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.

The Computer and Communications Museum of Ireland is holding an Open Day on Saturday 13th July 2013. The museum will be open to the public from 10am until 3pm and is located in the Digital Enterprise Research Institute of NUI Galway at the IDA/NUIG Dangan Business Park.
Taking pride of place on the open day will be a very rare example of an Engelbart Keyset (five-fingered input device). Doug Engelbart and his research team at Stanford Research Institute adapted a five key "keyset" for typing and entering commands with the left hand while pointing and clicking with the mouse held in the right hand. Engelbart, an industry pioneer, passed away last week. He remarked to Dr. John Breslin of DERI and NUI Galway earlier this year that he was delighted that the Computer & Communications Museum of Ireland held an example of his work in it's permanent collection. He is better known as the inventor of the Computer Mouse and for his visionary presentation 'The Mother of All Demos'.
The five finger keyset is on loan to the museum from Karl Flannery of Storm Technology.
Also on display from the museum's archive will be an example of the first projector known as a Magic Lantern. This early communication tool dates from 1899 and was used at Queen's College Galway (now NUI-Galway). Other artifacts recently acquired include Motorola Micro-TAC, the first 'truly mobile' phone from 1979 and a Motorola 7110, the worlds first mobile phone with a WAP Browser.
The museum collections include many examples of both business and home computing that shaped our local technology culture and delighted the large crowds that visited the museum when it relocated to the Volvo Village last summer.
Past featured items have included examples of the first transistor and the first telephone provided by Bell Labs in the USA.

Explore the collection online in three ways:


It is located at the Digital Enterprise Research Institute (DERI) at NUI Galway. For further information, contact Brendan Smith at brendan.smith@deri.org.

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