Mayo Dark Sky Park

    Get Involved

    We work closely with our community groups surrounding the Dark Sky Park and encourage local involvement. The Friends of Mayo Dark Skies is a group of volunteers who have become ambassadors for the Mayo Dark Sky Park.

    They are a community voice on the Dark Sky project and work with Mayo County Council and other authorities to raise awareness of light pollution and help develop the Dark Skies concept for everyone to enjoy.

    Projects such as Citizen Scientist Light Pollution Monitoring and The Dark Sky Ambassador Programme are organised through the Friends of Mayo Dark Skies.

    Friends of Mayo Dark Skies

    Friends of Mayo Dark Skies organised astronomers from Blackrock Castle Observatory to deliver an introductory stargazing course for members of our Dark Sky Ambassador programme. Minister of State for Regional Economic Development Michael Ring stopped by to show his continued support for Mayo Dark Sky Park.

    The Dark Sky Ambassador Programme provides training for local trade and customer service staff who may interact with visitors to the Mayo Dark Sky Park.

    Training covers a basic introduction to Stargazing and the work of the International Dark Sky Association as well as resources and activities that may enhance a visitor’s experience to the Dark Sky Park.

    The Dark Sky Ambassador Programme is a certified course and is designed to help local people learn about the objectives and goals of a Dark Sky Park and how they can contribute to raising awareness of light pollution.

    If you wish to get involved in any of the community projects; please contact

    Welcome to Mayo Dark Sky Park. Mayo is now home to Ireland’s first International Dark Sky Park, showcasing some of the darkest, most pristine skies in the world.

    Where the darkest skies reveal the brightest stars.


    Wild Nephin National Park,
    Ballycroy Visitor Centre,
    National Parks & Wildlife Service,
    Ballycroy Village,
    Co. Mayo
    +353 (0)98 49 888