The Computing and Communications Museum of Ireland provides a fascinating insight into advances in communications from ancient hieroglyphics to today’s Internet. The array of electronic artefacts on display includes such iconic computers as the DEC PDP 11, Apple II, IBM PC, Amiga, Sinclair ZX81 and the Commodore Vic-20.
- Learn How Science Fiction Influenced Today’s Technology
- See Irish-made computers from the early 1970s onwards
- Play Vintage Games incl. Pacman, Space Invaders & Sonic the Hedgehog
- Step into an Irish classroom from times past
- Create your own computer programme
There are special thematic exhibits on ‘Youth & Innovation’, ‘Women in Technology-Hidden Histories’ and ‘Galway – Ireland’s Digital City’. The facility serves as a venue for special technology events such as Retro Gaming nights, computer programming sessions and it is where the Galway Coderdojo group holds workshops. The museum operates under a multi-sectoral board chaired by Dr. Chris Coughlan of Hewlett-Packard with representatives from Engineers’ Ireland, GMIT, IT NUIG, DERI as well as small businesses and Irish Diaspora groups.
Located at Insight Centre for Data Analytics at NUI Galway, this collaboration with eGalway tells the fascinating story of key moments in the history of communications. Yet it is designed to be more than just a tribute to the past and a collection of historical artifacts. For it has a central tenet of inspiring today’s youth to consider science and engineering careers by highlighting the importance of ‘innovation’ to human progress and the crucial but oftentimes overlooked contributions of young people and of Ireland to advances in global communications technologies.