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Getting ready for Soundwaves Minecraft 2016

It’s September – that means¬†Soundwaves Month!

And for the fifth time, the Soundwaves Minecraft will be part of Soundwaves!

Go to¬†our Eventbrite page¬†to get one of the server passes¬†(available online only this year), which will allow server access for all of next weekend – from Friday 16 September, 4 p.m. to Sunday 18 September, 9 p.m. You spoke and we listened – most action happened during the weekend, and some parents thought having the server open during school days wasn’t very helpful, so we are now focusing all the game play on Fri (from 4 p.m.), Sat, Sun (until 9 p.m.)!

As before, each player needs to own their Minecraft licence and have a user name for the PC/Mac (NOT Pocket Edition, Playstation, Wii, XBox, and also NOT Windows 10 – those are not compatible with our server).

For the first time, there are free drop-in sessions in the training room of¬†cccSkerries for those who have signed up for the Minecraft Soundwaves Project. Details will be mailed to those who have signed up for Soundwaves Minecraft. It will be fun!¬†First come, first served – five sessions @ six spaces max.¬†You can use your own laptop or one of ours. It’s in 19 Kelly’s Bay Rocks.

And then there will be the wonderful Soundwaves Minecraft Wrap Party, Little Theatre, Sun 25 Sep, 11 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. (the end time in the brochure is incorrect, please do come and pick up your kids at 12.30). The price for the party is included in the server price!

Any questions? Contact us, Soundwaves Minecraft at or see for info & a few pictures from the last years.
Soundwaves Minecraft, that is Ciar√°n McKenna aka wututui (server admin; op), Mat May aka 480 272 (creative side; op), Sabine McKenna aka SabineMines (that’s me! Admin, op).


That was Soundwaves Minecraft 2015

So how was Soundwaves Minecraft for you this year? ūüôā For me (SabineMine), 2015 was possibly the most active Soundwaves Minecraft Project yet… I spent most of my afternoons online, and had a great time digging out my big hole (if you get a copy of the world – see below –¬†and look at it, it’s just the beginning of a big mine – my residence is called SabineMinesHere – and that’s what it turned out to be!), having a look at what others were doing, exploring the Nether and playing a little bit in our parallel Survival world.

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So many things went on during the week, people came and built their competition entry, and then stayed to explore, build something together, go on adventures in the Nether or the Survival World, and then there was, of course, the online party – that party zone was amazing, thank you so much, everyone who helped prepare it!

The Wrap Party

One day’s rest for the players, a day of preparation & judging for the ops – and then it there was the party on Sunday. After a week of making new friends online, of meeting old friends again (and being very impressed by their ever-increasing Minecraft building skills) and spending time with them in our world,¬†this is where we got to¬†see (nearly) everyone in real life. I think our project is very special in that it brings together Minecrafters across a range of ages, who are all part of the Skerries community. Where else can you play on a safe server with people you know in real life? Great to put faces to names.

Click into any pictures to see them large! “Esc” to get back to the blog. Images: Caroline Curley.

The one-hour party was full-on. Printouts of many of the builds! (By no way each of them, but loads and loads.) A video of our world! A Lego corner! A colouring table! Popcorn, marshmallows and other treats! And of course: The Minecraft Build Off, ably orchestrated by Wututui aka Ciarán. As you can see from the pictures, people were busy!

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Images: Caroline Curley.

All our 2015 winners

It was an indication of the great buzz we had on the server this year that so many came to the party – practically all players were there on Sunday. And in my mind, everyone who was part of the 2015 project was a winner. Having said that, we did have a few prizes to give out… First of all for the competition on the day:

The Minecraft Build Off

26 participants. 2 minutes per round. 3 rounds. A lot of excitement and cheering from the crowd. And then it was clear… the winners were:

1st: Pukamay (again!)

2nd: Cocopoppy

3rd: Trevorpat

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Images: Caroline Curley.

And the 2015 Soundwaves Minecraft Project Winners are….

For the fourth time now, Liam O’Donnell ¬†aka Praxismaxis did the judging. Liam is an award-winning author, teacher, and Minecraft fan. He came online from Toronto, where he lives (very useful for a judge to come from far, far away), and we spent a very pleasant yet busy four hours online on Saturday afternoon, virtually walking around the server while he told me via Skype what he thought of the build, and how much he enjoys judging this competition, and how he’d love to come to Skerries soon (he has family in Dublin and is overdue a visit there), while he was filling in a shared Google doc with his comments and rankings. Technology, eh? Minecraft server, Skype, Google docs all at once! ¬†[We’ll have to have a mini party for him when he does come, what do you think?]

In some categories, we had more entries than in others, so Liam picked between 1 and 3 winners and up to two Honourable Mentions.

Skerries Category, Minor Miner (2nd class and younger)

1st place: Cartmaster: Rockabill.

2nd place: Stampyjackcrilly: ImageDepot

Fantasy Category, Minor Miner (2nd class and younger)

1st place: SamuelP2007: SeaCastle

2nd place: 123danamal: TheTowerOfSkerries

3rd place: AwesomeDog2007: Megacinema

Skerries Category, Junior Miner (3rd and 4th class)

1st place: Tennislad: TennHouse

Fantasy Category, Junior Miner (3rd and 4th class)

1st place: BayernMo: stumble_stairs

2nd place: epic_olaf64: RapunzelsTower

3rd place: IronMiner2015: lasership

Honourable Mention: TREVORPAT: BIGHOUSE

Skerries Category, Senior Miner (5th class and older)

1st place: theloopyunicorn: StormInATeacup

2nd place: IRISHPROGAMEZ: BlueBar

3rd place: CILLIAN676: CrowMan

Fantasy Category, Senior Miner (5th class and older)

1st place: Hogmaster234: TheParkourPalace

2nd place: CILLIAN676: SoundwavesCastle

3rd place: theloopyunicorn: BigSteve

Honourable Mention: Riona2003: treetops

Honourable Mention: pukamay: arcade_machien

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Images: Caroline Curley (additional images: Michael McKenna, Skerries Camera Club).

Do have a look at their builds (and the many other great creations) on the 2015 world, which you can download for yourself (see below)!

The 2015 world for you to download

Would you like to “own” our final Soundwaves Minecraft 2015 world? Then follow the link.

Download the zip and unzip it, then place it into your Minecraft Worlds folder. To find that, go to file manager and search for %appdata% – you should see a folder called .minecraft – and inside that folder, find the folder “saves” and unzip the Zip file into it. It should look like this:

click here to search for Minecraft where to put your world folder

Now, a word of warning – it’s just a copy of the world, without all the bells and whistles that came with the server, so no protecting, /home, /spawn etc. But on the upside – it’s yours to do with as you please! ūüėÄ

A bonus fromDescent-2015cover-700H our judge: A free Minecraft eBook for you to download!

Liam O’Donnell, our esteemed judge, is also an author of books for young readers, and he has written a number of Minecraft-based books. He has kindly offered a free copy to the participants of the Skerries Minecraft Project – all you have to do is to go to this link and enter your email address, and “Descent into Overworld” is yours.

That’s it for this year!

We’d like to thank Storm in a Teacup in MinecraftStorm in a Teacup for sponsoring the three first prizes in the Skerries category, and Caroline Curley for the fantastic photographs she sent us. Additional photography
by Michael McKenna, Skerries Camera Club.

A big thank-you to Soundwaves for giving us the opportunity to run this unique event, to Ciar√°n McKenna, organiser, tech wiz & op, and Mat May, organiser, creator of this accurate Minecraft representation of Skerries, designer of our posters, certificates, badges. I myself, as organiser and op, had a great time and hope that we’ll see you again!

In 6 days from this...

In 6 days from this…

... to that: Note all the builds in this Minecraft-generated map of

… to that: Note all the builds in this Minecraft-generated map of “our world”!

Don’t you just love our 2015 video?

And here are lots and lots of screen shots. Enjoy!¬†Click into any pictures to see them large! “Esc” to get back to the blog.

Please register your details (optional but please) & Crow Minecraft Man

Please let us know what¬†build or builds you’re entering for the competition (closes at 8 p.m. tonight) – you don’t HAVE to do this,¬†but if you do, it will help the judge find your entry, and that’s good, right?

And there will be a little something extra on the party day for the  first five to do so!

Below the form, there’s a screen shot of the result of our arts¬†mini project yesterday, a crow Minecraft man based on Niamh Sharkey’s design (also below). Cute, eh? ūüėČ

See you (the participants of the 2015 Soundwaves Minecraft Project) on Sunday at the Little Theatre from 12 noon!


Crow Man. A design by Niamh Sharkey.

Crow Man. A design by Niamh Sharkey.

Crow Minecraft Man

Crow Man Art! And: Can you help at the party?

We have a new addition to our arts area, the sculpture park (/warp park to get there), and it is the beginning of Crow Man! If you have¬†seen¬†Niamh’s sculptures for the Soundwaves 2015 Artwaves project, this lad will seem very familiar…. and now we’re looking for people to help recreate him (based on Niamh’s pixelated drawing, see below) in the Sculpture Park of our 2015 Soundwaves Minecraft World!

Another quick bit of information….¬†we need your help!¬†We need four adults to volunteer, in addition to the Soundwaves Yellow Shirts and two Transition Year students we already have, to be at our Wrap Party on Sunday. You’d be needed from 11 a.m. to about 1.30 p.m. at the latest (and of course you can bring a child or two). General party supervision stuff,¬†no previous Minecraft or other experience needed! Please let us know at if you can help out. Thank you!

Crow Man. A design by Niamh Sharkey.

Crow Man. A design by Niamh Sharkey.

Quick update on the 2015 Project!

The server will be open as normal today and then until 8 p.m. tomorrow, Friday.
We’ll have an online farewell party from 7.30 to 8 p.m. … there are games in the party zone, prepared by a number of players, and we’ll just hang out and say good bye to this year’s server.

1. Remember the competition! Winners will be announced after the party on Sunday.
You can enter one build into the competition for the Fantasy category
AND one for the Skerries category.
 Put a sign in front of it with its name and its category.
If you don’t have a sign, we don’t know you want to enter the building, so the sign is your competition entry. Any questions, let me know online or send me an email.
2. If there are any problems on the server, ¬†telling me online or sending¬†an email to me, Sabine, at should sort it. We’ve had very little griefing (destroying of others’ buildings) this year, and where it was shown to me, I’ve managed to undo the damage.
Please protect your buildings!
Also no need to guess who did what, if something was indeed destroyed… We can see who placed or destroyed a block, and we have sent warning emails in 3 cases.
So far we did not have to ban any players, but where griefing happens from the same account a second time, we will ban the player, even if it’s a brother or sister who got hold of the account and did the damage…. you’re responsible for what happens on your account.
3. Survival World online! For those who’d like an extra challenge, or feel they have built enough. This is out of the competition (as is the nether), just for fun – type in forward slash warp survival, as in:
/warp survival
and you will be in a different world… To get back, go /warp spawn

4. PARTY! The wrap party on Sunday, 12 noon until about 1 p.m. in the Little Theatre, followed by the prize giving:
  • Included in your server pass! If you’re not coming, please let us know so we can allocate some tickets to others who might want to join us.
  • There will be a Minecraft Build-Off on four cccSkerries laptops, with small prizes and in particular the glory of winning – 3 rounds @ 2 minutes.
  • Also other activities like a Lego Corner, party snacks, and images from this week.
Parents can drop their kids at 12 and return for the prize giving at 1 p.m.
That’s it for now – see you then!
The 2015 magnets have arrived! Available at our party on Sunday.

The 2015 magnets have arrived! Available at our party on Sunday.

The server is ready and will open soon!

The first 20 server passes out of the 100 available have already been sold. And we haven’t even told many people¬†about the 2015 Soundwaves Minecraft Project yet!

It’s time to join now. Get the 2015 server pass online directly by following the Get 2015 Server Pass link – or go to the Skerries News Information Office, 18 Thomas Hand Street, and buy it there (and make sure you send us the registration email!)

The rules are pretty much the same as last year, and you can check them out here on the website, but we’ll decide on the age groups for the competition until we know what age the participants are, so that the groups will be a bit more even.

We have cool prizes (at least that’s what I, Sabine, think, but then who would not love to win¬†little Minecraft figures and cardboard Minecraft heads and 10 cm cubes that look like diamond ore and can light up…)

This year, we are starting with a virtual, online kick-off – hope to see all players on the server from 12 noon to 1 p.m. this Saturday!

If you join us later, that’s no problem either, of course. The server will remain open until the next Friday at 8 p.m.

It’ll be creative. It’ll be peaceful. It’ll be colourful. There’ll be two categories for the competition, Skerries and Fantasy. There’ll be a few surprises as the week goes on….but you’ll have to wait and see for yourself!

And it will all end with a real-life, don’t-bring-a-laptop¬†Wrap-Up Party(included¬†in the price of ‚ā¨7 if buying the server pass in person in the Skerries News Information Office, or ‚ā¨8.07 if choosing the online option) on Sunday 27 September, 12 noon to 1 p.m., in the Little Theatre.

At the end of the party (which can only be attended by those who are on the server because we have limited space in the Little Theatre) the winners of this year’s competition will be announced and the prizes handed out.

It will be so much fun! Looking forward to it already!
Don’t forget to get that server pass!

Friday Pictures (Party and other) And 2014 Prize Winners

The server is now closed for this year. I think it was the best year yet, great people online and great creations. People seemed to really enjoy themselves, and when there were little misunderstandings, they were usually settled fast enough. And the creativity this year! Wow. It will be very tough to judge. Every building that is on the server, is automatically in the competition. Results were announced during the Skerries Soundwaves Minecraft and Cookery Competitions and Exhibitions on Sunday 21 Sep 2014 in Skerries Community Centre, and the winners were:

Skerries Category:

1st prize minor: SportsWorld by AwesomeDog
2nd prize minor: Arbour Blooms by mickey6th

1st prize junior: Community Centre by cocopoppy
2nd prize junior: Skerries Park by Skerriesboy
3rd prize junior: Skerries Bank by FluffyKicky

1st prize senior: Skerries Train Station by slippykicky
2nd prize senior: Skerries Book Shop by MadMentalSean
Fantasy Category:

1st prize junior: HotelSweet by Custylocka
2nd prize junior: lego by SamuelP2007

1st prize junior: Legendary Castle by CILLIAN676
2nd prize junior: The Amazing Maze by Hogmaster234
3rd prize junior: up by theloopyunicorn

1st prize senior: Headshot by MacDarach8810
2nd prize senior: Smokenzie by Smokenzie

Some snapshots from the Minecraft Area & Prize Giving 2014

The Last Day on the Server

Lots were online on Friday afternoon, and while some couldn’t come to the¬†online party at half seven, just before the server closed around eight,¬†due to Scouts and Athletics and other such worthwhile and fun things, we met most in the afternoon & took pictures with them then. Here are a few screenshots from yesterday afternoon and from the party.

And as for the party itself… there was a record number of people on, and I hope you can see from the short video of the last minutes that it was…¬†fun!!!

Next up is the huge event that is the Skerries Soundwaves Lego Minecraft and Cookery Competitions and Exhibitions, Skerries Community Centre, Sunday (tomorrow from when I’m writing this) from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., which will also say the second and following rounds, up to the final, of the 2014 Minecraft Build Off – and the winners of our online competition will be announced as well!

Minecraft Build OffRound One took place last Saturday during the kick-off party. All who made it to Round Two are asked to report to the Minecraft area by three o’clock; any slots unfilled by then will be filled by players on the day (after a short first round for them, too, to be fair).

Watch this space for updates!