Thanks to all our contributors…

I think it’s clear that you’ve all made me very happy. Even the beard is gone (the real one to follow tomorrow morning)! Eleven hundred means we can run and run early. We’ll kick off with a press analysis panel at the Institute of Governance at Queens next week – details to follow later today, or tomorrow. I’m really pleased, not simply with the amount we’ve raised, but also with notes from people locally and globally that give us some idea of how much you value Slugger! Don’t forget it’s not too late to put your own contribution, no matter how small!

Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty