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 annualĀ Skellig Star Party.

The 2019 SSP takes place 23rd - 24th August.

There is plenty for all to do over the weekend, we have some great talks lined up, as well as our raffle, table quiz, as well as a BBQ on the Saturday evening, in aid of Barnardo's. Hopefully, there will be plenty of observing and astrophotography.

Latest news

SSP 2019

SSP 2019 is on the way. Featuring talks from Antonio Martin-Carillo (UCD), Pete Williamson (FRAS) and Ebor Benson (Astrophotographer). The Ballinskelligs Lodge is the place to be, and its filling […]

SSP 2017 Sundowners BBQ with Barnardos

Please ensure you book by sending an email to info@skelligstarparty.com and pay on the day.

Skellig Star Party 2017 Schedule

Friday 18th August 17:00-1800: At Skellig Lodge: Dave Connolly (Sigma Ambassador) & Mora Lynott – Workshop on landscape and Sigma Art Lenses, with a 14mm 1.8 on display. 19:00-Late – […]

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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. We are based at the Skellig Lodge, in Ballinskelligs itself.

Our Partners

International Dark-Sky Association

International Dark-Sky Association

Skellig Lodge

Skellig Lodge

Ktec Telescopes

Ktec Telescopes