Draft of timetable for DarkSkies event May 24th/26th


Friday 24th May 20.00 Welcome and Outline of Weekend.

20.00 – 22.00 Refreshments- local foods Canapés/ Sandwiches

22.00 – 22.30 Introduction to the Night Sky

22.30 – 00.00 Sky walk 1: Night time walk on Oileán Chléire

Saturday 25th May 10:00 – 13:00 Meet Cape History Walks. (Irish and English) — Dome Running in halla. (Irish and English) – (Niall) Birdwatching/ Ecology introduction – Fastnet trip

14.00 – 14.30 Refreshments – Biscuits and Tea or Coffee in Halla

14.30 – 18.00 Leachtaí (20/30 mins each max) (Sample lectures) – Brief Astronomical History – What is a star? 16.30 – 17.00 – Sos –Refreshments – Gaeilge agus an Spéir- Filíocht agus Scealtaí? – The Planets/ The Moon.

22-00 – 23-00 ISS and satellites (Halla)

23.00 – 01.00 ISS Flyover sighting (11.37) Sky Walk 2 – Night time walk on Cape Clare

01.00 – 02.00 Guided night photography

Sunday 26th May 10.00 – 12.00 Sky dome.

12.00 – 13.00 Final talk and finish.

(Option of Fastnet Trip)


A guide to booking your tickets for the CAPE CLEAR DARK SKIES EVENT, MAY 24 – 26TH,

A quick guide for you.

Click the Eventbrite  link to the Eventbrite page. (https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/cape-clear-dark-skies-tickets-61111372761?aff=ebdshpsearchautocomplete)

Once you see the main Deireadh Seachtaine na Spéire Dorchadh page then click “Tickets”

Select the amount of tickets that you wish to buy and click “Checkout”

Fill in your name, email, payment details and billing address and click “Pay Now”

That’s it! You are now booked!

Check your email for confirmation of the booking and don’t forget to print your tickets!

Looking forward to seeing you!

Where to stay when you come to Cape Clear for the DarkSkies event, May 24-26th

A guide to the accommodation on Cape Clear Island

Bord Fáilte approved B&B

Cape Clear B&B Ard na Gaoithe ardnagaoithe@hotmail.com – 028 39160, https://www.capeclearbandb.ie/

Ciarán O Drisceoil – 028 39153

Other B&B
Tír na nÓg – Michael O’Driscoll 028 39118

Concubhar O Donnchú 028 39123 Mobile:087 9714374

Eleanór Uí Drisceoil  0861640936
Email: eleanorcc@hotmail.com.
(B&B or Self Catering:   3 bedrooms: two with double and single bed, one with
double….three showers/ toilet. Dining / sitting room.)

Self-catering houses
Martin O’Driscoll – 028 41970 Mobile: 086 8547912

Ciarán O Drisceoil – 028 39153

Finín O’Driscoll – 086 8294522

Seán Cadogan – 028 39129 / 086 1904884

Bríd Mary Ní Ghríofa, 028 39199 or 086 0890328
Email: bridnighriofa@hotmail.com

Self Catering Apartments
2 x 4 Bed, 1 x 2 Bed, long or short term.
Neil – 087 6563838
Email: neil@capeclearholidays.com

One bedroom apartment
Bríd Mary Ní Ghríofa, 028 39199 or 086 0890328
Email: bridnighriofa@hotmail.com

Hostel Style AccommodationCape Clear Holiday Hostel – Bord Fáilte approved
Venue for two Storytelling Sessions
Private Rooms and Dorms – next to beach
Tel: 00353(0)028 41968.
Web site:  www.capeclearhostel.ie

Éirí na Gréine, Hostel type accommodation
Tel: 0868322855 / 02839119
Email: ccteo@iol.ie


Washroom facilities on site, ladies and gents toilets, showers etc.

Furnished Yurts and Tipis available for up to 6 people.

General and further information about Cape Clear Island may be found at http://www.oilean-chleire.ie

What is Dark Skies?

Dark skies are sites around the world dedicated to stargazing. These sites are unique because in today’s world of near constant artificial brightness they are nearly devoid of light at night and are perfect for using your eyes to view the stars and constellations.

These sites are very rare and there are only 22 officially recognised dark skies sites internationally by the IDA. (https://www.darksky.org/) Most of these sites are incredibly remote and far away from towns, cities and roads. They are usually wildlife reserves and parks, often having wonderful views and masses of space available to view it from. p://mayodarkskypark.ie/
In most cities and towns today, if you look up at night you will usually just see black with little definition or contrast.

Dark skies aims to give us opportunities to view the night skies with our own eyes by conserving parks and rural areas from becoming too oversaturated with artificial light. https://www.darksky.org/our-work/conservation/idsp/communities/ Along with this they commonly provide guided tours, giving people knowledge and appreciation for the beauty above our heads and helping people understand the need to conserve this resource and beauty.

By Aaron Faulkner