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Commodore Amiga Users meet in Ireland

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Only Amigaaaaaaaa! [Pic Trevor Dickinson]
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

Communing with the Amiga in Ireland [Pic Dermot O’Halloran]
Soldering on! [Pic Dermot O’Halloran].
All kinds of machines and setup configurations were on display, and some very interesting workshops and talks were available including:

Listening attentively [Pic Dermot O’Halloran].jpg
Trevor Dickinson of A-EON speaks [Pic Dermot O’Halloran].

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 event

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

Plus further video coverage of the event by Ravi from The Retro Hour podcast: http://www.theretrohour.com/youtube/

 

Images courtesy of individually credited photographers and the organisers.
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