The Web Summit has announced that it is leaving Dublin next year for the sunnier Portuguese climate, setting up shop in Lisbon for the foreseeable future.
The news captured the minds of Irish tweeters fairly quickly, with various emotions showcased through the immediacy of social media.
Social immediacy, if you will.
First came the news, blogged and then Tweeted from the powers-that-be.
— Paddy Cosgrave (@paddycosgrave) September 23, 2015
We had praise of Web Summit’s incredible success, aligned with worries of how Ireland (or Dublin) could react to such a blow.
Regarding #websummit – should we not be glad that we introduced the world to a brilliant innovation? Let's share it with other cities?
— Lesley Robinson (@LesTunes) September 23, 2015
Dublin losing #WebSummit is a massive blow to the economy and to Dublin's aspirations to remain a start-up hub in Europe.
— James Brophy (@JBrophy2705) September 23, 2015
— Kevin Higgins (@higginskev) September 23, 2015
We even had criticism of Lisbon.
— Donal Rafferty (@Mammoth_T_M) September 23, 2015
We had begrudgery abound.
— brian lucey (@brianmlucey) September 23, 2015
— Reader Writers. (@ReaderWriters) September 23, 2015
Several tech communities in Dublin hold events weekly- how much attention do they get from Politicians or Govt Agencies? Zero.#websummit
— Kevin O'Brien (@dragonflystats) September 23, 2015
We had business ideas.
#WebSummit move creates an interesting opportunity for a similar conference in Dublin. People did not just come for the wifi.
— Leo Moore (@leommoore) September 23, 2015
But, on the most part, we had mockery.
Typically Irish. .the country is being overrun with new big exotic spiders…and the #websummit goes to Portugal,good new for flies i shpose
— seanbrowne (@aghadoe11) September 23, 2015
Very sad news about the Web Summit moving to Portugal, I was hoping the next one would be in the sea. #WebSummit
— Fintan O'Toolbox (@FintanOToolbox) September 23, 2015
— Patrick Hayes (@phayes86) September 23, 2015
— Patrick Cullivan (@paddycullivan) September 23, 2015
— Garvan Grant (@garvangrant) September 23, 2015
It gets worse: Rumours are rife that Garth Brooks has agreed to play the #websummit next year as part of his "I Thought It Was Just Me" tour
— Colm O'Regan (@colmoregan) September 23, 2015
They moved the Banjo Festival from Longford to Tullamore a few years back. It didn't survive. Tread carefully #WebSummit
— Conor Barrins (@ConorBarrins) September 23, 2015
Come back lads, we found the wiffy code. #websummit
— Mo Dalton (@stockysocks) September 23, 2015
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