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Location :
Dunsink Observatory ,
Dunsink Lane,
Dublin 15, D15 XR2R.

Tel: +353 -(0)1- 4406656
Mobile: +353-(0)87-6294966
Email: dunsink@dias.ie
GPS: +53°23'12.30", -6°20'10.40"

Further Details


  • Schools and Colleges: visits to Dunsink Observatory can be arranged if booked beforehand. These trips can be organised for day or evening time.
  • Transition Year Week: we run a TY week usually in late February, for students interested in maths and science as a career path.  See the info page for more details, and this page for reports on previous years.
  • Science Week – Astronomy Watch (12th-19th November 2017)
    Astronomy Watch is an outreach programme run by the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies to coincide with Science Week Ireland.
    During Science Week, a number of Secondary Schools are invited to visit Dunsink Observatory and take part in Astronomy Watch. Lectures on a wide variety of topics in astronomy are held and, weather permitting, students are given the opportunity to look through the Grubb Telescope located in the South Dome at Dunsink Observatory.The aim of this programme is to promote science as a career path for school students and as a source of interest and excitement for everyone.For more information on these events or to request an invitation for your school, please contact Hilary O’Donnell (hod  @ cp.dias.ie), or Anne Grace (ag @ cp.dias.ie)
For details on upcoming events: on Facebook

Universe Awareness and Space Scoop

UNAWE is an International Astronomical Union (IAU) endorsed programme that uses the beauty and grandeur of the Universe to encourage young children, particularly those from an underprivileged background, to have an interest in science and technology and foster their sense of global citizenship from the earliest age. UNAWE was founded five years ago and is already active in 40 countries comprising a global network of almost 500 astronomers, teachers and other educators.
Universe Awareness has started a collaboration with the European Southern Observatory (ESO) to produce the astronomy news service Space Scoop — versions of ESO Science and Photo Releases that are written specifically for children aged between 7 and 11 years old. Space Scoop is meant to feed children’s curiosity about the Universe, by allowing them to access ESO releases. Space Scoop will be available online at the same time as the original version of a release, so children can learn about the latest developments in astronomy as they happen.