Illustration Workshop with Alan Corbett and Galway Pub Scrawl – Saturday June 16th


Professional illustrator Alan Corbett will be running a one-day picture book illustration workshop at 091 Labs on Saturday June 16th from 10AM to 6PM in collaboration with the Galway Pub Scrawl group.

Alan’s illustration work includes the “Ghost of Shandon“, “The Gruesome End of Baron Spolasco” (for the 6th annual Dragon of Shandon Samhain Parade in Cork City) and “Anna in the Little Match Girl“.

The cost on the door will be €10 (€8 for students and 091 members) for the day. Handouts are included in the price.

This workshop will be served on a first-come first-served basis. A place can be reserved by joining the Facebook Event page or emailing donalfall [at] gmail [dot] com

Floral Craft Workshops – Flower Arranging @ 091 Labs


Pentas Flowers by aussigall on Flickr

We will be holding our rescheduled practical class and demonstration of Flower Arranging/Floral Craft this Saturday the 25th of February from 2pm to 4pm @ 091 Labs.

This is the first of a series of Floral Craft workshops, to be held every second Saturday.

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 general public and €2 for 091 Labs members.

All materials will be provided.

Places are limited so please book your place by emailing info@091labs.com

*POSTPONED* The Linux Workshop of Stupendous Splendour


Unfortunately, this workshop has had to be postponed as Mark isn’t feeling well and isn’t up to the trip down to Galway for the class. We’ll announce here when we know more about when it’s being rescheduled, sorry.

Why yes, a Linux workshop!

Friday January 20, from about 7pm onward. You want to learn Linux? Great! What you need is:

  1. A laptop computer with enough hard disk space to install Linux.
  2. A sense of self-worth and a desire to learn.
  3. The fortitude to repartition your machine in order to install Linux.

We will be working with Ubuntu Linux 11.101.

Order of operations:

  1. Get everyone settled and liability releases signed2.
  2. Introduce myself and introduce Linux. I have a swish presentation.
  3. Hand out installation media to anyone who hasn’t been frightened away3.
  4. Branch out into Q&A and get everyone working on a goal. I don’t have an overall plan in mind, save that I do better in this kind of format.

Scary footnotes aside, it should be a great evening for anyone who wants to come in and try Linux out and enjoy our friendly user-friendly hackerspace.

Admission is €10 per person, with proceeds going to the hackerspace.


1The hackerspace has Ubuntu 11.10 installation media, I have Ubuntu 11.10 installation media and it is honestly the only distro I have used for any great length of time in the past decade.
2I want you to understand that complete data loss on your hard disk is a tangible risk if you mess up with partitioning. You will be supervised and the risk of data loss will be explicitly spelled out on the night.
3Depending on both the size of the crowd and my own infamously mercurial temperament, I may not be able to micromanage partitioning and installation. I will certainly supervise, but the burden of responsibility is on you, O Participant!

Python for Non-Programmers – Monday, November 28th @ 7.30pm


We’re going to be running a two night class on ‘Python for Non-Programmers’ in the Labs. The two nights in question are next Monday, November 28th and the following Monday, December 5th.

This class is intended for those who have either never programmed before or are looking for a bit of a push to start learning Python. It’ll be covering the basics of programming (variables, strings, loops, arrays, functions, etc) using Python 3. In January we’ll be doing a longer Beginner Python course for those who are interested and later again, Intermediate Python.

First class starts at 7.30pm on the 28th and will run until 10pm. The first half hour is installation of the programs we’ll be using for the class. The rest of the time will be spent learning.

Second class will start at 8pm on the 5th and will also run until 10pm. This will be continuing on from where we left off the previous week.

We would ask that those who are coming along to arrive a little early, just in case.

Each class will be €2 for 091 Labs members and €4 for non-members.

If anyone has any questions, join our public mailing list and ask us there!