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Cathal Garvey

Jun 4, 2014, 3:00:58 PM6/4/14
As before, I'm BCCing a few people not on the diybio-ireland mailing
list. Given the more local and mission-focused nature of all this
thought, I think a new mailing list is in order..right after we agree
upon a name! ;)

So, forwarded below is the minutes kept by John at the meetup last night
in the Porterhouse/Woolshed; thanks to everyone for coming. We ten had a
great time and covered a lot of ground.

As discussed, Bill and I had a meeting today with representatives of the
City Council to discuss the use of the Grattan House location. If you've
not yet seen it, here's a link to streetview; it's the single-storey
building with grassy frontage:,+Cork,+Ireland&aq=0&oq=grattan+street,+cork&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=39.371738,86.572266&vpsrc=6&ie=UTF8&hq=Grattan+Street,&hnear=Cork,+County+Cork,+Ireland&ll=51.898433,-8.479321&spn=0.001877,0.005284&t=m&z=18&iwloc=A&cid=67748508334527583

The council were very warm, and quickly agreed to give us the use of the
building on a provisional basis; the advantage being that there is no
red tape in arranging access, and the disadvantage (though slight) being
that in theory it's not guaranteed when the probationary period lapses.
We received several clear guarantees to this effect, and permission to
say as much to others and to begin pursuing monetary support on that basis.

Our hosts were very positive about the project, and I think they are
eager to see progress; all that must now be done is to provide them with
a legal entity with which to form an agreement; we're already on it!

Next steps, if I may:
1) Seek funding proactively; local companies are probably best first-start.

2) Decide on a name; candidates right now are "brú na Beatha" and
"Forma", respectively "House of Life" and "Bench". The former is cool,
but as Bill points out it's poorly memorable for non-Irish and hard to
guess the spelling of. The latter mirrors "La Paillasse", is
phonetically consistent between languages, but it's not as "cool". Other
name suggestions welcome. Check domain availability when suggesting names.

3) Register everything in that name.

4) Get the word out and find people who want to join but don't know it
yet. :)

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Minutes from 2014.06.04
Date: Wed, 4 Jun 2014 10:10:29 +0100 (IST)
From: John Mangan <redacted>

First Meeting of the Cork SynBio/Hackerspace/Incubator/…

2014.06.05 – The Woolshed, Sheares St., Cork

In attendance were...
Cathal Garvey
Stephen Geary
Neil ?
Sara ?
Jacob ?
Alex ?
Kay ?
Aine Cahill
Laura ?
John Mangan

Cathal advised that he was at an advanced stage with Cork County(City?)
Council in securing a space at Grattan House, Grattan
Cathal to meet with Council on 2014.06.06 to further this.
The cost of the space is believed to be in the region of EUR25p/m

John Mangan insisted on fleshing out Ballpark costs…
All EUR and per Month
25 Rent
150 Electricity
300 Insurance
50 Data
100 Rates
100 Heating
X12 = 8700
300 Accountant (Adding this in now – I think this is necessary)
(EUR300 or so for an accountant would be wise to make sure that
everything is tax compliant)
20000 Site Manager/Admin
(Just thought of this - On-site could be done on a rotational basis
subject to availability and to keep cost down initially)
29000 / 12 = 2417 => 2500 p/m = 625 p/w

Say EUR3K per month.

Revenue streams…
UCC – Univerasity College Cork
CIT – Cork Institute of Technology
SFI – Science Foundation Ireland
EI – Enterprise Ireland
Eli Lilly
Any other Pharma
Coder Dojo (Talks of Bio Dojo)

Membership 20/m
Sponsorship/Grant Funding -
Business Equity – x% given to the space
Flower Power – Sell Orchids.
Jacob suggested Corporate Volunteer and Donation Matching which works in
other countries.
Coffee/snacks – honour box (just thought of that)

Some refreshment was provided by John Mangan…




Jun 9, 2014, 6:31:54 PM6/9/14
Seems like things are really kicking off. Looking forward to next meetup and meeting you all.
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