Donal McNamee enrolled in Maynooth University in 1998. Coming from University where SkyNet is a popular society, he was astounded to find that there was no such society in Maynooth.
Donal (with the help of Madeline Butler) went about setting up a society requesting donations from the Students Union (who were helpful as ever) and Intel, finally they acquired a machine with the help of Richard Dowling and his contacts in Redbrick (the DCU computer society).
After some administrative wranglings it was agreed that students could connect a computer to the university network, as long as they behaved. The society name was under discussion, some people wanting to call it "The Computer Society", "NetSoc" etc, another group consisting of Margaret McGaley and Cian Synott (amongst others) hoping to call it the "Maynooth Information and Network Development Society". Its pretty clear which group won. Minds received a new lease of life in 1999 when the CSSE degree took off in Maynooth, and before long it was a very popular society.
Every long road is bumpy, and none more so than Minds, a couple of glitches and a few unsolicited emails have cause Minds trouble over the years, but these days its all coming along nicely. The academic year 2004-2005 was the most successful year ever for the society, they acquired 150 members, most of which are active and enjoying the benefits the society now offers.
This brings us up to date, for now...