Mayo Dark Sky Champion Training

    We have a really exciting programme organised for the 2023 Dark Sky Champion training course for our tourism and hospitality businesses in County Mayo. Two guest speakers have kindly agreed to join us and we will host workshops in Westport and in Ballycroy (approx 2 hours per event, repeated in both locations).

    • Duncan Wise of Northumberland Dark Sky Park - Duncan will present a talk on his work as Dark Skies Lead officer and the success of dark sky tourism in the Northumberland area. This is estimated to be worth approximately £25m to the local economy annually. Duncan has led many of the initiatives for developing dark sky tourism and will bring some of his insights and ideas to his talk as part of the training.
    • Dr Tony Johnston of TUS Midlands Midwest - Tony will present his work on a new European project specifically focused on Dark Sky Ecotourism with the aim of providing guides and education for tourism business and building a suite of tools and resources for areas seeking to promote sustainable dark sky tourism.

    To register for this free course, please complete the application form in this link. We will ask all participants to commit to one action for dark skies as a result of Mayo and, as places are limited, we ask that you do not reserve places unless you can confirm attendance. We would like to thank Fáilte Ireland for their support in hosting this event. 

    For more information, contact

    Georgia MacMillan
    Mayo Dark Sky Park Development Officer

    Tel: 086 859 5166
    IRC Employment Based PhD Scholar in partnership with NPWS and University of Galway

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    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