A few short weeks ago *ahem* months ago, our benevolent leader asked me to write a blog post about our adventures in Dublin at the after party of the Mini Maker Faire with TOG all the way back in July. Days turned to weeks, weeks turned to months and then a Masters begins to take over ones life…

Naturally, the events of the evening have faded somewhat in my memory. We fired up the BBQ and had some awesome food, then we fired up the Rubin’s Tube and had some awesome fun,


then we fired up the fire extinguisher.

Needless to say, we all had a lot of fun and it was a great way to end a very successful Maker Faire!

I apologise for the delay in writing this note and message of thanks to the guys and gals in TOG for their hospitality and a great evening!

Lots of love,


Local print company sponsors our 3D printer!

We are very pleased to announce that local Galway City business Right Price Ink has pledged €400 to 091 Labs to go towards the construction of our new 3D Printer!!

Names from left: Oisin Greaney, Padraic Harley, Ciaran McCool, Conor Hoary, Domhnall Walsh, Aaron Hastings, Michael O’Connor, Matthew Kolder, Derek Naughton (Right Price Ink), Alan Keaveney, John Sheehan

Scheduled Talk: Tues 27th March

Topic of Talk – Literacy software suitable for dyslexia and non-native English speakers.

Caroline Donoghue will present and demonstrate:
* Texthelp Read & Write Gold text-to-speech software
* Dragon Naturally Speaking voice recognition software
* Inspiration mind-mapping software

Flower Arranging Classes *POSTPONED*

Please note that this class has been postponed to a later date, which we will be announcing shortly. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Practical classes and demonstrations of FLOWER ARRANGING @ 091 Labs every second Saturday beginning with this Saturday the 11th of February from 2pm to 4pm.

The first class will cover how to make a Corsage, suitable for a Debs, Wedding or Fancy Dress.

The fee for each class is €5 for the general public and €2 for 091 Labs members.

All materials will be provided.

Places limited so please book your place by emailing

Arduino Drop-In Nights

Good news everyone!

Following the success of our recent free ‘Introduction to the Arduino’ classes, we are happy to announce the beginning of a regular drop-in night for people interested in the Arduino micro-controller system.

It will, hopefully, be a great opportunity for beginners to learn the basics but also allow other more experienced users to continue learning and working with a group of like-minds.

Every second Monday (from 7 to 9pm), we will be in the space to throw around ideas, build projects and lend a hand with anyone stuck on a circuit or project. The first night will be run on the 10th of October. (Check the space calendar for further dates). It will be free to attend these nights whether you are a member or not, but donations are always welcome to help keep the internet flowing and the rain off our heads.

For Beginners…

We recommend that absolute beginners purchase an ARDX beginners kit (or something with similar components) as it is designed to give you a well-rounded base of knowledge to start working on your own projects.

Don’t worry if it looks daunting at first, we’ll be in the space to give you direction of you need it.
If you don’t know whether you want to invest in an Arduino or a starter kit just yet, you can still come along and see what they are capable. We may even have a spare that you can build your first circuit on.

… And Enthusiasts

For those of you who already have some experience with the Arduino, this will be a good way to meet people to work on larger collective projects or just get help with something you’re stuck on.

Basically, it’s an open and informal way to start or continue learning how to create interesting, electronic, programmable art!

  • Dates: Every second Monday. (See our events calendar for specific dates)
  • Time: 7-9pm
  • Venue: 091labs, 47 Eyre Square, 1st floor, (above Kennedy’s pub)
  • Requirements: None (but we strongly recommend that you have an Arduino and some sort of starter kit with you if you really want to get involved. This is our favourite )

Hope to see you there,

and just in case….

What is an Arduino?

It’s a very cool little piece of hardware that allows even complete beginners to start making inventive and intelligent electronics projects. It is a great, enjoyable way to learn programming and electronics and has become very popular with tinkerers, artists, and hackers alike and you can see many interesting projects and tutorials online. Simply search ‘Arduino’ on youtube, hackaday, makezine, or instructables and you’ll see what we mean.