Commodore Amiga fans from Ireland and beyond were able to enjoy an amazing get-together a little over a week ago, with a great turnout, fun and fascinating exhibits, and a remarkable range of guests! This report was sent in to RCN by Jarlath Reidy.
The Commodore Amiga Users Ireland Meetup 2017 took place at The Prince of Wales Hotel in Athlone on 21 January 2017, and despite being set in the very heart of Ireland, there was very much an international flavour to the event, with Irish Amigans being only too delighted to meet their friends who had travelled from overseas places such as England, Scotland, Poland, Germany – and even New Zealand! Such is the nature of world-wide Amiga fandom today.
A multi-faceted event
All kinds of machines and setup configurations were on display, and some very interesting workshops and talks were available including:
- SWOS tournament, with a nice trophy going to the winner (congrats Kenny Gaughan).
- Kick Off 2, Lotus 2 (four player) and Skidmarks (eight player) competitions.
- Stunt Car Racer (congratulations to the champion, Allan Ullmann who took away a lovely trophy).
- AROS – Current status with Neil Cafferkey (Core developer and Prism2v2 driver author).
- Soldering Workship – With Rob Cranley of Amiga Future.
- Music Creation on Amiga – With Jarlath Reidy and a surprise drop in from Mike Clarke (Psygnosis / Atomicom) who took it to a whole new level!
- Crash Course in Blitz Basic – With Jarlath Reidy & Rob Cranley
- Q&A sessions with Trevor Dickenson of A-EON fame and David Pleasance (formerly of Commodore UK) and Hogne Titlestad (FriendUP), Jon Hare (via Skype) as well as Mike Labatt of Cloanto, Mike Clarke (Psygnosis/Atomicom) and more.
- Amibian machines were there with 3D printed Amiga cases.
- X1000 and X5000 machines as well as the ALICE laptop were also on display.
Goodies to win
Spot prizes at the event included wifi cards (thanks to Sir_Lucas of Amibay for donating these), boxed games (thanks to Craig Harrisson, Lukasz Mulczynski, Mattie Whittle, Danny Cork and others, Amiga hardware (audio sampler, frame grabber with huge thanks to Mattie Whittle), and Amiga branded notebooks, posters, badges, etc (thanks to Trevor Dickinson).
Sordan (of sordan.ie) set up a shop that day, providing a service for everyone’s hardware and software needs. Rob Cranley performed recaps and repairs on several machines. Dermot O’Halloran took fantastic photos and we had additional video and photos taken by Kenny Gaughan, Ravi Abbott (of the Retro Hour Podcast) who also provided music later on. Sound was provided by Colin Reid.
Next year’s event takes place on 20 January, 2018, once more at the Prince of Wales Hotel, Athlone, Ireland and full details will be posted on amigausers.ie (which is under construction) in the coming days.
The organisers of the Commodore Amiga Users Ireland Meetup 2017 would like to thank everyone involved for being there and creating such a fantastic atmosphere.
You can see photos and videos at the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/groups/amigaireland/
Also on Dermot O’Halloran’s Flickr account: https://www.flickr.com/photos/dermotohalloran/albums/72157675834324543/with/31653580863/
And on the Amiga Ireland YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1DLAejlOltpAcx9TGQq8Qg
Images courtesy of individually credited photographers and the organisers.