Stargazers to descend on Kerry for Skellig Coast Dark Sky Festival

Stargazers to descend on Kerry for Skellig Coast Dark Sky Festival


Following a very successful inaugural festival in 2022, the Skellig Coast Dark Sky festival will take place again this weekend. With a fresh new line-up of events, there are events to suit every level of stargazer.

ne of the festival’s highlights this year will be the number of astrophotography events including an astrophotography exhibition trail across the Iveragh peninsula co-ordinated by the Astrophotography Club Ireland. 

Other events over the weekend will include multiple opportunities for guided stargazing across the Friday and Saturday nights, talks on astronomy-related folklore and history from Seán Mac an tSithigh and Paul Callenan, archaeology and rock art events, and child-friendly activities.

Exhibition photos have been curated by the Astrophotography Club Ireland and will be available to view at locations such as Cill Rialaig Arts Centre, The Blind Piper Caherdaniel, Goldens of Kells, and at Skellig Six 18 Distillery and Visitor Experience who have sponsored the festival. 

Festival coordinator Aoibheann Lambe said of this year’s evenets are now and exciting. 

“We are delighted to have such a focus on astrophotography at the festival this year; its an area of photography that is currently very popular.”

This years festival is being co-organised by the LIVE project and the Comhchoiste Ghaeltacht Uíbh Ráthaigh. The LIVE project has been co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund through its Ireland Wales Cooperation Programme.