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Astronomy in Ireland

  • Ray, Tom [Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies (DIAS), Ireland]
  • Callanan, Paul [University College Cork, Ireland]
  • Chernyakova, Masha [Dublin City University, Ireland]
  • Espey, Brian [Trinity College Dublin (TCD), Ireland]
  • Hanlon, Lorraine [University College Dublin, Ireland]
  • O’Sullivan, Creidhe [Maynooth University, Ireland]
  • Redman, Matt [National University of Ireland Galway, Ireland]
  • Smith, Niall [Blackrock Castle Observatory, Cork, Ireland]

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Astronomy has been very important in Ireland since ancient times. In the  Victorian era, the country had not only the largest reflector in the world, but also the largest refractor. Modern astronomical research is concentrated in various Irish universities as well as the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies. Astronomy is very popular among the public at large, and also as a means of promoting graduate uptake in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). After providing some historical background, we give a broad-brush review of astronomical research in the country with the intention of encouraging collaboration with Ireland, the newest member of the ESO family.

Created: 2019-06-01/2019-06-30
5 pages

Cite this article:

T. Ray, P. Callanan, M. Chernyakova, B. Espey, L. Hanlon, C. O’Sullivan, M. Redman, N. Smith; Astronomy in Ireland. The Messenger 176 (June 2019): 3–7.