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 Skellig Star Party, and moving on from it's 2014 success we have decided to make it an Annual event.

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


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 […]


Skellig Star Party BBQ Menu 2016

Nobody does a braai quite like our resident pit master Kevin, and he’s once again put together a fantastic menu for this years star party weekend. We’re having this charity BBQ in […]

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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