Mayo Dark Sky Festival

"Our Place in the Cosmos"


July 2016


Ireland’s First Ever Dark Sky Festival!!

photoOn the 5th of May 2016 the Ballycroy/Wild Nephin National Park in North-West Mayo became Ireland’s first Gold Tier International Dark Sky Park as recognised by the International Dark Sky Association.

The Dark skies of the Nephin Wilderness in County Mayo are nationally recognized. Our darkness not only adds to the aesthetic qualities of the wilderness, but is important to the health of our wildlife. As most of the country is dealing daily with the effects of light pollution, the Dark Sky Festival aims to educate visitors about the importance of this park resource and inspire them to take action in their own counties.

We hope you join us in the idyllic coastal town of Newport from October 28th-30th 2016 for the Mayo Dark Sky Festival and share your passion for the night sky and astronomy during this fun weekend.

Or come for our Extended weekend from the 27th to the 31st of October. This remote corner of Ireland with its Wild Atlantic coastline, Dark Skies, Majestic mountains and meandering rivers has an unparalleled splendour and natural beauty all its own. Free Parking in the School grounds.

Please complete your Registration form HERE to help us to plan the event better and to speed up your registration to the various events.


Newport National School: Location for Sunday Astronomy themed Family Funday
Hotel Newport: Venus for talks on Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Sunday Table Quiz: Brannens Pub & Guest House


Eating out

Food & Places to Eat 


The Gráinne Uaile

Award winning traditional local bar with stunning views of Newport Town and Clew Bay. Excellent food, excellent atmosphere and great Guinness!!

Kelly’s Kitchen

Opening hours 9:30 – 6:00pm Monday to Saturday.

Home cooking at its best, with a menu to suit all tastes and all ages. We offer a selection of fish, meat and speciality dishes. All food is sourced locally. Why not try award-winning Kelly’s black and white pudding plate or sample Kelly’s mixed gourmet sausage plate? Hitting the Greenway? Pop in and avail of our takeaway service of sandwiches, salads and hot meals.

  • Contact | Shauna Kelly – Phone | 098 41647

Seven Arches Bistro @Hotel Newport

Seven Arches Bar and Bistro, quality home cooked food is available 7 days from 12 noon until 9pm. Friday night is ‘Curry Night’ in the Bistro – so  get your Tikka Jalfrezi or your favourite hot sizzling favourite cooked just to your liking. See a sample menu HERE

Contact: 094 42464

Walsh’s Bridge Inn

Walsh’s Bridge Inn is a B&B, bar & restaurant situated in the heart of the town. Breakfast, lunch & evening meals and a wide selection of bar snacks are served daily & all size groups are catered for.

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