By Keith Kato
Who’s ready to plan for next year! For those already thinking about the next Worldcon, here are some things to consider.
Lodging will be snapped up quickly, and may be more expensive than in Helsinki last year. Keep an eye on the website https://dublin2019.com/location/hotels-accommodation/; hotel rates will be released on January 9, 2019.
If you’d like to get a jump start on planning your lodging, I’m considering renting a seven bedroom, 12 beds of various sizes, three bathrooms, three story home, with a very large kitchen. While not within walking distance to the Convention Centre, it offers a 5 minute walk to a Tram station, where the tram will drop you off at the Convention Centre itself. Dividing the total cost by rooms (instead of beds), this looks to be about US$130 per night. This is NOT an official THS-planned offer, but a house of Heinleiners may (or may not) be a good place to start. If you’re interested, please reach out to Keith Kato.
Also not an official THS planned offer (but should still be really fun!): A theater party on Wednesday, 14 August 2019, at 7:30 PM at the Gaiety Theatre in Dublin, to see the famous Irish dance show “Riverdance.” This is the evening before Worldcon begins. “Riverdance” is observing its 25th Anniversary in 2019, and the show itself will be running during the Worldcon.
If you’re interested, TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW with wide open seat locations and even “early bird” prices. Individuals will take care of their own tickets, and the group would likely gather for dinner, see the show, and maybe hit a pub afterwards.