What a Weekend!

Thanks to EVERYONE who helped make this such a special weekend! We've been so busy with all the events and meeting everyone, but we will post lots of photos later. In the meantime check out the facebook page. While the formal events are over, we do have some fringe events today - check out the 'Festival Fringe' page

Saturday Stargazing cancelled

As weather conditions show no sign of improving, we will cancel tonight's stargazing session at Burrishoole Abbey If weather improves tomorrow we will reschedule for then - keep an eye on this website and our facebook page #news

Free Shuttle Bus service

FREE SHUTTLE BUS SERVICE for Mayo Dark Sky Festival... Thanks to National Parks and Wildlife Service we are able to offer a FREE SHUTTLE BUS between the Dark Sky Festival towns of Newport, Mulranny and Ballycroy. Click here for the downloadable pdf

Online booking for events now CLOSED

Online booking for all talks and workshops closed at 9pm this evening. It will still be possible to attend most talks in Newport, Mulranny and Ballycroy as we did not make all seats available online, so come along to any talks you wish to attend and we will do our very best to accommodate you! The exception is the Gala Dinner for which we simply cannot accept bookings at the door as we have to give final numbers to the hotel on Friday morning, so we are keeping that event open for booking on Eventbrite until MIDNIGHT TONIGHT. #news

Online booking closes TOMORROW

For those of you still considering your options, we would strongly recommend that you pre-book your tickets before travelling to the festival. Online booking will close TOMORROW EVENING THURSDAY 26th OCTOBER at 9pm Booking online means you can … Pay for your tickets by credit card – we have no mechanism for handling credit or debit card sales at the venues Guarantee your place at events with limited capacity (some events already fully booked out) Book tickets for multiple venues. The ticket desks at Newport, Mulranny and Ballycroy will only be selling tickets for events at those venues (so for example you will only be able to purchase tickets for Newport events in Hotel Newport etc.) Don’t

Model Rocket Workshop

One of the highlights of last year's festival was the parent and child model rocket workshop by Eric Stenzel of the Irish Rocketry Society - so much so that we had to invite him back again this year! This year's workshop takes place in Ballycroy Community Centre. For just €20 (this cover both adult and child) you will learn how rockets work, and together will build a model rocket that will then be launched at 2pm at the nearby community pitch. #Family

Project Possum winners

Norah Patten brought the winning designs from the recent Project Possum Mission Patch design competition all the way to Florida! Well done to - Annie Fergus of Killocraun N.S. Castlehill, Ballina - Anna Knaf of St. Oliver Plunkett N.S. The Quay, Ballina Both schools will get to enjoy a Planet Zebunar workshop delivered by Norah herself. Thanks to everyone who entered! #Speakers #news


We had a fantastic 278 entries from primary schools all over Mayo to our Art Competition, which was organised in partnership with Dr. Norah Patten. Pupils were asked to design a mission patch for Norah's upcoming Project PoSSUM Scientist-Astronaut Program. As well as having their design made into an official mission patch, the winning child's entire class will be treated to a free Planet Zebunar Workshop by Dr. Norah Patten! We now have our shortlist which Norah herself is viewing this weekend. The winning child and school will be announced TOMORROW Monday, so WATCH THIS SPACE! #Competition #news

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Derek Dempsey of Newport Astronomy Club, talking about the club and the Mayo Dark Sky Festival

18 August 2018

Georgia MacMillan of Friends of Mayo Dark Skies, talking about Mayo Dark Sky Park and the impact of light pollution

18 August 2018

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