Boat in Dark Sky

    Upcoming Events

    07 October 2021
    International Observe the Moon Night is an annual world-wide public engagement event that encourages observation, appreciation, and understanding of our Moon and its connection to NASA planetary science and exploration. Everyone on Earth is invited to join the celebration whether observing at home or at an organised event.   Our team at W...
    07 October 2021
    Join us in Ballycroy for a self-guided looped walk especially for Space Week. Find out what makes our precious Peatland Ecosystems so similar to "Our Place in Space" and how protecting our local habitats will also help keep our world habitable. You can download this special booklet launched for Space Week 2021 Below:  File Name: SpaceWeek2021_...
    08 August 2021
    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 Dark-Sky.eventbrite.com Schedule of events:  Tuesday 5pm 17th August, 2021 Join OM Dar...
    08 August 2021
    We are sharing the Dark Sky LOVE and inviting new communities seeking dark sky status to join a special event on how to create a dark sky place.  With expertise from the International Dark-Sky Association, USA and Unihedron, Canada, this a blue-print for how to create a dark sky place in Ireland.  Registration is via a Zoom link below. &n...
    08 August 2021
    Join our guides for a Bat & Nature Walk as dusk falls, followed by introduction to the Night Sky over Mayo Dark Sky Park.  We can facilitate up to 15 people (maximum) per tour by prior booking only to   Weather permitting we will enjoy some stargazing and perhaps even a meteor or two for those stay...
    08 June 2021
    Free webinar on lighting for dark skies - Wednesday 16th June at 7pm We have been invited by Engineers Ireland to co-present this talk, together with Prof Brian Espey on Lighting for Dark Skies.  The talk is open to anyone but hosted by Engineers Ireland and appropriate to Engineers involved in lighting design and those who wish to l...
    29 March 2021
      International Dark Sky Week, which takes place from 5 - 12 April is, as its name suggests, a global affair, organised annually by the International Dark Sky Association.  On this global stage, Mayo is playing a leading role, with a series of events from astronomy to archaeology, wildlife to wellbeing.   Mayo Dark Sky Park will al...
    17 April 2020
    This annual week of events might be remarkably different for 2020 but nevertheless, it gives us all an opportunity to connect with our night skies, to consider the amazing habitat we have overhead and to reconnect with loved ones far away.  We have a series of virtual events planned in collaboration with the International Dark Sky Association and...
    27 September 2019
    To celebrate Space Week 2019 and mark International Observe the Moon Night, join us in Wild Nephin Ballycroy National Park Visitor Centre for an evening of moon gazing and storytelling under Mayo’s magical moonlight. All welcome. Booking Details: Entrance is free, no booking is required. Please RSVP to More information about...
    26 September 2019

    The programme for the 4th Mayo Dark Sky Festival has been launched. It promises to be a very exciting weekend with events for all the family. 

    For the full programme visit the Mayo Dark Sky Festival website 

    13 April 2018
    Don’t miss Natalie Marr’s talk next Wednesday 18th April. It is her first time in Ireland and we have invited Natalie from Scotland to present her work “Skies Above, Earth Below”, which explores the cultural values of Dark Sky Places. Natalie is an artist and researcher based at the University of Glasgow and works across sound, video, photography, and...
    06 August 2017
    Date :  24 August, 7:30pm - 8:30pm Venue :  Friends of Mayo Dark Skies - Mulranny Park Hotel  Admission :  Admission Free Booking :  Booking Required Contact :  ...
    06 August 2017
    Date :  Saturday 12th August at 11PM Venue :  Murrivaugh Beach Mulranny Meet :  Meet at Mulranny Golf Club Admission :  Free Description :  Mulranny Tourism in collaboration with Ballycroy National Park Guides and Newport Astronomy Club invite you to a free meteor shower watch on Murrivaugh Beach. Wear warm clothes and Bring a...
    19 June 2017

    Date : December 2017

    Venue : TBA

    Admission : €5 for non-members

    Contact : www.newportastronomyclub.com

    19 June 2017

    Date : November

    Venue : TBA

    Admission : €5 for non-members

    Contact : www.newportastronomyclub.com

    19 June 2017
    Date : October 27th-30th Venue :  Newport, Mulranny and Ballycroy Admission : €5 per talk with many free events Contact : www.mayodarkskyfestival.ie...
    19 June 2017

    Date : October

    Venue : TBA

    Admission : €5 for non-members

    Contact : www.newportastronomyclub.com

    19 June 2017

    Date : 22nd September

    Venue : TBA

    Admission : €5 for non-members

    Contact : www.newportastronomyclub.com

    19 June 2017
    Date : Tuesday June 20th Venue : 8pm - The Gráinne Uaile, Newport Admission : €5 for non-members Contact : www.newportastronomyclub.com...
    08 April 2017
     To celebrate International Dark Sky Week 2017 (22-28th April) there are lots of events planned in the Mayo Dark Sky Park area. Exciting events are taking place in Newport, Mulranny and Ballycroy throughout the week and hopefully we will see you there. FREE INTERNATIONAL DARK SKY WEEK EVENTS IN MAYO Title:  A Little Night Art – Pauline McSor...
    24 March 2017
    Date : Tuesday 28th March Venue : 8pm – Hotel NewportAdmission : €5 (free to members of Newport Astronomy Club)Contact : Newport Astronomy Club www.newportastronomyclub.com...
    24 March 2017
    Date : Saturday 25th March Venue : 3pm - Ballycroy National Park Visitor CentreAdmission : Free (prior booking required)Contact : ...
    28 February 2017
    Venue : The Grainne Uaile, NewportDate : Tuesday, February 28th 2017.Time : 8pm.Admission : €5 for non-members.Contact : Newport Astronomy Club www.newportastronomyclub.com...
    28 January 2017
    Venue : Ballycroy National Park Visitor Centre, BallycroyDate : 28 & 29th January 2017Time : 11am Admission : by prior reservationCost : €20 per person (covering lunch)Contact : Mayo Dark Skies ...
    24 January 2017
    Venue : The Grainne Uaile, NewportDate : Tuesday, January 24th 2017.Time : 8pm.Admission : €5 for non-membersContact : Newport Astronomy Club www.newportastronomyclub.com...

    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.

    CONTACT INFO

    Ballycroy National Park Visitor Centre,
    National Parks & Wildlife Service,
    Ballycroy Village,
    Co. Mayo

    +353 (0)98 49 888