Amiga Ireland – Half year update 👋

We’re approaching the halfway point between the previous and next Amiga Ireland event. Here’s what’s been happening:

Dave Haynie is coming to Amiga Ireland 2020. What else can we say? This is incredible news. We are very much looking forward to meeting and speaking with him. Most recently Dave has written about his time with Commodore in the book Commodore: The Inside Story by David Pleasance and is some copies are available here at Amiga Kit.

The creative competition winners from January 2019 have received their prizes. Thank you for entering and a special thank you to Cloanto & Retro Ready for sponsoring the prizes. If you haven’t heard the entries yet, your can

Our survey which looked for feedback on the event has been closed and a winner was drawn at random (using Google’s random number generator). Congratulations to R. Valles on winning an copy of Amikit X and thank you to Amikit of course for making this happen. The feedback will be taken on board and some changes (for example, sound buffering for workshop to reduce external sounds ) are being planned for. We’ll talk about the survey results in more depth in a future Amiga Ireland podcast.

At Amiga Ireland 2019 a generous donation of a unique Amiga 500 was made by Rob Cranley (which made it’s way over from Scotland!). It was decided to do a raffle this time to raise funds. We made EUR 320 which was divided equally between Amiga Ireland and the Computer & Communications Museum of Ireland. Here is the museum’s curator Brendan Smith being presented with a cheque – thank you for your support over the years!

In the last two weeks we signed the final revision of the contract with our new venue in 2020, the Sheraton Hotel in Athlone. This new venue is three or four times larger than the previous venue and our experience with them and their facilities has been extremely positive which is why we’ve chosen to go with them. Their closeness to the bus/train station, large parking facilities and connected shopping center is another bonus and hopefully next time we need a VGA extender at short notice we won’t have to run quite as far (thanks to the Greeks for taking care of this last time 😉 ).

We have been saving towards a larger venue for some years now and we would like to thank everyone who has contributed to us each year, helped with organizing, presented, donated and of course sponsored us to make this happen.

Our ticketing system is already prepared for January 2020. Once the schedule is finalized for the two-day event, tickets will go on sale. The cost of the event has not changed, but price will include fees upfront rather than at the checkout from now on. There will be a new category of ticket also. You can follow us on Twitter @AmigaIreland, Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/amigausersireland/ or keep an eye on www.amigausers.ie. Until next time!

Amiga Ireland. Sponsored by A-Eon Technology, AmigaKit, A1200.net, Commodore: The Inside Story & Retro Ready