About Us

In May of 2014 a group of like minded Amateur Astronomers from Clubs around the country got together to hold the first Irish Open Star Party. The obvious choice of location was Europe's only Gold Tier Dark Sky Reserve, right here, in the South West of Ireland. From that simple idea grew the annual Skellig Star Party.

There is plenty for all to do over the weekend as talks/workshops will take place on the Saturday afternoon followed by a table-quiz, as well as a BBQ on the Friday evening, Saturday morning/evening in aid of Barnardo's.


Latest news


Messier Marathon 2017!

And so starts another year and another season for Irish astronomy! We’ve had a few events so far but we’d like to give a particular shout out. This is Charles […]


StarDome at Skellig Star Party 2016

StarDome is coming to the Skelligs! CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory’s portable planetarium is on the road in Ireland in association with ESERO, the European Space Education and Resource Office. Visit […]


Skellig Star Party 2016 Schedule

  It’s that time of year again and we can’t wait to be under the dark skies of Ballinskelligs for Skellig Star Party 2016. Below is the running order our […]

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How to find us

The Skellig Star Party event is held in the glorious Kerry International Dark Sky reserve, right in the heart of the Ballinskelligs. In the map below, the darker region denotes the core of the Dark Sky Reverse. The lighter region outlines a buffer zone.

Our Partners

International Dark-Sky Association

International Dark-Sky Association

Skellig Lodge

Skellig Lodge

Ktec Telescopes

Ktec Telescopes