Star-B-Q 2021

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A Barbecue Under the Stars for Everyone in Ireland North & South

30th October. Gates open 3PM. Event begins 3.30PM

*Book for Star-B-Q 2022 HERE*

*Strictly no dogs allowed*

No knowledge of science or astronomy is required to attend the event.
It is ideal for beginners, family, budding astronomers, everyone!

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Book Star B Q Here
Please Note: We do not post out tickets.
Please bring along your confirmation with you as your E-Ticket

*Please note tickets can not be refunded*


‘Star-B-Q’ is Ireland’s biggest annual TELESCOPE FESTIVAL for the general public (and Astronomy Ireland’s biggest annual fundraiser).

Gates will open at 3pm. The event starts at 3:30pm.

LARGE TELESCOPES: You will get to see the WONDERS OF THE UNIVERSE from the dark skies of Roundwood in Co. Wicklow (MAP), Ireland’s highest village, with some of the most powerful telescopes in Ireland!
(This is an event unique to Ireland, visitors from abroad are welcome too!)

BARBECUE: A professionally catered barbecue will be served up earlier on in the evening. You can enjoy some fantastic barbecued food (vegetarian option available – let us know by saying so in the comments box when you book) with side salads and soft drinks.

GREAT TALKS: There are also TALKS (aimed at the public, no knowledge of science needed).

LOTS TO SEE IN THE HALL: display, trade stands, advice, magazine.

LOTS TO SEE IN VERY DARK SKIES: learn the constellations when pointed out with Ireland’s most powerful hand-held laser (40km beam!), binocular classes (also with the laser.)

3 Amazing Talks on the night

“Black Holes”

By Dr Maya Fishbach of CIERA, Northwestern University, Illinois, USA.

Maya will be joining us on the night from the US via Zoom. Maya is an expert in the fields of Black Holes and Neutron Stars and is a NASA Hubble Program Einstein Post doctoral fellow. She has written and co-written numerous publications on Black Holes, Neutron Stars and Gravitational Waves.

“The James Webb Telescope”

By Kevin Nolan of the Planetary Society (founded by Carl Sagan)

The James Webb Telescope will be the largest space telescope ever launched into space. It is intended to extend and add to the amazing work already done by the Hubble Space Telescope. This talk will be given by Planetary Society coordinator and author Kevin Nolan.

“The Universe”

by David Moore, Chairman of Astronomy Ireland

This is a mini-version of his one-man stage-show “UNIVERSE” that sold out venues and theatres across Ireland in previous years. David Moore is Ireland’s best known astronomer regularly broadcasting on TV and radio. He also edits our monthly magazine “Astronomy Ireland“. He also writes the Sky Diary pages – the best guide to what to see in Irish skies – make sure you pick up a copy every month!

Photo: Star-B-Qers gather to watch a ‘rocket launch’ that opened a previous Star-B-Q.

“Clear Sky Guarantee”

Even if it is not clear on the night the event will go ahead with talks, barbecue, displays, stands, and telescopes on display indoors. However, we will also set up the telescopes on the following Friday or Saturday nights (when a clear sky is forecast).

This way we can GUARANTEE you a view of the wonders of the universe! So keep the following weekend(s) free to be certain of a view of the universe that very few people in the world will ever get.
There is no way we are going to let the Irish weather deny you a view of the wonders of the universe and we have always given Star-B-Qers the views we promised every year since 1992, so YOU WILL see the Wonders of the Universe – WE GUARANTEE IT!

Some of the sights you will see at the Star-B-Q include:

What You Will See

These distant cities of stars have fascinated astronomers since they were first discovered, and can contain trillions of stars.

Giant groups of young stars and old stars, and some with millions of stars.

Dying stars
The glowing embers of giant dead stars dotted throughout the galaxy.

See Saturn (amazing rings!), Jupiter (Great Red Spot AND moons!), Uranus and Neptune this year!
Maybe even a comet!

Star-B-Q: “The Movie”
A film by Anthony Murphy 2008
A great little fast-paced movie. Highly recommended (only 4 minutes)

Please Note: We do not post out tickets. Your name will be on our list at the gate when you check-in. Tickets from 29euro/39euro (child/adult) include all food, talks, telescope use and non-alcoholic drinks (Tickets at the gate on the night are strictly 50euro each, so please avail of big savings when you book in advance).

*Please note tickets can not be refunded*

On the night:

  • Professionally catered food by a leading caterer (vegetarian option available – let us know by saying so in the comments box when you book)
  • Powerful Telescopes in an amazingly dark sky deep in the Wicklow mountains easily accessible by road
  • See the Wonders of the Universe
  • Three Amazing Talks (30-40minutes each)
  • Live Rocket Launch to start the event!
  • Trade stands (telescopes, Binoculars, posters, caendars, etc), Art Exhibition, books, magazines, and more to see in the main hall
  • Night sky guide with Ireland’s most powerful hand-held laser (40km beam!)
  • Binocular masterclass: bring yours, and we’ll show you the secrets of the sky with a special laser show!
  • Learn the constellations
  • Advice Stand – questions answered, bring your telescope & we’ll show you how to use it!
  • Clear Sky Guarantee!
  • Door prizes
  • Family Friendly – ALL WELCOME from the 32 counties and abroad
  • Ireland’s Biggest Annual Star Party!!!
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Tickets are only:

  • Adult tickets: €39
  • Child tickets: €29 for under-16s
We need to know numbers in advance for our caterers so book early please. A limited number of tickets will be available on the night at the entrance at the full price of €50 so advanced booking is advised.
Book Star B Q Here

Alternatively, call (086) 06 46 555 with your credit card details

Gates open at 3pm and the event begins at 3:30pm. Please Note: We do not post out tickets. Please bring along your confirmation with you on the night as your E-Ticket.

Weather and Clear Skies
Star-B-Q 2021 goes ahead regardless of weather on Saturday 30th October. If the sky is overcast on the night, a separate, telescope-only event will be organized for the following weekend, where you will still get to see the wonders of the universe!

The night is packed full of events to ensure that everyone has a great time, and we even have a number of backup talks and presentations planned in case the weather stops us seeing the sky.

Public Transport and Accommodation:
The Star-B-Q will take place at coordinates: N: 53.060, W: 6.230 (the green arrow below).

How to Get There
The GAA grounds are located just a couple of hundred metres outside Roundwood village on the R755. You can view a map of Roundwood below, with a guide on how to get to the GAA grounds. Eircode A98V2W5

View Map


Taxis can be used to get you to or from the Star-B-Q. Alternatively St. Kevin’s Bus service goes from opposite the Mansion House on Dawson St. to Roundwood. Fares and times are listed on their website.

There are a number of B&Bs in the area, and we recommend Roundwood Caravan and Camping Park for your overnight stay with tents, motorhomes, and caravans. Phone or email them at (01) 281 8163 or

All enquiries about bookings to

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