An Island of Dark Skies - Heritage Week Special Events

    We are connecting the three official dark sky places on the island of Ireland with 3 special live online events for teachers, educators and anyone with an interest in astronomy, archaeology or dark skies.

    These events are all free to attend and available via

    Schedule of events: 

    Tuesday 5pm 17th August, 2021 Join OM Dark Sky Park in Northern Ireland for a special online talk on using a telescope and how to observe the Night Sky.
    Wednesday 5pm 18th August , 2021 Join Mayo International Dark Sky Park and invited guest Dr Frank Prendergast who will discuss ArchaeoAstronomy on Achill and our night sky as our ancestors would have viewed it.
    Thursday 5pm 19th August , 2021Kerry International Dark Sky Reserve for a workshop in astrophotography and a beginners guide to take photographs of the night sky

    Supported by

    Science Foundation Ireland

    Discover Primary Science & Maths

    ESERO Ireland

    Citizen Science - Mayo Dark Skies Campaign 2021
    Dark Sky Accreditation Webinar

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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