About Us

Who Are We And What Do We Do

Astronomy Ireland is a non profit organisation and the largest national astronomy club in the world relative to population and we publish a full-colour 48-page magazine that is posted directly to members every month. It was founded in 1990 by David Moore and has grown over 30 years to more 15,000 members. Join HERE

Astronomy Ireland is a 32 county organisation for members of the public who have a fascination with space. Founded in 1990 it quickly grew to be the most popular astronomy society in the world. The society caters especially for beginners and members of the general public.

It publishes Ireland’s only astronomy magazine every month, at a ‘popular level’

Online talks for those with no background in science are given online every month by experts in their field.

Each August the society holds Ireland’s biggest annual star party for the public called “Star-B-Q”, a barbecue under the stars in the dark skies of Co.Wicklow with Ireland’s biggest telescopes, talks, exhibits and craic.

School talks

100s of media interviews each year on radio and television.

As our founder and chairman David Moore says:

“If you have NO interest in astronomy or space then YOU are the person we set up Astronomy Ireland for! And you should join now as you are missing out on so much in the universe! [astronomy.ie/join]

Our aim is to promote astronomy, space interest and education in Ireland. We achieve this aim by holding talks, lectures, observing sessions and other events nationwide, and through our magazine called Astronomy Ireland. The magazine includes, amongst other things, news, letters, book reviews, reader’s photo gallery and details on what to see in the sky during the month. Membership also entitles you to concession rate admittance to our public lectures. In addition, members can attend telescope nights on clear Friday and Saturday evenings. You do not need to own a telescope to be a member, everybody is welcome to join.

We also run Astronomy Courses for Beginners twice per year in various locations throughout the country. Members are entitled to a discount on the course fee.

Astronomy Ireland People

Most of the people working for Astronomy Ireland are volunteers.

David Moore

Chairman and Founder

David Moore is Ireland’s best known astronomer, writing and broadcasting on a regular basis since the 1980s. In 1990 he founded Astronomy Ireland which has grown to become the biggest astronomy society in the world relative to population with nearly 15,000 Irish people joining in its first 25 years. He is Editor of Astronomy Ireland’s magazine Astronomy Ireland magazine which is published in full colour every month bringing the latest news and discoveries along with everything to see in Irish skies.

David Moore is also available for School Visits (currently depends on HSE Guidelines).

In 1997 he launched Astronomy & Space magazine on Irish and U.K. news-stands now called Astronomy Ireland magazine and opened Ireland’s first Astronomy Shop.

David is always available to the media 24/7 on 086 06 46 555 More…

Ann Dunne

Managing Editor

I was always been fascinated by the skies. Apparently, my favourite song as a toddler was Perry Como’s “Catch a Falling Star.” There was a partial solar eclipse in May 1966, when I was ten and I watched with my family using the safe method of a pinhole in cardboard and some dark red photographic plates, the latter would not be advisable nowadays! The same year I read in a magazine about a comet that would be coming in 20 years and it stuck in my mind to remember it – that was Halley’s Comet.

Three years later in 1969, I saw a huge green fireball going up the Irish Sea and heard a sonic boom. It was moving slowly enough for me to call my younger brothers’ and sister’s attention to it. It turned out to be the Bovedy Meteorite which fell and was retrieved in Northern Ireland. Years later I actually saw part of that meteorite which is displayed in Armagh Planetarium. 

Tom Finnegan

Executive Manager

Tom is from a science background and spent 8 years working in quality control and research laboratories including Irish Rail. In the late 80’s he founded a courier company employing 25-30 people, successfully developing the business, including international business over a 10 year period, before being bought over by a much larger company. Over the next 20 years he founded and help start a multitude of diverse business including a rally driving school, a print finishing business, an internet holiday booking service and a green energy company.

In 2014, with the aid of an EU Vital grant, administered by Queens Belfast, DCU Invent and the IT Dundalk he began developing his ideas and designs for a prototype high performance electric car. While the first prototype of the Spika was built and shown at the Energy Show, RDS, the project is now on hold indefinitely due to current market status.

Interested? Get in touch!

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