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About Invasion

Coming to you in October! 

Imagine, you’ve just walked onto a film set and you’re surrounded by Jabba the hutt, Yoda, a Jedi Academy,  R2D2, Actors from the Star Wars movies, Stormtroopers, and even the great dark lord Darth Vader himself.

At Invasion Dublin, starring Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca), Kenny Baker (R2D2), Tim Dry(J’Quille) and Sean Crawford (Yakface), you don’t need to imagine, you’re already there.

Described by the voice of Obi Wan Kenobi as “an amazing adventure into the world of Star Wars” and something “which is totally family friendly” Invasion Dublin is Ireland’s best celebration of all things Sci Fi.

Featuring life sized replica props and sets from the original and new trilogies, and costumed characters so lifelike that even David Prowse (Darth Vader) and Jeremy Bulloch (Boba Fett) commented were even better than the original. The Emerald Garrison brings imagination to life in a way which amuses, informs, entertains and educates like no one else can.

That’s not all, with something for all the family, from face-painters, to Q&A sessions with actors and special guests, from Force Training for the kids (little kids that is, adults can’t be trusted with lightsabers!) to traders selling collectables and memorabilia, Invasion Dublin is now a fixture in the events calender not to be missed whether you’re a massive  fan or a complete newbie.

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The National Show Centre is located on the main Du­blin to Belfast road, a short distance from Du­blin Airport, the M50 and M1 motorways and Swords, just off the Cloghran roundabout. Dublin city centre is 20 minutes away and Belfast is just a 2 hours drive. The venue is easily accessible and is well serviced by bus routes including the 33, 41 & 230. As well as our map here, you can also use this one HERE.

National Show Centre
Co Dublin

Opening Hours

Saturday 17th October 10am – 5pm

Sunday 18th October 10am – 5pm


Sunday | October 18th | 10am – 1pm | AVAILABLE AT DOOR

Sunday | October 18th | 2 – 5pm | AVAILABLE AT DOOR

Friday Preview:This is your opportunity to visit Invasion Dublin before the crowds on Saturday and Sunday. Which means that the queues should be shorter and photo opportunities a little easier to come by. There will be limited ticket availability for the public. This session will include 15 costume characters and the opening Q&A and stage presentations that will set the tone for the entire Invasion Dublin weekend. Remember that this is a special preview and not all of the characters, guests or memorabilia stalls will be present.

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Where can I buy tickets?

Tickets can be bought online at or in most Centra and Super Valu outlets in Ireland (Full list here: Tickets will be available at the door, but some sessions may be full so advance purchase is recommended.

How old is a child?

At Invasion Dublin, a child is defined as a young person 12 years or younger. Infants under 4 do not require a ticket.

Is there an ATM on site?

The National Show Centre does not have ATM facilities.

Is there parking on site?

Yes. There is a car park on site. The fee for use is €5

Can I buy family tickets?

No, we have reduced the price for all children so everybody can benefit from the discount.

Do I have to buy tickets in advance?

It is advisable to buy your ticket in advance as some sessions may sell out.

Once my session is over, do I have to leave?

After your session has ended, the main hall will close to the public. The memorabilia area will remain open. When the next session begins, only valid ticket holders for that session will be granted access to the main hall.

Can I arrive after my session has started?

It is advisable to arrive at the start time to ensure you don’t miss out on some of the great things happening at the event. Admissions will be allowed until 1 hour before the session ends.

I’ve lost my email with my ticket or my ticket hasn’t arrived yet?
Please email

I wish to change the date or session for my ticket.
Please email

Once I have my ticket, do I need pay for anything else?

Your ticket grants you access to the Invasion Dublin experience. You can meet and greet the costumed characters and take your own photos of the sets and props from the Emerald Garrison. You can also attend the stage shows and take part in the interactive activities.
The guests charge fees for autographs and photographs. This is at their discretion and we have no influence over this. We expect this to be between €10 and €40 depending on the guests. There will also be a number of traders selling Star Wars and other memorabilia and there will be a food area outside.


Friday Evening

Doors 5.30
Ludosport 6.00
Star Wars Quiz 6.30
Guest Q&A 7pm
Ludosport 7.45
Peter Mayhew Photo Op 8pm

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Saturday Morning Stage Schedule.

10.45 LudoSport
11.15am Cosplay Competition
11.45 Star Wars Quiz
12.15 Guest Q&A
12.45 Ludosport
1-1.30 Peter Mayhew Photo Ops

Saturday Afternoon Stage Schedule

2.45 Ludosport
3.15pm Cosplay Comp
3:45 Guest Q&A
4.15 Star Wars Quiz
4.40 Ludosport
4.45pm Peter Mayhew Photo Ops
*All times subject to change*


Sunday Morning Stage Schedule.

10.45 Ludosport
11am Cosplay Competition
11.45 Star Wars Quiz
12.15 Guest Q&A
12.45 Ludosport
1-1.30 Peter Mayhew Photo Ops

Sunday Afternoon Stage Schedule

2.45 Ludosport
3pm Cosplay Comp
3:45 Guest Q&A
4.15 Star Wars Quiz
4.40 Ludosport
4.45pm Peter Mayhew Photo Ops

Special Guests

*** Scroll across to see all Guests.***

Peter Mayhew300
Peter Mayhew

One of THE iconic characters in Star Wars. Peter Mayhew (aka Chewbacca) has been in 4 of the original movies and also appears in Episode VII. This will be Peter's first appearance at Invasion Dublin. Expected Autograph charge: €30

Kenny Baker

Kenny Baker, One of only 2 actors to have a role in all 6 Star Wars movies to date played the role of the iconic R2D2. A hero to Star Wars fans around the world. Kenny returns to Dublin to meet fans and participate at Invasion this year. **Kenny will be appearing on the Saturday and Sunday only. Expected Autograaph charge €30**

Tim Dry
Tim Dry
J’Quille | Mon Calamari Officer

Tim Dry played J'Quille - Whiphid and a Mon Calamari Officer in Star Wars Episode VI - Return Of The Jedi. He also played The Alien in the cult Horror / Sci Fi movie XTRO. Like Sean, Tim studied Mime and Physical Theatre for four years and created Tic and Toc with Sean.

Sean Crawford

Sean Crawford studied mime in London and Paris in the late 70's, creating his own style of abstract technical mime movement. His first success came with 'Plastic Jo' an 80's dance craze. He went on to produce shows and and played roles in Return of the Jedi as "Yak face".

The Emerald Garrison

The Emerald Garrison is an “Award Winning” Star Wars costuming club that brings together enthusiasts from all over the world

Based in both Northern and the Republic of Ireland, our professionalism and dedication to costuming has brought us to some of the largest events throughout the UK and Ireland, including Invasion Belfast, Invasion Dublin, Toys 4 Big Boys, Star Wars in Concert and the Download music festival being just some of them!

Stay up to date with all our upcoming troops and events, check out some of our life-size props, our patches, club senators and much more.

Emerald Garrison

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From retailing to brand awareness, there are lots of opportunities to take part at Invasion Dublin.

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Invasion Dublin supports the work done by Irish Autism Action.

Irish Autism Action is a young dynamic, innovative and passionate organisation formed in 2001 which is bringing positive change into the lives of those affected by autism. The range of services which Irish Autism Action provides includes awareness raising, early detection diagnosis, education support, advocacy, counselling, helpline, home based support, transition planning, social housing, research information and advice for families upon receiving diagnosis.

Irish Autism Action is an umbrella organisation with over 40 member groups and also individual members. Our members range from the 13 Special Schools for Children with Autism to local support groups and are located in practically every county in Ireland. We have set up Ireland’s first National Diagnostic and Assessment Centre known as Solas which is based in Dublin. In April 2009 we launched our National Autism Helpline which is operated by parents. It is Ireland’s first autism helpline which provides impartial and confidential information, advice and support for people with an autistic spectrum disorder, their families and professionals.

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