Al Darragh RIP

The death occurred on the night of Saturday 4th December 2010 of Alistair Darragh, known to all as Al. Al was a well-known and enthusiastic attendee at science fiction and gaming conventions in Belfast and further afield, at events like Mecon, Octocon, and Q-Con. He was a founder member of Dragonslayers, the Queens University Belfast Gaming and Anime Society.

Al died suddenly of a heart attack following an infected wound in his foot which was complicated by his suffering from diabetes. He was in his mid-forties.

A Book of Condolences is being held in the house. Anyone unable to attend in person can e-mail lannie@kimphieland.fsworld.co.uk who will include it on your behalf. Details of the funeral will be posted as soon as they have been finalised

A wake will be held at the house at 30 Bendigo Street, Belfast, from 5:00pm on Wednesday the 8th of December. The funeral is the following day, Thursday the 9th of December. There will then be a short service at the house starting at 1:30pm followed by the burial at Roselawn cemetery at 2:30pm.

Al Darragh’s wife Joanne has requested that no flowers be given but instead donations may be given to Diabetes UK through the funeral directors James Brown and Son, 300 Newtownards Road, Belfast.

On behalf of everyone in Irish SF fandom south of the border, I offer our condolences to his family, and particularly to his wife Joanne. He will be missed.
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Q-Con XVI | 26-28 June 2009 |QUB Students' Union Belfast

Pre-registration for Q-Con XVI is now open!

Q-Con is the annual Gaming Convention hosted by Dragonslayers, the Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) Gaming and Anime Society. This year sees Q-Con enter its sixteenth year and we will be taking over the entire QUB Students’ Union for a weekend of gaming and anime fun, from the 26-28 June 2009!

Q-Con will feature a wide selection of games and events over the convention weekend, with Role-playing Games, Board Games, LARPs, War Games, Collectable Card Games, Console Games, PC LAN, Anime Screenings, Cosplay, Special Events, Special Guests and much more!

Big events to watch out for: Rock Band Live on Stage, and Games Workshop's 'Field of Blood' Warhammer tournaments.


For those who pre-register a full weekend ticket for Q-Con will cost just £10/€12.

Accommodation is available for just £17/€20 per night. Availability is limited, so pre-register early to avoid disappointment.

SPECIAL OFFER: Pre-register before 12 June 2009 and you will be entered into a prize draw with the chance to win an X-Box 360!

For registration/accommodation forms, information on all our games and events or if you would like to run games at Q-Con XVI then please visit our website for full details:


Chris McWatters
Q-Con XVI Publicity Officer
info@q-con.org.uk | www.q-con.org.uk
26-28 June 2009 |QUB Students' Union
MeCon 11

Accommodation for MeCon 11

Just a reminder to everyone that there are still rooms available in the Queen's Elms for attendees going to MeCon 11. The rooms are single en-suite, and cost £30 per person per night. We need to be giving a full list of attendees to the Elms so they can allocate rooms no later than next Friday (8th August), so if you would like to book a room please let us know before then.

MeCon 11: 29th - 31st August 2008, Queen's Student's Union, University Road, Belfast. Guest of Honour: Charles Stross. www.mecon.org.uk

A couple of useful websites to have


Mecon 11

MeCon XI - Unicon XXII
29 - 31 August 2008
Queen's University Belfast, Students Union, Belfast.


Charles Stross


Michael Carroll
Paul Cornell paulcornell2
Paul J Holden
John McCrea
Ian McDonald ianmcdonald
John Vaughn

(Please note - all guest appearances are subject to availability and work commitment.)


£15/€22 Full Weekend
£10/€15 Concession
Supporting membership is a mere £5 (€8),
and will freeze the membership at the rate it was when you booked.

Mecon brainstorming session tomorrow

Hi everyone,

As time is marching on I have decided to have a brainstorming session
for Mecon entertainment tomorrow. If you have any ideas on videos,
panels, anything you want to see or do at Mecon, come along and help me
out. We are meeting in the foyer of the Student Union at 7.30pm
tomorrow (that's Tuesday 19 Feb). If you can't make it till later we
will probably be in whatever bar is open in the Union. if you can't
make it all then please post any ideas you have on the mailing list or

Hope to see many of you tomorrow.


Mecon 11 News?

I was wondering if there was any news about Mecon 11, like a Guest of Honour, or any other guests. It's a little over six months away, and we're trying to figure out our calendar for 2008, so would appreciate any further information, so we can decide if it's worth our while travelling up or not.

I'm also looking for information to post on Irish SciFi News, as I want to do a round-up of the forthcoming Irish cons.

Also, is there any likelihood of the website being updated in the near future? It still seems to be on last year's information.