Mayo Dark Sky Festival 2018 – 2nd-4th November

Three unique days of events celebrating pristine night skies in Mayo

Mayo Dark Sky Festival 2018

In many parts of Mayo the night sky is still experienced as pristine and unfiltered due to low levels of man-made lighting.  The Mayo Dark Sky Festival 2018 will take place  from November 2nd to 4th 2018. The towns of Newport, Mulranny and Ballycroy look forward to welcoming you back to Mayo for another great weekend of astronomy, science, culture, ecology and FUN!  Thanks to the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS), a FREE SHUTTLE SERVICE will run between the festival venues over the weekend of the festival.

Locations: Newport, Mulranny, Ballycroy

The festival’s eclectic programme celebrates the natural nightscapes of Mayo with stargazing and observing sessions, cultural workshops, educational talks and activities for all the family to enjoy. Many events are free of charge.

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Speakers – Mayo Dark Sky Festival 2018

The Mayo Dark Sky Festival 2018 features a line-up of speakers from Ireland and abroad, who are highly regarded in their fields of expertise. Their words will help bring to life the magic of our natural dark skies and give an insight into how they are important from the point of view of science, culture and the environment.

The programme for this year’s festival is starting to come together nicely, and we have updated our festival website with details on the speakers confirmed so far.  They include…

– Astronomer Royal for Scotland (and semi-professional conjurer!) John Brown from Scotland

– Renowned scientific illustrator Pierre Carril from France

 – Lána Salmon of University College Dublin, responsible for ground to space communications on Ireland’s first satellite, Eirsat-1

 – Brian Espey of Trinity College Dublin, Associate Professor of Astrophysics and specialist in light pollution

 – Bella Boulderstone of the University of Southampton, currently working on active galactic nuclei

 – Tom Davies of Exeter University, who is especially interested in how human activities alter the structure and functioning of ecosystems.

– The latest speaker to be added to the programme is Éanna Ní Lamhna, renowned botanist and broadcaster, who will give a talk on Nocturnal Animals

Children’s Workshop

The GREAT EGG-DROP CHALLENGE! (Children will work in teams to design and build a device that can keep a raw egg intact when dropped from a height)

KTEC TELESCOPES will have a selection of telescopes and accessories on display at the festival and will be on hand to answer your questions

Booking and Tickets

You can now buy ONE DAY or WEEKEND passes for the Mayo Dark Sky Festival via Eventbrite:

€20 for a one day pass and €30 for a weekend pass offers great value for money!

Buy your tickets now

 Advance booking is highly recommended.

For more information email

CHILDREN UNDER 16 will be admitted FREE to all events.

About Mayo Dark Sky Park

Ireland’s first International Dark Sky Park is in Co. Mayo. It showcases some of the darkest, most pristine skies in the world. The Mayo Dark Sky Park is nestled between the Nephin Mountain Range and the Atlantic coastline and it extends across an area of 150km2. It encompasses both Ballycroy National Park and Wild Nephin Park.

On a clear night in Mayo, we can see over 4,500 stars, along with other planets in our solar system, The Milky Way and even meteor showers with the naked eye. The Mayo Dark Sky Park has committed to keeping the skies above its location naturally dark for present and future generations to enjoy these wonders of the night sky.

For more information about Mayo Dark Sky Park or Mayo Dark Sky Festival 2018 call 086 8595166 or email

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