Announcing the new SQL Server Ireland UG Team

As announced at the last UG meeting Niall Flanagan has retired as the SQL Ireland User Group Lead. Niall went out in style with an excellent delivery of the “Effective Indexing” at the Microsoft Venue. Niall’s not going far he is still very active in the DBA scene and is also an active member on the team organising SQL Saturday Dublin, helping to bring some 28 of the worlds best SQL speakers and trainers to Ireland in September.

On behalf of the Irish SQL Community I want to say a huge thanks to Niall who founded the User Group back in 2006 and helped grow it from maybe only 10 people at a meeting to perhaps the largest Microsoft technology group in Ireland with over 600 members on the distribution list and regular sessions with close to 100 people attending.

The new team is made up from:

  • President – Bob Duffy
  • Vice President – Marco Blasio
  • Secretary – Carmel Gunn
  • Event Coordinator– Ben Watt

You can follow the SQL Ireland User Group on the following social media:

We look forward to continuing to bring the Irish SQL community some of the most informative sessions, and encouraging collaboration among your peers within the user group.

Please do send in any ideas to or post on the facebook site. So far suggestions for late 2014 and 2015 are:

  • Running Quarterly Lighting Talk sessions to help people develop speaking experience.
  • Running talks more frequently
  • Actively joining the “SQL Relay” events for more full day content and seminars
  • Separating out a BI group for regular meetings.
  • Establishment of a peer technical forum/email group for technical discussion

If you want to join the User Group Distribution Email you can fill out the form below:

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