Chairperson – Pat Maher


Pat Maher comes back to Octocon with a long history of staffing and organising conventions and events,  Having started as a volunteer  at Octocon 1995, he then went on to be involved various Gaming conventions, Live Roleplaying events, Anime conventions and other sundry events, and returned back to Octocon in 2010.
Currently Pat is Logistics Officer for Eirtakon, involved in organising the Marshals for Pride Dublin, a member of the Volunteer Team for the Dublin2019 Worldcon Bid, part of the Operations Team for Worldcon 2017 in Helsinki, and is a regular volunteer with Volunteer Ireland.
Pat has also worked in a variety of non-geek type events, usually in a staffing, customer service/operations, tech/IT or logistics role and also brings over 30 years experience in technical theatre.In his day job, Pat is a mature student studying a degree in Computer Science at the Dublin Institute of Technology.


PRO & Social Media Manager – Janet O’Sullivan



Janet O’ Sullivan has been involved running event of various sized for the last 20 years. From community arts and crafts to one day conferences, 3 day conventions, and even week long events.

Janet has been been a member of various fandoms also for that long and enjoys communicating about them and sharing the joy. She has recently been advancing her PR and Communication skills with her involvement in voluntary organizations and rights activism as Cauldron Communications, while enrolling in a Communication Studies Degree in DCU. Talking about her passions is what she loves to do and Octocon is one of them.


Dealer Liaison – Brian J. Showers

Dealer Liasion - Brian J. Showers

Brian J. Showers is originally from Madison, Wisconsin. He has written short stories, articles, interviews and reviews for magazines such as Rue Morgue, All Hallows, Ghosts & Scholars: The M.R. James Newsletter, Le Fanu Studies, Supernatural Tales and Wormwood. He also runs The Swan River Press.

His short story collection, The Bleeding Horse (Mercier Press), won the Children of the Night Award in 2008. He is also the author of Literary Walking Tours of Gothic Dublin (Nonsuch,  2006) and Old Albert — An Epilogue (Ex Occidente, 2011); with Gary W. Crawford and Jim Rockhill he co-edited the Bram Stoker Award-nominated Reflections in a Glass Darkly: Essays on J. Sheridan Le Fanu (Hippocampus Press, 2011).

 Guest Liaison – James Shields


James has been running conventions in Ireland and abroad for over 20 years, and has attended every Octocon except the first one, being part of the committee many times, and chairing in 2000. He has also helped run several Eastercons and Worldcons, and co-chaired Shamrokon the Dublin Eurocon. He also co-ran Sproutlore, the Robert Rankin fan club for many years, and has run several other science fiction websites. For Octocon this year, he is acting as guest liaison, so if our guests aren’t happy, it’s probably his fault.

When not con-running, James works as a software developer and is a big fan of LEGO. He likes talking about himself in the third person.

Programme Team


James Brophy

IMG-1452479907173-VJames has been a science fiction fan as far back as he can remember; starting with Star Trek, Spider-Man and Back to the Future. His con going life started rather late with his first convention in 2000. He made up for it the next year by becoming chair of Octocon for a record breaking run of not knowing when to leave. In that time he made a stack of illustrations, a larger stack of posters a massive stack of unread mail. He has worked in photography, graphic design, screen writing and visual effects. As part of the programming team for 2016, he hopes to spark some lively conversations over the weekend.