A Brief History

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Every redbrick member has their own personal history of the society, and together we have a collective personal history of events. The society indepdently of this has it's own independent history rooted in facts, developments, events. Whether we can accurately describe all these views of our beloved society in true glory (with warts & all, for better & worse) remains uncertain, and we each develop a view of the history the more we learn and the more involved we become. Given all this, here's a loose overview of things anyway. Maybe we can work with it. Add or change bits that you know about, if you can!


"In October 1995 a group of friends got the ball rolling on the idea of a computer network in DCU, run by students for the students". These immortal words have been on every society website since 1998, and still capture what redbrick essentially is (friends, vision, education, cooperation, proactivity). The first redbrick machine was a personal computer of drjolt, dubbed 'Nurse', named after a Therapy? Album. It was originally put on the network in the School of Computer Applications, hidden under a desk at the back of the LG01 computer lab. It also spent some time in the Business School? This was early 1996 when Redbrick was switched on for the first time. Soon after, Redbrick was granted a 'subnet' (136.206.15.X) from the wider college organisation, DCU Computer Services (CSD), giving the society more official status within the university.

The first event organised by the committee was a social in the Jolly Beggarman pub (now Kitty Kiernans) on Collins Ave, just down the road from DCU. This event has become legendary for stories of thayl@rb climbing & falling off a nearby phonebox, and further trouble at a house party later on where uninvited local ruffians ("scumbags") were dealt with by some of the society's more intimidating early members.

Redbrick as a system consisted of a Bulletin Board System (BBS), which were popular at that early time of the Irish internet. These were systems that people could dial into from home, post messages to, chat, all in a purposely-designed program on a text based terminal. Redbrick's BBS had a popular chat room area and a strong newsgroup culture. Many famous discussions and posts took place, and the BBS system is remembered fondly as an easy to use central hub for society members to communicate.

Social Times

In 1996/1997 both the BBS and the social events started gaining notoriety, and the society grew gradually as a result. Justin Moran (cain@rb) joined the BBS as a journalism student to write an article for An Tarbh which captures some of the spirit at the time. A popular part of the BBS was "Redbrick House", a custom style chat area in the style of a house, with different rooms. Every member joining the chat gained a certain "level" depending on how many hours they had spent, which gave a certain level of 'epic'ness to the whole thing! Overall, there was a good social spirit to the society, which centered on the BBS and newsgroup, as well as the events of the time and even a "table" in the canteen that would regularly be be populated by redbrick or STOCS people throughout the day.

Growth & Momentum

Early society growth, the spock tenure, membership cards, Alt Rag Ball, huge fresher events, dyed hair Redbrick was physically housed at this time in open CSD computer labs in the Henry Grattan, in a single rack (spray painted black) and dubbed "The Monolith".

DCU's Biggest Society

1000+ members. Officially the biggest society. Powerful systems, powerful influence. Awards & accolades. Recognition.

Technical Prowess

Website/webgroup project, the network grows, clusters, IPv6, contributing to technical projects in Ireland like SAGE-IE and ILUG.

Female leads

Potential infights post-success, Kamili, Drusilla tenures, society happenings around this time?

Associate Culture

The first time the associate presence becomes sizeable, the effect on the society's dynamic

Settling in

Living in the Redbrick room, consolidating the network, Wavehunt, Techweek


Anniversary organisation, the event, the collage, the general spirit, associate meetups, the death of drjolt

[ In progress page by kpodesta - due to be finished 29/5/2006 ]