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Irish Astronomy Trail was created by pdempsey

New website linking the publicly funded and accessible astronomical sites in Ireland: www.astronomytrail.ie. Not yet formally launched, so any feedback would be great for last minute changes.
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Replied by Pat_Dunne on topic Re: Irish Astronomy Trail

The Inisowen Maritime Museum and Planetarium near Greencastle Co.Donegal, might be worth a mention. Is there also one in Schull, West Cork that operates during the summer months?
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Replied by wbean on topic Re: Irish Astronomy Trail

Hey pdempsey,
Thanks for the share!

There is indeed a small observatory in Schull. I think it's
the on in the community college that you're thinking of. Nice
big schmit-cas in there. From memory I think it's an old celestron.



They also have an amazing planetarium in the school.
www.schullcommunitycollege.com/planetarium.html

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Replied by wbean on topic Re: Irish Astronomy Trail

And here is a photo of the 16" Celestron SCT in the Schull Community College observatory.



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Replied by dave_lillis on topic Re: Irish Astronomy Trail

I'd wouldnt mind seeing that planetarium and observatory, its a pity its so out of the way...
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Replied by pdempsey on topic Re: Irish Astronomy Trail

Thanks. I'll pass on Inisowen Maritime Museum and Planetarium and Schull to the project managers. Is Schull still running. The website's last events are in 2010.
There's also a facebook page www.facebook.com/IrishAstronomyTrail and twitter feed @IrishAstroTrail.
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Replied by pdempsey on topic Re: Irish Astronomy Trail

The website is going to be officially launched by Minister Joan Burton at 1800 on Friday Nov 23rd in Dunsink Observatory. The event is now ticketed open to all but please register on Facebook (i.e. click on Going) if you'd like to attend: www.facebook.com/events/437917476257515/
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Replied by mjs on topic Re: Irish Astronomy Trail

That is a nice site, well done. Perhaps there could be a section for the other ancient monuments that have astronomical alignments, like Drumbeg near Schull/Glandore, and all the others around the country, (not just the fee charging ones B)) Our clubs visit there in 2005, www.kerryastronomyclub.com/schull0605.htm

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Replied by pdempsey on topic Re: Irish Astronomy Trail

Due to demand the launch is going to be ticketed, with 6 places (at the moment) set aside for IFAS members (this number excludes the Duns1nk Open Night volunteers who tend to be IFAS members too!). Please pm me if you would like to attend.

We will be adding a link to/section about IFAS after the launch. Some of the sites mentioned in this thread may be added if a representative of the organisation ( and who will be responsible for maintaining the content related to the site) contacts me.
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Replied by Pat_Dunne on topic Re: Irish Astronomy Trail

I attended the launch at of the Irish Astronomy Trail at Dunsink on Friday night and I would like to wish all concerned every success.

An added bonus was getting some time on the South Telescope, the views of Jupiter were wonderful.

A big thanks to everyone for a very enjoyable evening.


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Replied by DeirdreKelleghan on topic Re: Irish Astronomy Trail

Thanks Pat I was just about to post about it , I represented IFAS at the event on Friday evening.

Here are the details about this very interesting initiative.

Launching the Irish Astronomy Trail this evening (Friday, 23 November 2012), Minister Joan Burton said: “The Irish Astronomy Trail links all the main astronomical sites on the island of Ireland. It also forms part of a broader European initiative to develop a European ‘Route of Observatories’. It will for the first time provide an integrated platform to explore Ireland’s rich astronomical heritage. The online trail will link every location around Ireland involved with astronomy including heritage sites, centres of outreach and research, and upcoming astronomy events through a convenient and easy to navigate web portal. The portal will provide a resource both for cultural tourists who want to explore Ireland’s rich astronomical heritage and for Irish residents with an interest in astronomy. I wish all involved with the project every success”

Minister Burton encouraged people, in particular, parents with children to avail of the special evenings that Dunsink Observatory holds from time to time at which they can learn more about astronomy and space. The Minister said: “I would encourage them to avail of these fascinating events. They provide a real opportunity for parents and children to explore the night sky and hear first-hand an astronomer explain the reason for those spectacular streaks of light of meteors or shooting stars.”

The Irish Astronomy Trail was proposed by Professor Luke Drury, Director of the School of Cosmic Physics in the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, and was inspired by the French “Route des Observatoires” and will be integrated into European astronomical heritage and outreach projects.

Speaking at the launch of the Irish Astronomy Trail Professor Luke Drury said:
“Astronomy is the oldest of the natural sciences and perhaps the one with the greatest popular appeal. Everyone is interested in the origin of the universe, the nature of the stars, and in exploring the wonders of the sky. The trail will not only allow people to explore this aspect of our cultural heritage, but also allow them to engage with current on-going research. An increased public appreciation of science is vital and we hope that the trail will also lead to this.”

Also present at the launch was Prof. Clive Ruggles, Director of UNESCO's Astronomy and World Heritage Web Portal Project. He stated that:
"Ireland has a rich astronomical heritage, ranging from Newgrange passage tomb and a range of lesser known astronomically connected sites from later prehistory, to observatories that occupy a key place in the development of modern astronomy such as Dunsink, Armagh and Birr Castle. The Irish Astronomical Trail will heighten people's awareness of these treasures and will, I hope, help to ensure that they are preserved for future generations as a vital part of Ireland's outstanding cultural and natural heritage."


The Irish Astronomy Trail is part of Dublin City of Science 2012 and aims to be an element of the living legacy of ESOF2012. The Curator of Dublin City of Science 2012, Vincent McCarthy, said:
“Dublin City of Science 2012 is delighted to be supporting the Irish Astronomy Trail as it connects people with our scientific cultural heritage and opens up the exploration of the universe to all of us“

The project is also supported by Ingenious Ireland, the Irish Federation of Astronomical Societies, and Dark Sky Ireland.
The Irish Astronomy Trail can be accessed online at Irish Astronomy Trail

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