Astronomy and Space In Ireland

2 years 10 months ago #106438 by DuncanLunan01
Astronomy and Space In Ireland was created by DuncanLunan01
Hi

My wife and I are coming on holiday to Eire in April and would like to meet up with people from the Astronomy and Space world.

We will be staying in Clonakilty, Co Cork from 15th April to the 22nd April.

On the longer term we are aiming to move back to Eire on a permanent basis.

If you want to know more about us please take a look at our websites:

Duncan:

www.duncanlunan.com
www.childrenfromthesky.co.uk
www.actascio.org

Linda

www.anluchtlonrach.net

Hope to hear from you soon.

Thanks for taking time to read this.

Regards,

Duncan and Linda

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2 years 10 months ago #106439 by Mike
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Hello Duncan
This is fantastic news, I really hope you enjoy your stay. I actually had the pleasure of meeting yourself and Mr. John Braithwaite a number of years ago, a great experience for me indeed. I admire the enormous amount of valuable work in astronomy you guys do. Perhaps you could sign a copy of your book for me sometime; “Man and the Stars”, great read by the way.
There is astronomy clubs in that area of the country, the Cork and Kerry astronomy clubs spring to mind…
corkastronomyclub.com/
And the Kerry Astronomy club
www.kerryastronomyclub.com/
There is also Blackrock Castle Observatory in Cork, well worth a visit indeed
www.bco.ie/

I am sure that other members here on the forum from that region will offer a lot more information Duncan, I am based in the north-east.

All the very best and clear skies

Mike

I83 Cherryvalley Observatory

After one look at this planet any visitor from outer space would say; "I WANT TO SEE THE MANAGER".

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2 years 10 months ago #106440 by DuncanLunan01
Replied by DuncanLunan01 on topic Astronomy and Space In Ireland
Hi Mike,

Thanks for getting back to me. I made two or three trips to Ireland with John Braithwaite, just to keep him company, on one of which we had a tour of Armagh Observatory. At that time I was involved with ASTRA, which was running Airdrie Observatory, and we had a number of exchange visits between the two, in one of which I lectured at Queen’s College, and another in which we staged a rocketry weekend for the Observatory.

Things move on and I’m now running a different charity, ACTA SCIO, under whose auspices my wife and I run the Astronomers of the Future Club in Troon, I’m editing the new magazine Space and Scotland, and I’ll be recreating the stone circle which I built with John Braithwaite, which is being moved to make way for redevelopment in the area. Sadly John won’t be with me on that – I don’t know if you know, but he died suddenly of liver cancer in 2012, leaving a great many projects unfinished.

Linda and I feel it’s time to move on and since she’s Irish, she would like to come back. Our trip to Clonakilty in April is for our anniversary but also very much a fact-finding exercise about moving over. We’ll be spending a day in Drogheda on the way there and another on the way back. Are you anywhere within reach and is there a chance of meeting up? I could sign that book (and bring the newest one – I’m up to 9 so far!)

Best wishes,
Duncan.

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2 years 10 months ago #106441 by Mike
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Yes, I remember Duncan you posted here on this forum the untimely demise of John, he was one amazing individual and a gentleman, very sad and shocked to hear the news at the time.

Drogheda is not far from me Duncan, about an hour, so it would be great to meet up in person.

Regards
Mike

I83 Cherryvalley Observatory

After one look at this planet any visitor from outer space would say; "I WANT TO SEE THE MANAGER".

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2 years 10 months ago #106442 by DuncanLunan01
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Hi Mike,

We could meet either during the day or in the evening.

We arrive on the 13th April so we could meet up on the 14th.

Best wishes

Duncan

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2 years 10 months ago #106454 by eansbro
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Hello Duncan,

Long time no hear! Hope you're both keeping well.
I often think about John Braithwaite RIP since his passing in 2012
Great to hear you'll be relocating to Ireland..

I would love to meet up with you and Linda.
Although I live in the north west I could travel
and meet Mike and yourselves in the east of the country.

May be Mike and yourself could arrange a venue.

Best wishes

Eamonn.

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2 years 10 months ago #106455 by DuncanLunan01
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Hi Eamonn,

Great to hear from you.

Yes let us keep in touch and we will get something arranged.

You and Mike can send me an e-mail on - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so that would allow us direct communications to firm up details.

Best regards,

Duncan

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