As there are a group of local companies going across to Gamescom with Enterprise Ireland this year, some companies exhibiting and a few people going solo, I think it’s time to inaugurate the first Ceol agus Craic @ Gamescom 2013 for the Irish Games Industry.

I have spoken to the owner of The Corkonian in Cologne, not far from the Cathedral. He is willing to let us organise a meetup from 6.30pm after the first day of Gamescom. A map to the location is available on their facebook page at

The pub does not serve food, as there are ample restaurants in the area, so if you want to check in, have a pint, go off for food, then come back after, you are welcome. Also, if you have friends who have worked in Ireland in different companies at Gamescom, feel free to bring them too. If you have a particularly good meeting during the day, you can invite them for a follow up later, and also network with a wide variety of people across the industry, who are outside Ireland too.

There will be music up until 10.30, and the pub is open late after that. It has wifi, and while I suggest you dump your stuff back at your hotel before coming out, but if someone in your party has a bag, the owners can store a limited number away from the main floor. The pub has wifi, but don’t expect it to be quick with the amount of connected devices.

There are no tickets, and the pub has a decent indoor and outdoor area, so if you’re in Cologne, please stop by, or make it your home for the night. # for the night is #ceolaguscraic