Dunsink Lane, Castleknock, Dublin 15, D15 XR2R

TY Week

Transition Year Science Week at Dunsink Observatory takes place in February or March each year.  The last TY Week in 2018 was from Monday 26th February to Friday 2nd March.  The students did two full days before Storm Emma and the associated Red Weather Alert meant that DIAS and all schools were forced to close. The 16 students did great work, however, completing almost 3 days of the programme, and they greatly enjoyed the immersion in Solar System physics.

To find out more, here is some general information about the TY week, and you can read more below.  TY week was planned for 30th March 2020, but has been cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic and work/travel restrictions imposed.

Enquiries to +353-87-6294966 or

Students and Parents evening
Students and Parents evening during the 201y TY week.

The TY week is centred on meteors, or shooting stars. We have two meteor cameras and a radio antenna at the Observatory, funded by SFI, which are automatically searching the sky for meteors and recording any that they find.  The detectors are part of the NEMETODE network in the UK and Ireland.  Students learn to analyse these data both by hand using Junior Cert Maths, and also automatically by computer. The week has a strong citizen science emphasis through the NEMETODE network and members of amateur astronomy societies.