Its really been a great year for us. This time last year the maker and hacker community from the Louth, Meath and North County Dublin areas were yet to come together and put the gears in motion to start a space here in Drogheda. The first meeting was held at the D Hotel in the town in early February 2012 where initial discussion was started about how feasible it would be to start a space in the area. The meetings were held every two weeks where a few of us would continue to plan what would be required in order for it to be successful. Soon talk began about holding some workshops that would help spread the word and to start bringing people together. Early in May of this year Millmount RDC provided us with a room to hold a number of these workshop sessions ranging from introduction to python programming to arduino programming to retro computing events. Events and meetups to date have been mostly quite small but focussed gatherings which have proven to be a great way to transfer knowledge and to generally have some fun learning something new. As the community started to grow during the year (with help from the workshops, the larger irish hackerpsace community and through this website) we began to look for a permanent space to call home. Thankfully we didnt have to look too far as the managers of Millmount RDC gave us the opportunity to use the two rooms for continued use and to store our equipment. This support both locally and further afield will hopefully continue well into the new year and with some formalities now almost in place including an elected board, the constitution and club bank account and now a very reasonable rent to pay we have high hopes for the space in 2013. We are also in the position to begin sharing equipment and to hold classes for anyone interested in getting more involved in the space.
So in light of all of this next Saturday (15/12/12 from 11-4) will be the last real chance to get yourself down to Lightbox Lab before we switch of the light and close the old shutters on the window looking up at Millmount tower for the last time this year. However rest assured we will be back in January with regular weekly meetups on Saturday and on selected weekdays. Also next Saturday we are planning on going for a few drinks (possibly W.M Cairnes) afterwards to celebrate a great year for the hacking and making community in the area. Please join us at Millmount for some festive hacking and making or afterwards at the bar to help us celebrate!