Summertime Events in the National Park

    For Dark Sky Events:

    The best time to go stargazing in Ireland is in the darker months (i.e. outside of peak summer season!).  Our organised events usually take place from late summer until late springtime. 

    Heritage Week 12-20th August. 

    During Heritage week there will be plenty to do at Wild Nephin National Park and after dark, you can join astronomers in Mulranny 12/13 August for the Perseid Meteor Shower.  Or a night walk in Letterkeen on 13 August.  

    Contact: for more info


    We will also be running an AUTUMN PROGRAMME of events. Further details to be released later in the year but an overview of different events is listed below.

    Women in Dark Skies (online web series).

    This will resume again late September with international speakers.  Check out our channel for past speakers.  

    Culture Night – September 22nd

    Event at Ballycroy Visitor Centre – details to be confirmed

    Dark Sky Ambassador Training - September 28th

    For community volunteers in Mayo - we have a brand new course on 28th September in Mulranny. Join our mailing list to receive information on this but hold the day! We have expert speakers coming to Mayo for this event, which will run from approximately 10am to 4pm. 

    Space Week October 4th-10th

    Stargazing and dark sky themed events

    Mayo Dark Sky Festival November 3th-5th

    See and

    Mayo Dark Sky Park

    Weekly Dark Sky walks from November – 

    more details to follow 

    Heritage Week Events for Dark Skies
    Keeping our dark skies free from Light Pollution

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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