Mayo Dark Sky Festival – Theme: Our Natural Environment

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Join Professor Kevin Gaston, University of Exeter, to hear about his work on the environmental consequences of light pollution. Kevin is also a board member of the International Dark Sky Association and has recently co-authored (with Dr Alejandro Sanchez de Miguel) this Annual Environmental Review paper reviewing the impact light pollution has on people, wildlife and the night sky. Don’t miss his talk in Mulranny on Saturday 5th November. 

In the past, our ancestors used the night sky to navigate across the seas, Dr Karen Weekes will tell us about her amazing voyage to row SOLO across the Atlantic and the wonders of viewing a truly dark night sky in the middle of the ocean. 

Check out Karen’s work on (One Woman, One rowboat, 3,000 miles!) and join her in Mulranny Arts Centre on Saturday 5th. Why not make your own Atlantic adventure by taking a Seashore Safari to explore the marine habitats at Mulranny Beach and learn about the creatures that live there with our guide Conor Ryan (weather permitting).

Delving further underwater will be the inimitable Éanna ní Lamhna, broadcaster and botanist. Éanna will speak passionately about Marine Life in her talk “Blinded by the Light” on Saturday in Mulranny Arts Centre. 

For guided nature walks of Wild Nephin National Park, catch head guide Michael Chambers at Ballycroy Visitor Centre on Saturday and Sunday. Habitat Restoration is a key theme in the discussions presented by Colin Guilfoyle on Sunday in Mulranny Arts Centre. Colin is currently undertaking a PhD on the potential for ecological restoration in Wild Nephin National Park (the terrestrial site of Mayo Dark Sky Park).

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