Celebrating 100 Years of The International Astronomical Union – Ireland

2019 marks 100 years since the establishment of the International Astronomical Union. As National Outreach Coordinator for the IAU in Ireland, CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory will be organising and promoting celebratory events throughout the country.

As the year progresses additional events will be added, so watch this space:

Space Art at School with Shane Sutton

Students from the Colláiste with the help of ESA award winning artist ,Shane Sutton, are creating a large mural for their school ceiling! Taking Apollo 50 as a theme they have researched, planned and designed a piece for completion in Jan 2019.

Tags: Workshop; Activities in School; Exhibition



Exhibition of student work resulting from the music and astronomy inspired project “Starman” co-ordinated by CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory. Work hangs along side original David Bowie artworks, including “Star” a rice paper serigrph done by the artist in 1975.

Tags: 100 Hours of Astronomy Event; Conference; Exhibition; Festival; Activities in School

Stardome At BT Young Scientist Exhibition

BCO will bring Stardome for live planetarium shows to BT young Scientist exhibition 2019. This 4 day event sees 58,000 students and teachers come to the biggest annual science exhibition in Ireland. 

Tags: 100 hours of Astronomy Event

Space Speaker In Your Classroom

Connecting students in Ireland with a line-up of female astronomers through our Space Speakers in the Classroom Program, and a lecture event for post primary schools in Cork City. 

Tags: Activities in School; Women and Girls in Astronomy

Engineering The Moon – Teacher Training Session For Engineers Week

Teacher training session looking at classroom activities for primary school educators with a focus on engineering. Using Apollo 50 as a theme to bring engineering challenges to the classroom.

Tags: Activities in School; Workshop Training; Teacher Training

Space Careers Roadshow

A conference day showcasing opportunities for students in Ireland in the Space Science and Astronomy sectors.  Students from Transition Year to 6th year are invited to attend. 

Tags: Activities in School; Workshop; Lecture; Star Careers; Student Conference

Earth Hour

Annual Earth Hour Celebrations at Blackrock Castle Observatory including Globe at Night Workshops, Observing and Talks

Tags: Workshop; Lecture; Activities in Science Centers