The longest-standing Go club in the country, Collegians Go Club meets in the Baggot Inn on lower Baggot Street – note this the new venue. The club meets on Monday and Wednesday evenings from about 8:30 onwards – Wednesdays are more heavily attended and it may be advisable to check ahead of time if you’re planning to show up on a Monday (contact firstname.lastname@example.org). Newcomers are welcome on any evening – there will always be someone who is happy to teach the rules of the game – and there is a good mix of kyu level players with one or two low dans and occasional stronger visitors. There is no charge for attending the club but you are expected to buy a drink or two by way of supporting our hosts.
The experiment of meeting in the Tea Garden on Monday nights was adjudged not be a great success, but there is still a go set there, should you fancy a game in the Ormond Quay area.
UCD Go club was founded in 6 November 2010 under the auspices of Irish Go Association and Dr Wang Liming, Director of UCD Confucius Institute. Presently, we have 17 members, ranging from beginners to low kyu levels. Our sessions are held weekly from 10:30am to 12:30pm at UCD Confucius Institute, located in a building just beside the UCD School of Law – see a map Sadly as of 2013 UCD Go Club is now dormant.
In addition to the Irish Go Congress, there are occasional micro-tournaments, rapid-format events held over a single evening. The Becks Tournament was held over a series of evenings in 2006. Dublin also had the honour of hosting the 45th European Go Congress in 2001, which was attended by nearly 300 players, making it by far the largest tournament held on Irish soil.