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Stars and Sustainability event in Leenane for Irish Astronomy Week


Leenane Community Hall and new park


15 March 2024


GLOW 2.0

JCWL Geopark

‘Stars and Strategies for a Sustainable Tourism Business,’ in Leenane

This event was organised in partnership with Údarás na Gaeltachta and GLOW 2.0, a European INTERREG Northern Periphery Project; it explores the opportunities offered by dark skies tourism in north-western Europe. Local and visiting enthusiasts and professionals from all walks of life came together, sharing a common curiosity for the night sky and sustainable tourism practices.

The event included an informative session with an engaging workshop from Ged Dowling of Terra Firma tour guiding company based in Mayo, exploring the intricacies of stargazing as a business and the enchanting tales of celestial wonders. The main highlight was the guided stargazing walk to the new amenity park in Leenane on the shores of Killary Fjord, where participants immersed themselves in the beauty of the night sky. The weather was perfect, with one of the clearest skies of the year. Expert guides shared insights into constellations, planets, and celestial phenomena, leaving everyone in awe.

We’re proud to have emphasized the importance of ‘Dark Skies Tourism,’ shedding light on innovative strategies to extend the tourism season and support local businesses and jobs. Together, we’re helping to shape the future of sustainable travel!

More information on dark skies and astromony on this website here