The sky’s the limit for astro-tourism
The Kerry International Dark-Sky Reserve, near Derrynane.
Picture: Valerie O’Sullivan
KERRY County Library is to host a major exhibition on the night sky by members of the Dublin-based Irish Astronomical Society from this Friday until May 10.
The Images of Starlight exhibition is a stunning collection of 60 images of stars, planets, galaxies and other space objects photographed through telescopes in Ireland. A number were taken from the Kerry International Dark Sky Reserve in South Kerry.
The display will be officially opened in Tralee on Thursday evening by Mayor of Kerry Cllr.Norma Foley.
The event, which premiered in the National Botanic Gardens in Dublin in November and attracted several thousand visitors, is on its first visit outside the capital. It will coincide with and is linked to the Wild Mind Nature Festival in Fenit from April 25-28.
John Griffin: Kerry is at the forefront of a growing niche market
The exhibition is supported by the Tourism Unit of Kerry County Council and it will continue to Caherciveen Library and the Kerry International Dark Reserve on May 15 and be on view there until mid-June.
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Many of the photographs in this exhibition have been taken from people’s back gardens using standard consumer DSLR cameras.
Astronomy and astro-tourism has a growing public and tourist following in Ireland and abroad, according to County Tourism Officer, John Griffin.
“The designation of south west Kerry as a gold tier dark sky reserve has positioned Kerry at the forefront of this growing niche market. It also part of the wider activity, adventure, education and natural heritage tourism which is a key objective of Kerry County Council’s tourism strategy,” he said.
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