Mayo Dark Sky Road Show 2022
‘Each evening at 8pm, a different community will host an event celebrating one of the facets of our dark sky story. We start on Friday 22nd in Ballycroy Visitor Centre, Wild Nephin National Park (Mayo Dark Sky Park) with a talk by Brendan Owens, Astronomer Emeritus for Royal Observatory Greenwich who will give us a Starry Sky Tour over 3 consecutive evenings, bringing his talk to Inishturk on 23rd April and Erris Coast, Geesala on 24th April.
‘On Monday 25th April, we move to our first urban event at Lough Lannagh in Castlebar for “Urban Dark Skies & Biodiversity”. The roadshow then moves to Achill Island on Tuesday for “Soilse Spéire Acla” (Lights of an Achill Sky), organised by VTOS Achill tourism students, where we will enjoy a walk along the deserted village whilst learning the values of a natural night sky.
We continue a walking theme in the beautiful grounds of Westport House Estate on Wednesday 27th with a dusk watch and nature walk with guides from Wild Nephin National Park as darkness draws in.
Our programme returns to the stars on Thursday at Mulranny Arts Centre with a talk by Newport astronomy Club’s Derek Dempsey for beginners “An Introduction to Astronomy” and we island-hop again on Friday 29th as the road show takes us to Clare Island for a Sunset Walk, Yoga and Storytelling evening.
International Dark Sky Week returns to Newport, gateway to the Mayo Dark Sky Park for the final event which moves our Road show into space for a “Tour of our Solar System” by Derek Dempsey.