National Astronomy Week Ireland?

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I made this suggestion to the IFAS private board and now posting here to the general audience for more feedback on a possible all Ireland Astronomy event, for anyone who knows me I was involved in Galway Astronomy Club for many years, but these opinions here are my own.
I understand the world is a different place right now but maybe in 2022/23 when club events return, we as a group could help organize a National Astronomy Week. This type of event has been run in the UK for many years and could lay the framework for a future goal of IFAS. To start I would envisage that over a chosen week all astronomy clubs organize a public meeting/workshop as well as an observing evening.

Maybe other outreach establishments like Dunsink and Blackrock could be asked to get involved. There is a great catchment of clubs around the country. A few ideas I had was to split the island up into regional sections with one coordinator responsible for communication with all the IFAS clubs and some of the smaller clubs that have popped up recently. Maybe call it “Astronomy Week” or “Irish Astronomy Week”.

There is a huge amount of scope for a free 5-day event with online events from daily zoom talks, live observing, public tours to places of Astronomical history/private observatories/Megalithic tombs, club talks, workshops, exhibitions, Dark Sky Parks etc.



OM dark sky park
Greencastle Planetarium
Armagh Planetarium
Armagh Observatory


Galway AC
NUI Galway Astrosoc
NUIG Imbush Observatory
Connemara AC
Newport AC
Louisburg AC
Mayo Dark sky Park
John Birmingham House and Museum


Limerick AC
Lough Gur Dark sky Project


Cork AC
Kerry AC
Crawford Observatory
National Space Centre
Cobh Astronomy Club
Blackrock Castle
Schull Planetarium


Youghal AC
Wexford Astronomy Club
Carlow Astronomy Club


Midlands AC
Leitrim AC
Clonkill Observatory
Birr Castle

Irish AS
Dunsink Observatory
KTEC Telescopes
Big Bear Planetarium
Images of Starlight exhibition


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Replied by Seanie_Morris on topic National Astronomy Week Ireland?

I've wondered about why this wasn't done before, as there is Science Week, Space Week, now Maths Week, and I'll bet there's more as well - all here in Ireland.

When International Year of Astronomy took place in 2009, it was a great opportunity to bring space and astronomy to the forefront. I think Science Week really grew legs from that year onwards. SW has the benefit of being driven by Discover
Science and Engineering, and Science Foundation Ireland, so it does get some government funding.

I think Blackrock Castle Observatory drives Space Week. I don't know where/if they get funding for that.

Astronomy is the only STEM-type subject that for the most part relies solely on the weather to really bear fruit for its events, daytime and night. It's for that reason why I think there is no national week for astronomy in Ireland.

I believe in your proposal Ronan, but as you point out, it is one that takes a decent amount of commitment from a core of
individuals (not just one) to bring about the wider co-ordination of an NAW. You can include me in any such endeavour!

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Midlands Astronomy Club.
Radio Presenter (Midlands 103), Space Enthusiast, Astronomy Outreach Co-ordinator.
Former IFAS Chairperson and Secretary.
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