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  • Writer's picturePippa Hackett

Dark Skies for Offaly: Valuing and protecting our night skies

Updated: May 11

Graphic with text and photo of night sky, photo of Minister Hackett and the Green Party logo. Text says 'Dark Skies of Offaly' Valuing and protecting our night skies

In celebration of National Biodiversity Week 2024, I am delighted to invite you to ‘Dark Skies of Offaly’, on the evening of Friday 17th May.

This event will focus on the magnificent resource which is our Dark Skies.

This is an opportunity to learn more about the importance of Dark Skies for biodiversity, the potential for ecotourism across Offaly and to explore ways we can protect and preserve this precious resource.

I look forward to hearing from those who are experts in their field, including Georgia MacMillan, development officer for Dark Sky Park Mayo and DarkSky advocate and Dr Peter Gallagher, Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics and Chairperson of Birr Scientific and Heritage Foundation.

The event will take place in Birr visitor centre on Friday May 17th from 7.30 to 9.30 - refreshments served from 7.30 pm. While free and open to all, registration in advance is essential.

Secure your place at eventbrite or to find out more email

Weather dependent, we hope to include an opportunity to view the night sky after the event.


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