Dark Sky zones (i.e. those with very low or no light pollution) are very rare and unique in Ireland and across Europe.
Zones designated as achieving very low levels of light pollution usually align with areas of true tranquility and pure silence, where sounds of nature are crisply received by our hearing. Where, typically, these wild areas offer very clean healthy air and freshwater quality and are areas rich in native biodiversity, wildlife and the closest in Ireland we can get to a genuine wilderness!
Also, a place to observe the stars and the universe, a place to reach out across our skies at night, to observe and reflect on its endless time and space and its true mystery. A magic place for astronomers!
Mayo and Ballycroy National Park/Wild Nephin is a unique destination for attracting tourism. The undisturbed darkness that protects the circadian rhymes of wild species, conditions where humans had evolved over thousands of years and can rediscover this rare quality of true tranquility and serenity and peace.
* All talks €5 individually but there is a SPECIAL BUNDLE PRICE for Mulranny's Saturday talks - check the ticket website!
NOTE - Saturday talks in Mulranny will be hosted by Professor Brian Espey of Trinity College Dublin, who will moderate a panel discussion in Mulranny Church after Duncan's presentation with all of the day's speakers in attendance, giving you a chance to ask all your questions!