Welcoming reception

Where and when

We will have a joint WebCamp / BlogTalk welcoming drinks reception on the 2nd March 2008 at the Aula Maxima, University College Cork (see the UCC map). The event will begin at 6 PM and will finish at around 8:30 to 9 PM. It will be followed by an optional blogger's dinner (please add your name to the wiki page to ensure your seat). The welcoming reception is being sponsored by BT.

About the Aula Maxima

In 1846, the eminent architectural team of Deane and Woodward designed the great hall of University College Cork, the Aula Maxima. This was to be the "jewel" in the College’s neo-gothic main quadrangle. Situated on a steep limestone escarpment with views of the river Lee, the Aula Maxima was described on completion as "one of the most magnificent rooms in
Ireland". Amongst the hall's noteworthy features are a high vaulted ceiling supported by graceful hammerhead trusses, an imposing full height Oriel window and elegant limestone
tracery stonework. The hall, measuring 27.5 metres in length by 10.9 metres in width, displays a splendid stained glass window dedicated to George Boole, the first Professor of Mathematics at UCC and creator of the mathematical basis of computer design. The Aula Maxima has served for more than 150 years as the epicentre of college activities and as the main ceremonial and examinations hall. It has survived virtually unchanged in form over this period and now carries an air of aged grandeur. The Aula Maxima was the centre of activity where everyone assembled on opening day in 1849 and it has since served as a reading room,
reception area, concert hall, dance hall, banquet centre and graduation hall. It is unrivalled as
the symbolic heart of the University.

About University College Cork

Founded in 1845, University College Cork is an internationally-recognised university with four
Colleges, over 60 academic departments and schools and 16,500 students. The University has an attractive city centre campus and brings a global dimension to Cork with 1,900 international students studying at UCC annually. UCC is the principal university in the province of Munster, the largest outside Dublin, and is a constituent university of the National University of Ireland.

Photo by insaneirishman.