Co:Wat III [July 27th 2019] Countdown in Waterford, Ireland

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Co:Wat III [July 27th 2019] Countdown in Waterford, Ireland

Post by L'oisleatch McGraw » Thu Jun 27, 2019 9:05 pm

QUICK LINK
https://www.facebook.com/events/345663402817680
That is the event page.


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WHAT IS IT?
Based on Channel 4's flagship daytime TV quiz show, this will be a chance to partake in a real life Countdown tournament, in a rural setting. We'll have consonants, we'll have vowels, we'll have numbers. We may not have Rachel Riley to dispense them, but we'll certainly have the equally glamorous mystery guest who will be co-hosting with myself, Eoin Jackson.


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WHO CAN COME?
Anyone at all! Having an interest in anagramming, word games, or puzzles would certainly make it more fun for you, but that is not a requirement. The event caters for all abilities. Some players will be very skilled, but many will be beginners. There will be prizes on offer at each ability level... so whether you are expert, intermediate or novice, there is a chance of coming away with a prize.


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WHERE IS IT?
The event will be held in the Woodstown Residential & Activity Centre at Woodstown Beach, Dunmore East, Co. Waterford, Ireland. (At the heart of the sunny South East. :)) The Youth Centre is located 5 metres from the beach and around 20 metres from the Saratoga Bar and Restaurant. The venue is spacious and wheelchair accessible. It contains two dormitories with 16 beds in each, and so can sleep 32 people.


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HOW WILL IT WORK?
It kicks off at 10:30am, and will be conducted using the Bristol-style classroom format. Everyone gets to see the same sets of letters and numbers, and to play them at the same time. Each person will have a direct opponent assigned. These match-ups will be drawn at random just before the start of each game. Everyone is guaranteed at least 6 games during the day. The results of the early matches will determine the composition of the different quarter final groupings. The top 8 (sorted by number of wins, then number of points) will contest the quarter final group from which the event winner will come. The final game to determine the event winner will be the only game that won’t be done in the classroom-style setting. It will be a stand-alone match, and everyone will be welcome to stick around and spectate if they so wish.
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After dinner, we’ll stroll over to the Saratoga for a few games of pool, followed by an evening of music. Can’t bate the oul singsong! :)


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COSTS INVOLVED.
Once again the aim is to make this as cheap as possible while still covering costs. This year there are two price plans:-
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~PLAN #1 [FULL PACKAGE]:- €35 …includes the event, accommodation, and up to 4 meals during your stay (n.b. Breakfast counts as a meal!)
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~PLAN #2 [EVENT ONLY]:- €15 …includes the event and up to 2 meals.
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What makes this complicated is the fact that there is accommodation on site. I would expect that many of those travelling to Waterford for this will want to stay in the centre itself. So, for your €35 you are getting 2 nights accommodation in a surprisingly comfortable dormitory, the event, breakfast, lunch and dinner on the Saturday, and also breakfast and lunch on Sunday should you choose to stay on.


€15 is the price available for Waterford natives, or anyone else who has their own accommodation sorted. The price includes the event, and meals (lunch and dinner) on Saturday.


Other items that are provided throughout, free of charge, include:- 1. Pens and paper to use; 2. Coffees, teas, and some soft drinks; 3. Snacks, 4. Possibly a ‘hangover’ event on the Sunday (depending on demand).


(We are hoping all of this will be doable without operating at a loss financially. Depending on numbers, it is possible.)


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BOOKING DETAILS.
We cannot accommodate more than 32 in the dormitories, and the venue cannot cater for more than 50 people at the event in total. (I will keep this event page updated with what the numbers currently stand at… though we don’t expect to reach capacity, so no need to worry.)

To book your place at Co:Wat?! send the payment to Eoin Jackson via paypal at the address ayum@live.ie. (please remember to select 'payment to friends & family') Alternatively make out a cheque to Eoin Jackson and send it on to 33 Shanakiel, Coxtown, Dunmore East, Co. Waterford.


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FLIGHTS, TRAVEL, etc.
If you are coming form overseas, the best options are to fly into Cork or Dublin. Both of these are approx a 90min drive from Waterford. Bus and train would be available to the city, and we can arrange a lift to the venue from there (for free, obviously). For anyone who would rather take the Ferry. There are regular sailings into Rosslare harbour from Pembroke and Fishguard in Wales. (Rosslare is a 60min drive from Dunmore East.)
For anyone travelling within Ireland, if you can make it to Waterford, we can provide a lift to the venue for you. If you are using Sat Nav, you’d be advised to input the “Saratoga pub, Woodstown” into it, as we are almost next door to there. (I doubt the Youth Centre would appear on Sat Nav.)


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Re: Co:Wat III [July 27th 2019] Countdown in Waterford, Ireland

Post by Jenny James » Fri Jun 28, 2019 7:20 am

Who is going to fly from overseas ?
My real name is Ashton Hancock.

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