!

The Octocon 2018 programme is live!

GoFundMe Octocon 2018

Don’t worry: the convention is definitely going ahead, and some funding is in place. But we find ourselves in unexpectedly urgent need of funds so that we can pay the convention hotel in advance and ensure the smooth running of Octocon 2018.

In its 26 year history, Octocon has faced many challenges, and this year has been no exception. We unexpectedly had to change our location earlier this year, and due to the rising costs of hotel space in Dublin, we’ve ended up with an unforeseen liquidity issue because the hotel requires full payment ahead of the convention.
(In previous years, we’ve been able to pay hotel costs on or after the convention weekend, but this year we need to pay them in advance.)

Therefore, despite the chair’s offer to shoulder the burden personally, the committee has unanimously decided on the unusual step of creating this GoFundMe campaign to ask you, as fans and supporters of Octocon, to help us ensure the smooth running of the convention.

We will use your donations to pay the hotel and suppliers up front, and increase the convention’s financial security.
All funds above our goal and taken during the convention will be invested in future Octocon events, such as the one-day event planned for 2019 and the next full weekend Octocon in 2020.

We are delighted to announce that Colleen Doran is joining us for this years Octocon as one of our Guests of Honour

Come and meet Garth Nix at this years Octocon. Garth will be joining us as a guest in October. A certain Octocon Octopus may have a bit of a surprise in store for Garth’s fans, check back here for an announcement later this week.


Octocon will be taking place on the 19th to 21st of October 2018 in the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Blanchardstown, Dublin 15, Ireland.

Pat Cadigan has agreed to be a Guest of Honour at #Octocon2018. We look forward to talking all things which blur the lines between tech and biology.

Just to let people know, we are not a red roped convention. Our guests of honour and guests, roam the convention, being on panels, going to panels;  taking part in the convention and conversations.

There are no signing fees or photograph fees.

There is only one arranged signing for our Guests of Honor and that is after their interview on Saturday.

Guests are generally happy to sign a book or comic if asked nicely after a panel or even in the bar.

Octocon 2018 registration now open!


About us

Octocon, the National Irish Science Fiction Convention, is a weekend celebration of our favourite stories from books, comics, TV, films and games; attracting artists, writers, film-makers and fans from across the human sphere of influence.

The first Octocon was held in 1990,  Terry Pratchett was our  first Guest of Honour and over the years  some of our guests have included Anne McCaffrey, JG Jones, Tanith Lee, Mike Carey, George R.R. Martin and Gail Simone.

For one weekend in October, we gather together, to talk about all the wonders we have read and watch over the year. To share our favorite moments from Book, Tv Comics and films.  To delve into the unsung genres and curious concepts of Speculative Fiction. To take part in workshops, panel discussions and charming guest speakers. To see what ‘must haves’ are in the Traders Hall. To experience the fun which is Octocon.


Octocon FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions!

What is membership?

We do not sell tickets to Octocon. Instead we sell membership in our convention.

If you are a member of Octocon you are entitled to attend any event that we are running.

In the case where an event has an additional cost, due to extra materials or similar, that cost will need to be paid when you sign up for the event.

What does it get you?

Once you become a member you will have the right to access the public areas of the convention. That is the panel rooms, the dealers rooms and the convention bars, such access will be limited by local laws where relevant.

By becoming a member in advance of the event, you will also be kept informed about what is going on at the event, and have the opportunity to shape what happens at Octocon.

How much does it cost?

An attending membership currently costs €40, we also offer a Concession rate of €20 for students, pensioners, people who are 21 and under, and benefit qualified individuals. Proof will be required at the event, and concessionary status must apply during the event.

Children under the age of 13 will be entitled to free membership, but must be accompanied by a guardian.

The costs of membership will continue to change as the year goes on.

Code of Conduct


Octocon exists for the enjoyment and enrichment of the fannish community. To ensure that the greatest number of people achieve this objective, we have established this Code of Conduct. By this Code, we seek only to ensure that the behavior of any one small group does not disturb the membership as a whole, nor does the behavior detract from the relaxed and comfortable atmosphere of our events.

It is important that you read and understand this Code. Anyone who attends an Octocon, or an Octocon-related event, is expected to follow this Code for the entire duration of the event, including any informal pre- or post-event activities.

Octocon reserves the right to amend these rules at any time without prior or posted notice and reserves the sole right of interpretation.

Please keep in mind that these rules involve, of course, “worst-case” scenarios and are put in place to ensure the safety and comfort of our members. They are not all-inclusive; in all cases, the singular rule that supersedes all others is,

“Any action or behavior that is illegal or causes significant interference with event operations, excessive discomfort to other attendees, or adversely affects Octocon’s relationship with its guests, its venue, or the public is strictly forbidden and may result in revocation of membership privileges temporarily or indefinitely.”

We anticipate no difficulties, as our members and attendees as a whole are rational and responsible adults. Octocon is prepared to deal with any issues related to the Code in as rapid and efficient a manner as possible should they occur. We thank our members and attendees for their past cooperation and for their continued assistance in making Octocon events enjoyable experiences for everyone. Have fun – just please remember to be courteous of those around you while doing so!

The Octocon Committee

Respect for Others

Octocon wants all of its members to enjoy themselves at its events. As such, we ask that you respect each other. All Octocon events should be a space where everyone feels welcomed and comfortable.

Discrimination (based on, but not limited to, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical / mental ability, or membership in the traveller community) is not tolerated. Harassment of any kind is not tolerated. If someone tells you “no” or asks you to leave them alone, your business with them is done.

If you feel that you are being discriminated against or harassed, or if you notice anyone behaving inappropriately (such as violating hotel or convention policies), we respectfully suggest the following:

1. If you feel comfortable doing so, point out the inappropriate behavior to the person(s) involved. Often this will solve the problem immediately.

2. If you do not feel comfortable talking with the person(s) involved, or if talking to them does not resolve the issue, please report the situation immediately to any Octocon Committee Members, or Designated Staff.

It would be extremely helpful if you could provide a name, badge name / number and / or physical description of the person(s) involved. Please remember that we need to know about any incidents during the event in order to take action.

Privacy, Photographs, and Recording Electronic Information

Octocon event attendees and members should be aware that photography and video and/or audio recordings are frequently made by Octocon during events and that their likenesses may appear in those recordings. Attendees and members agree to assign without compensation the use of their likeness for the use of promotional material. If you’d rather not be filmed or photographed, please let the recorder/photographer know at the time.

Media Relations:
Octocon welcomes members of the press at its events. All journalists, media photographers, and any other members of the press are required to display an official Octocon Press Badge or be accompanied by an Octocon staff member at all times while at Octocon events.

Members of the press who have not been issued a Press Badge may not conduct interviews or take photographs, audio or video footage without an escort.

Personal Photography / Recordings:

Please be polite and ask before taking photographs or recordings of attendees and members whenever possible. Photography for personal archival use only is generally acceptable, unless individuals make it clear that they do not wish to be photographed, in which case taking any photographs of them is expressly forbidden.

In general, please request permission from a panelist before taking photographs.

Where allowed, we suggest that photographs be taken before or after a program event to avoid distracting panelists and audience members from the discussion.

In general flash photography is not allowed after the first FIVE minutes of any panel items.

Video/Audio Recordings

If members wish to make video or audio recording of other members, permission must be received from those members before beginning to record. If permission is not given, any recording of them is expressly forbidden.

Video and Audio recording of panels by members is not allowed.


Octocon is a membership-only event. All members must wear their membership badges at all times. A badge is valid only for the person to whom it was issued; badges may not be shared under any circumstances.

Octocon requires that any children 12 or older have a purchased membership for the convention.

Octocon also requires that Children under the age of 12 be registered, and be in the company of a guardian.

We can not take responsibility for minors.

General Rating of the Convention

All convention areas are open to members of all ages, with the exception of events or exhibits that are specifically noted to be inappropriate for minors and access to which is controlled.


Please follow any and all rules set by the convention hotel. Octocon asks that you pay special attention to the following:

Any act of vandalism, deliberate or excessive damage to hotel property, or interference with hotel staff in the performance of their duties will have negative consequences for individuals and the convention. Consequences for individuals could range from being billed for damages, evicted from the hotel and/or convention, and criminal charges. These types of incidents can also harm the relationship Octocon has with the hotel, resulting in monetary losses or cancellation of our contract.
The person in whose name a sleeping room is rented is solely responsible for the conduct of all individuals in the room as well as for the condition of the room. Excessive trash, soiling or other damage to hotel property, or any circumstance that may present a hazard to hotel housekeeping staff will also result in negative consequences as noted above.

Ireland has a ban on smoking in the workplace. This is beyond the control of Octocon and the hotel.

Smoking is not allowed in any workplace, including restaurants and bars.
Designated smoking locations can be found outside the entrances to the hotel.

The hotel does not allow smoking in sleeping rooms.
Members who smoke in sleeping rooms are subject to cleaning charges.
Pets are not allowed in function space. This is for the protection of the pet, the pet owner, our members, and hotel guests. Only service animals are permitted.
Signs may be posted only in designated areas. Any signs posted in designated areas must be affixed using white tack ONLY. Do not affix anything to the walls of the hotel, to the elevators, or to Octocon signage.

Non-convention guests/General Public:

Please remember that the convention is held in an area where we will come into contact with non-fans. Please try and be respectful of the hotel’s other guests and use common sense, especially in the public areas of the hotel.


No actual weapon or any item that can be mistaken for one may be carried either openly or concealed at any time on properties being used for Octocon, regardless of any government permits which you may possess, unless it has been peace bonded by Registration. If you wish to carry such a weapon, it must be presented to Registration. Registration staff are the final arbiter of what weapons require peace bonding. In some instances particular weapons may be prohibited as appropriate. If you are unsure about whether your weapon may be considered realistic, Registration staff will be happy to check it for you.

Any actual weapon or any item that can be mistaken for one that is purchased in the dealer room must be wrapped and immediately transported to your room or vehicle. If you wish to use the item at the convention, please refer to section 1 of this policy.
If an actual weapon or any item that can be mistaken for one is part of your masquerade costume, you must transport it to and from the masquerade green room wrapped securely unless peace bonded. The masquerade director must approve your use of any weapons during the masquerade.

Live steel is prohibited. Registration is the final arbiter of what constitutes live steel.
Any weapon, actual, realistic, or toy/prop, that is utilized in a threatening or harmful manner may result in confiscation of the item and/or removal of your membership without refund.
Failure to adhere to any of the above policies is grounds for the removal of your membership without refund.


The legal drinking age in Ireland is 18.

Please follow the hotel policies on alcohol consumption / transportation in hotel public spaces, such as the lobby, or function rooms.

Sales of Merchandise

The offering for sale of any merchandise at the convention may be undertaken only in designated spaces with permission from the convention.

In the event of someone breaking the code of conduct

Octocon reserves the right to revoke membership from and eject anyone at anytime from an Octocon event without a refund.

Failure to adhere to any of the above policies may result in a number of possible consequences.

Consequences include, but are not limited to:

Talking with all parties involved and attempting to mediate a solution to the problem
Issuing verbal warnings
Revoking memberships and requesting that the person(s) leave the event
Involving hotel or facility staff or security
Contacting An Garda Siochana
Banning of attendance and membership to future Octocon events