Newport Lighting Project - Open Evening

    Newport Lighting project

     Biodiversity Week 13-22nd May

    Monday 16th May
    Join us in Newport for an Open Evening to launch the next phase of the community Lighting Project for the town. The Friends of Mayo Dark Skies obtained support from The Heritage Council, and a new pilot test for lighting begins in Newport with expert lighting designer Kerem Asfuroglu.
    Community members are invited to ask questions and see the plans at the Open evening. We will be working late into the night with audits and lighting demonstrations, so do call by for a chat if you are in town.
    Venue: Hotel Newport
    Time: 7pm to 7.30pm

    Tuesday 17th May
    Discover the Dawn with the team of Wild Nephin National Park. This event is part of the "Half the Park is After Dark" series and walks a 5km loop in towards the dawn at Letterkeen. The route is on rough and uneven surfaces, so please bring appropriate footwear and clothing.
    For more information on this event, please phone 098 49888 or email
    Venue: Letterkeen Bothy, Wild Nephin National Park
    Time: 5 AM (YES, 5AM!)

    There are many more events taking place for Biodiversity week at Wild Nephin National Park - contact 098 49888 or email for more info.

    LUNAR Eclipse - 4am Mon 16th May
    Also - if you are lucky enough to have a clear weather forecast OVERNIGHT (early hours of 16th), do try and check out the Total Lunar Eclipse!
    With information kindly provided by Astronomer Terry Moseley:
    More than half of this eclipse is visible from Ireland. The further West and South you are, the better the view, as the Moon sets later there. The penumbral phase, which is barely noticeable, starts at 02.30; the Moon enters the umbra at 03.27, and totality starts at 04.28. Mid eclipse occurs at 05.11am.

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    International Dark Sky Week 2022

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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