Artificial lighting has its place in our world and is invaluable to businesses, homes, roads and recreation. However, when used inappropriately or excessively, artificial lighting can cause light pollution.
Ireland is home to three internationally recognised dark sky places
Kerry International Dark Sky Reserve and Mayo International Dark Sky Park have both been awarded a gold tier for the quality of their night skies, free from light pollution and are important assets of natural night sky heritage. OM Dark Sky Park is a Ireland’s newest Internationally recognised dark sky place.
The Irish Light Pollution Campaign (ILPAC) was founded in the early 2000’s by Colm O’Brien. ILPAC became the Irish node of the International Dark Sky Association in 2003. Albert White is the current chairperson.
Dark Sky Ireland is a Chapter member of the International Dark Sky Association.