Senior Times

Many thanks to George Keegan of Senior Times who attended our 2018 Festival after writing this piece for the Nov/Dec issue of the popular magazine #news #2018

Feedback Survey WINNER

Congratulations to DAVID BRANIGAN, who is the winner of a €50 voucher from Ktec Telescopes David’s name was selected at random from all those who completed our online feedback survey about the 2018 Mayo Dark Sky Festival Thanks to all who completed surveys, your feedback is much appreciated. Roll on 2019! #news #2018

Feedback Survey

Well, we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves last weekend and we hope that those of you who made it to our festival also had lots of fun! Each year we aim to deliver a world class festival, so your feedback is critical. We would really appreciate you taking the time to complete our feedback survey (link below and on home page). To encourage you to do so, we have teamed up once again with Ktec Telescopes, and will randomly select one winner from all surveys returned by 6pm Sunday 18th November, to win a €50 KTec Telescopes gift voucher, which can be used on their online store at To those of you who came along to support our 2018 festival – THANK YOU Regards, Fiona Hopkins, Geo

Festival photos

Photos of French Ambassador HE Stephane Crouzat on his visit to Ballycroy National Park Visitor Centre during the festival, and also some photos from the Gala Dinner in GN Mulranny Park Hotel (photographer Conor McKeown) #news #2018

Thank You

We had a blast! We hope you enjoyed our 2018 festival and will post lots of photos over the coming days. We have LOTS of ideas already for our 2019 festival - so do join our mailing list to find out more! Meanwhile, we just wanted to thank all our speakers, delegates, volunteers and sponsors for helping us to bring the 2018 festival to NEWPORT, MULRANNY and BALLYCROY #news #2018

Rocket Launch

Rocket Launch 2pm at Ballycroy Community Pitch... We are keeping a close eye on the weather conditions. As these rockets launch to about 200 feet, and require air traffic control clearance, they cannot be launched in high winds. Fingers crossed it stays calm! #news

Solar Walk

SOLAR WALK For anyone going to the Solar Walk today here are the directions to BELLACRAGHER BOAT CLUB... Follow N59 through Mulranny north towards Ballycroy, past the Claggan Mountain Boardwalk and take the LEFT turn 2km after the Boardwalk (signposted Dromgollagh) and follow the signs for Bellacragher Boat Club. ENJOY! #news

Weather Alert

We have an amazing weekend of events lined up for you at the Mayo Dark Sky Festival, but sadly the weather is not one of them! Your safety is our primary concern, and with yellow weather warnings for Atlantic coastal areas on FRIDAY, we have no choice but to CANCEL Friday evening's torchlit walk and stargazing session at Burrishoole Abbey. As an alternative, we will doing some FREE INDOOR STARGAZING (!) in Hotel Newport from 9:30pm with Newport Astronomy Club - everyone welcome #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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