Computer gamers, young and old, from all over Ireland and the UK will descend on Killarney this June for the first ever Insomnia Gaming Ireland festival.
From June 10 to 13, the INEC in Killarney will be transformed into a gamers’ paradise, featuring console and PC tournaments, appearances by YouTube stars, interactive stage shows, demos of the latest products and retail zones.
The Minecraft Zone will be one of the biggest attractions at this event. Here gamers can play in tournaments, shop the latest Minecraft merchandise and get to hear special guests from the world of Minecraft. And while the kids are building worlds in Minecraft, Mum and Dad can take a trip down 8bit memory lane in the Retro Zone which will feature a variety of old school games on classic consoles.
YouTube stars Amy Lee, Choochoosgaming, Ashdubh, Nettyplays, AmyLee, Inthelittlewood, Mini Muka, Gassy Mexican and Terroriser will attend the festival and form part of the line-up of interactive stage shows and special guest areas.
The Bring Your Own Computer (BYOC) LAN Hall will open for 72 hours and will host 250 gaming enthusiasts playing multiplayer games with and against each other. Visitors will also be able to delve into the eSports scene with popular competitive tournaments occurring throughout the event such as Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Rocket League, League of Legends and Hearthstone. Daily console tournaments will be taking place, as well as the BYOC LAN Hall hosting tournaments of its own.
Insomnia Ireland is hosted by Multiplay, organisers of the UK’s largest gaming festival, Insomnia, and a subsidiary of GAME Digital plc (“GAME Digital”), the UK’s leading video gaming specialist.
“With an even busier year of Insomnia events, we‘re delighted to bring the Insomnia brand to Irish gamers,” says Craig Fletcher, Founder and CEO of Multiplay. “Insomnia already reaches tens of thousands of gamers in the UK and we can’t wait to witness Irish gamers’ passion for all things gaming for the first time.”
“Insomnia Ireland is a place for gamers of all backgrounds to congregate, socialise, discover new things and ultimately just play. Our Exhibition/Retail Zones will contain a variety of feature zones and games for all ages. These include a Minecraft Zone, Indie Zone, Retro Zone an Over 18s area, Main Stage, where special guests will be playing the latest games as well as Panel Talks and Q&A sessions.”
Tickets are on sale now from Ticketmaster, Day tickets for Insomnia Gaming Ireland cost €24 and €99 for the Bring Your Own Computer (BYOC) LAN Hall.
While the gang are enjoying the gaming extravaganza, there’s loads of other non-gaming things to do in Killarney. Staying in the Gleneagle Hotel (from €130 B&B per night) or Brehon Hotel (from €189 B&B per night) means you stay on the site of Insomnia Ireland, while being able to enjoy the Aquila Club Leisure Centre, pools, entertainment, bars, restaurants, or the fabulous Angsana Spa at the Brehon. The on-site Gleneagle Hotel Apartments (from €33 per person per night) can accommodate up to 5 people and there is full access to the Gleneagle Hotel facilities. Jump on the Gleneagle Shuttle Bus into Killarney to enjoy the buzz of the town, visit Killarney National Park across the road from the Gleneagle Hotel, and return to the hotel that evening to enjoy free nightly Residents Entertainment.
For full information, visit the Insomnia Ireland website.
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The Gleneagle Hotel & Apartments
From €33 per person – Book into the Gleneagle Hotel Apartments – self-catering for 5 people, full use of Gleneagle Hotel facilities, 2 night minimum stay.
From €130 B&B – Book into the Gleneagle Hotel – Restaurants, Bar, gym, swimming pool, leisure centre and free nightly Residents Entertainment.
The Brehon Hotel
From €189 B&B – Book into the Brehon Hotel – Restaurants, Bar, luxury spa, full use of Gleneagle Hotel facilities, 2 night minimum stay.
*t&cs apply. Offers subject to availability.