Change to line-up

We wanted to let you know that there has been a change to the published programme for the festival. Due to a family illness, Eanna ni Lamhna is unable to travel and has had to cancel her appearance on Saturday afternoon in Mulranny. We wish Eanna and her family well, and look forward to welcoming her back to Mayo at a future date. In Eanna's place, we are pleased to announce a talk entitled 'Nocturnal biodiversity: an exploration of species of the Night' by Marina Mulligan of National Parks and Wildlife. A little bit about Marina... Marina Mulligan is a conservation biologist, currently working as Head Guide in Wild Nephin Ballycroy National Park. With a keen interest in environmental educ

Festival App

With 3 locations. 15 talks, 12 workshops, as well as walks, stargazing, opening night concert, gala dinner, telescope trade stands and exhibitions, we realise it can be challenging to decide just which events to enjoy at the Mayo Dark Sky Festival! To make life just a LITTLE bit simpler, we have teamed up with LINEUPR to bring you a smartphone app that puts all the relevant festival information (ie WHAT'S ON, WHERE and WHEN) at your fingertips (ie on your smartphone). You will also be able to filter events by eg location or type of event, so if, for example, you are in Newport on Saturday, you can view just events in that location on that day. This web app will work on all smartphones, via

Festival Opening performance by Systir

The newly formed vocal ensemble Systir (made up of the female members of Anuna) create a magical sound indeed - and we are thrilled that they will perform on the opening night of the MAYO DARK SKY FESTIVAL!

FREE Shuttle Bus

As in previous years, 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)

Symposium Web App

We are pleased to share a link for the Programme of the European Symposium below. This web app will work on all smartphones, via a URL. The app does not need to be installed and opens immediately and even works offline. Changes to the content or settings will be updated directly for all participants.

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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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