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Octocon: Cancelled

09/10/2020 - 11/10/2020


A message from our chair about Octocon 2020

As you all know, the Covid-19 pandemic has caused a lot of changes to the world. The committee and I have been tirelessly working these past few months to make sure that Octocon happens safely and responsibly in 2020.

Unfortunately, the pandemic is not going away soon and our venue has informed us that they will not be able to safely accommodate the number of members we expect to attend Octocon, due to the social distancing measures that they will need to put in place.

So with a heavy heart, I have to inform you that there will not be a physical convention in 2020.

Sad Octo wearing a mask and clutching soap

It’s not all bad news! We are currently looking at alternative ways to run Octocon in 2020, making use of your suggestions for panels and the work that’s already been done by our programming team. We will have more news for you soon.

Octo with tape measure and toolbox

Exciting plans for next year’s convention are already underway and your membership for 2020 will automatically be rolled over to our next planned physical convention in 2021. If you are getting this email you were a member of Octocon 2020 and are now a member of Octocon 2021.

If you would rather avail of a refund for this year, we will gladly accommodate your request – please contact members@octocon.com. Otherwise, we look forward to seeing you at our next in-person event in October 2021.

Octo with programme book and badge

Thank you for your continued support of Octocon!

Raissa, Octocon chair





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 day this 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.



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Blanchardstown Town Centre
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