Mayo Dark Sky Festival - It’s time to see Mayo in a New Light

    The stars are aligned for astronomers, astro-photographers, astro-physicists, stargazers and rocket makers to visit Newport, County Mayo over the Bank holiday weekend 28-30th October. The town is set to host the first ever Mayo Dark Sky Festival and promises to be a weekend of discovery and enlightenment for everyone.

    Mayo is now internationally recognised as one of the best places in the world to view the wonders of the night, following a gold tier accreditation from the International Dark-sky Association earlier this year.

    The Mayo Dark Sky Festival programme ‘Our Place in the Cosmos,’ features many highly regarded expert speakers in the fields of space, astronomy and science as well as nighttime observations in nearby Mayo Dark Sky Park. In addition to events for the serious astronomer, the organisers have designed a family friendly schedule to include a mobile planetarium, rocket-making workshops and evening stargazing sessions at Burrishoole Abbey.

    Veteran journalist and broadcaster Leo Enright will officially open the festival on Friday evening, 28th October.

    For more information see Mayo Dark Sky Festival.

    Astro-photography Workshop by Brian Wilson
    An Taisce features Dark Sky Research

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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