Tickets now on sale!

You can now buy ONE DAY or WEEKEND passes for the Mayo Dark Sky Festival via our ticketing partners at Eventbrite With just over two months to go, we are regularly adding details about talks and other events, so keep checking back as talk titles are finalised - and we may even add a new event or two! We hope you agree that €20 for a one day pass and €30 for a weekend pass offers great value for money. Anyone wishing to attend just one or two events can pay the entry fee at the door (€7.50 per talk, with many free events) #news #2018

Fun at the cinema

We had a great turnout for our 'sneak preview' event in the W Cinema. We had so many responses with requests for seats that we had to move to a bigger screen! Special thanks to Derek Dempsey of Newport Astronomy Club for an excellent ‘Introduction to Astronomy’, and to Penny and all the wonderful staff at the cinema. #news #2018

Éanna Ní Lamhna for festival

We were thrilled and delighted when Éanna Ní Lahmna, renowned botanist and broadcaster, confirmed she would be speaking at our festival 2-4 November. Éanna will be talking about nocturnal animals. Some of these animals have adapted to be supremely able to manage - such as owls and bats who function much better in the dark. Some of these are out at night because it too dangerous for them during the day from us humans - animals such as foxes, badgers,deer, hedgehogs. Then there are those for whom the weather is more suitable at night - cooler and moister - so it’s just right for snails, slugs, earthworms and mosquitoes. It’s quieter at night so we hear corncrakes, snipe and nightjars, all bird

Festival Sneak Preview

On Saturday 18th August at 12 noon, Derek Dempsey, Chairman of Newport Astronomy Club, will be unlocking the night sky on the Silver Screen in Westport Cinema. Introducing newcomers to the basic concepts in astronomy, Derek will show you how to identify the starry constellations over a familiar Mayo landscape. In addition during this event: Festival Director, Fiona Hopkins, will be giving you a sneak preview of our fantastic NEW programme for Mayo Dark Sky Festival 2-4 November, We will feature a short film by Mayo Dark Skies on protecting the Night Sky. Plus, we will have news on how you can get involved in an exciting community project on Mayo's Night Sky Heritage (This project has been

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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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