Eurocon to Northern Ireland

Belfast, Northern Ireland has won the right to hold the 2019 Eurocon, to be called TitanCon. The convention is scheduled for August 22-24, 2019, one week after the Worldcon will be held if Dublin manages to win the 2019 Worldcon. Dublin is currently unopposed in their bid which will be decided this year in Helsinki.

ICN Awards

The Irish Comic News has announced the winners of their annual ICN Awards.

  • Best Artist Published in Ireland: Paul Bolger
  • Best Writer Published in Ireland: Paul Bolger & Barry Devlin
  • Best Irish Artist Published Outside Ireland: Declan Shalvey
  • Best Irish Writer Published Outside Ireland: Maura McHugh
  • Best Colourist Published in Ireland: Ruth Redmond
  • Best Irish Colourist Published Outside Ireland: Jordie Bellaire
  • Best Letterer: Darren Brown
  • Best Digital Comic: Death’s New Lease on Life
  • Best Webcomic: NHOJ Comics
  • Best Irish Creator Comic Published in Ireland: Hound
  • Best Irish Creator Comic Published Outside Ireland: 2000AD
  • Best Newcomer: Séan Hogan
  • Best Irish Comic Related Blog/Website: Geek Ireland
  • Best Irish Comic Related Event: Dublin Comic Con
  • Best IRish Comic Shop: The Big Bang
  • Best Irish Anthology: Lightning Strike
  • Overall Best Irish Comic: Hound
  • Best Irish Comic Cover: Heavy Black
  • Best Publisher: Lightning Strike
  • Best Comic Related/Featured Irish Podcast: The Irish Pubcast

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Obituary: Mick O’Connor

Irish fan Mick O’Connor died on February 16. O’Connor became active in fandom in the 1990s when he began attending meetings of the Irish Science Fiction Association. O’Connor also ran a comic book shop in Dublin and was part of the current Dublin in 2019 Worldcon bid.

Colfer Named Laureate na nOg

Eion Colfer has been named Laureate na nOg of Ireland. The title is the highest honor given children’s writer or illustrator in Ireland. Colfer is the third person awarded the title, which he will hold until 2016. Colfer is best known for publishing the Artemis Fowl series.

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Obituary: Seamus Heaney

Nobel Prize winning poet Seamus Heaney (b.1939) died on August 30. Heaney, who has been described as “the most important Irish poet since Yeats,” gained prominence with the publication of his debut collection, Death of a Naturalist in the 1960s. In addition to several volumes of his own poetry, Heaney translated Beowulf in 1999.

Ireland Takes Eurocon 2014

Ireland beat out Romania to host Eurocon in 2014 by a vote tally of 61-16. The Irish committee, heaqded by James Shields, has selected the weekend following the likely 2014 London Worldcon for the convention, hoping to attract fans in the United Kingdom to come over to Ireland and lengthen their fannish vacation. Shamrokon will take place the weekend of August 22 at the Burlington Hotel in Dublin. Guests of Honor will include Seanan McGuire and Jim Fitzpatrick.

Vote for Irish Series

Irish television RTÉ is running its Storyland contest, allowing viewers to vote on webisodes of different series with the winner of each round of voting commissioned to make additional episodes, this year, one of the contestants, Victory, is a science fiction series.

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Obituary: John Berry

Irish fan John Berry died on November 25, eighteen months after undergoing treatment for cancer. Berry entered organized fandom in 1954 after meeting Walt Willis. Over the years, he was involved in British club fandom and published several different fanzines. He ran for TAFF in 1958, losing to Ron Bennett, but the following year, Berry was the fan Guest of Honor at Detention, the Worldcon in Detroit. The following year, Berry was voted best fan writers in a poll conducted in the fanzine Skyrack. By 1962, Berry had gafiated, only returning to fandom after twenty years had passed.