Eirtakon is the largest and longest-running anime (Japanese animation) and manga convention in Ireland, held every year by a dedicated committee put in place by the DCU Anime & Manga Society.
Eirtakon has its roots back in 2004, when its founders John Doyle and Ross Duggan came upon the idea of starting up an anime convention in Ireland. Although there had been anime conventions run in Northern Ireland before, the only known incident of one in the Republic alledegely sank without trace after it clashed with Gaelcon (a long-running gaming convention).
Being students, they quickly realised that the best way to host any kind of event with almost no startup costs was to run it through a college society. Dublin City University at the time had no anime society (indeed no college in Ireland had previously hosted a dedicated anime & manga society) and so over the summer of 2004, John and Ross worked to create just that, calling it the Anime & Manga Society (AMS). They gathered the required number of minimum signups, organised all the paperwork and set up shop so that by the start of the 2004/05 college year, AMS was in business.