Venue Change for Planetarium

Venue Change: StarDome, the fabulous portable planetarium from Blackrock Castle Observatory will be running 3 shows per day in MULRANNY AMENITY CENTRE (not Mulranny National School) on : Saturday 3rd Nov 12 noon | 12:30pm | 1pm Sunday 4th Nov 11am | 11:30am | 12 noon This is a free, non-ticketed event. Please arrive in good time to secure a place #news

FREE Shuttle Bus

Just like last year, National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) have generously funded a free shuttle bus to take festival goers from venue to venue. The timetable is designed to get people to most of the major events in each location (Newport, Mulranny and Ballycroy) Check out the timetable and start planning your hassle-free eco-friendly festival ! (Just click on the timetable for a downloadable pdf) #news

Duncan Stewart for the 2018 Festival

We were so delighted to hear that Duncan Stewart will be re-joining us for the 2018 festival. A passionate environmentalist, Duncan will once again bring his unique style to Mayo and help us to truly appreciate the amazing asset we have in our unpolluted skies - and he may even play a tune on his clarinet! Duncan will give the final talk in Mulranny NS at 2pm on Sunday 4 November - check the Programme page for all the details #news

Dee Kelleghan workshop

Artist and Astronomer Dee Kelleghan paid a visit to Newport National School during Space Week for an art workshop. The pupils learned all about the Apollo 11 moon landing and then they all produced pastel drawings of the iconic event The drawings will be exhibited in Hotel Newport during the Mayo Dark Sky Festival. #news

Tourism Ireland in Germany

Thanks to Tourism Ireland's German ezine features Mayo Dark Skies and the Dark Sky Festival ... https://media.ireland.com/de-de/news-releases/local/german/2018/e-zine-october-2018/astro-tourismus-viel-licht-in-irischer-nacht #news

Ktec Telescopes

Thanks to Stephen and the gang at Ktec Telescopes for the lovely mention on their website. Ktec will be on hand over the festival weekend displaying a huge range of telescopes, accessories and a wonderful display of meteorites. They're the best in the business, both knowledgeable and helpful, so do drop in if you have any questions about the right telescope or lens for your needs! #news

Opening Night

The 2018 festival opening will be a little different... The wonderful CODA will perform in St. Patricks Church Newport at 7pm on Friday 2nd November Coda are a Mayo based group of seven singers and musicians who have developed their own unique and richly-harmonised approach to vocal performance from diverse vocal and instrumental backgrounds, including folk, trad, blues, rock and pop music, uniquely complemented by their multi-part vocal harmony experience gained from classical choral music. Admission €5 (or FREE if you have a festival weekend pass!) #news

French Embassy

We are so pleased to be partnered with the French Embassy in bringing 'Chasseurs de Nuits' to the Mayo Dark Sky Festival. This exhibition will run throughout the festival weekend in Ballycroy National Park Visitor Centre and will be one of the highlights of our third festival. This 'sensory solar system (which premiered at the Nighscapades event in Lourdes France in April 2018), invites you to discover our solar system with your fingertips. From the Sun, through the lunar craters, the clouds of Jupiter and iconic rings of Saturn, all are revealed in a new, sensory way (the masks are optional!) French Embassy website link: click here #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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