091 Labs has lived at its current address on Flood Street (named after a person, ironically, not its propensity to be underwater!) for almost a year and half now – we moved here late in 2012. However, due to things rising (water, amongst others) we’ve been looking for, and found, a spot that seems tailor-made for our needs, and we’re going to be on the move over the next couple of weeks.
Our new location is in Roxboro House, on Raleigh Row. This is on the fringe of what some people would call the Latin Quarter, or what Galwegians would more simply call “right behind the Jes”. Conor has already put directions and some photos of the new space, on Bookface, but for those of us who don’t do that sort of thing, here’s the Google Maps link that Conor furnished which shows the route from the old labs facility to the new one – Google puts it at an eight minute walk from from one to the other. As Conor points out, the new unit is ground floor and should be more universally accessible. It’s also bigger, better laid out and more flexible than the old location.
Our new front door!
Over the coming weeks, we’ll be getting the new space up and running, and migrating everything over to the new location. Keep an eye on our various social media handles to see what’s what with regards to classes, meetings and other things in terms of which location they’re to be in but the plan is to be all set up in the new space pretty quickly.
Just 24 hours after signing our new lease, 091 Labs is moved in. Yesterday was a day of heavy lifting. I caught the aftermath on film. Sadly, I didn’t snap a picture of Mariah’s special Bailey’s cake before we consumed it.
Our new space is at 47 Eyre Square, just above Kennedy’s pub. (Maps are on the About page.) For now we’re sorting out all the utilities that come with a new home: electricity, internet, keys… as well as starting the unpacking in earnest.
We’re planning some great events in the upcoming weeks. Mark your calendar for Irish Hackerspaces Week (Saturday the 20th of August to Sunday the 28th of August), and consider subscribing to our Events calendar and this blog.
091 members out in numbers
091 Labs in motion
091's youngest hacker
The night view of Eyre Square out our window. Convenient for watching for the bus!
Kebabs courtesy of our neighbours, The Charcoal Grill. Delicious boozy chocolate cake courtesy of Mariah!
Relaxing after the move
Thanks are also due to Gerry & Patrick Kavanagh for assistance in storing and moving stuff at relatively short notice, Michael O’Connor (for help with storage) as well as Radek Panek, Marcus Quinlan, Carles Sentis and Seán for their time, fuel and vehicles when ferrying members and our collected crap from pillar to post when both moving out of the old space and moving into this one. Not to mention, everyone who turned up to lend a hand with the heavy lifting. Thanks one and all!
091 Labs will finally be signing the lease on the new Space this coming Wednesday. Our new address will be 091 Labs, 1st Floor, Tyrone House, Eyre Square, Galway!
We’ve got the keys, are eager to get moved in and need your help!
We’re looking for some willing volunteers who have big vehicles to aid us in transporting all our gear to the new Space over the course of this coming week and we’ll need a few people to help lift the gear up the stairs once it gets dropped at the door too.
A lot of discussion has gone on behind the scenes in recent days and weeks regarding the current homeless circumstances of 091 Labs. Some of the discussion has been heated. Laconic quips have been made. Properties have been researched and prospective landlords have been contacted in and around Galway City. The outlook right now is pretty good: We’re close to securing a property in the city centre and negotiations have begun about the letting of the property to 091 Labs. More than that it really isn’t my place to say.
We’ve started to move our books, furniture, electronics and bookish electronic furniture from Exchange House into temporary storage around the city and county. Almost all of the small pieces were moved yesterday afternoon. More is to go in coming days.
And yes, many weeks of summer still lie ahead of us, but inevitably September is going to come and a fresh batch of mundane…first year college students will arrive in Galway. Just like we did in 2010, classes are in tentative planning to be held for them: Electronics, programming, Linux, computer maintenance.
There will be a meeting for all interested in 091 Labs’ current developments tonight at 8pm in Club Arus na nGael on Dominick Street Lower (Location here: http://goo.gl/zWTDd). Things to be discussed are our exact member numbers, ideas for workshops until we find a permanent space and the most up-to-date news on our hunt for a new space.
Hope to see you there at 8pm. Apologies to those who got a tweet last night about last week’s meeting. That was sent in error. Silly technology…