Societies & Cluns


Societies & Clubs

ESO, the European Southern Observatory, is the foremost intergovernmental astronomy organisation in Europe and the world’s most productive astronomical observatory. ESO provides state-of-the-art research facilities to astronomers and is supported by Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark,  

By building and operating a suite of the world’s most powerful ground-based astronomical telescopes enabling important scientific discoveries, ESO offers numerous possibilities for technology spin-off and transfer, together with high technology contract opportunities and is a dramatic showcase for European industry.

Astronomy Ireland

Astronomy Ireland was founded in 1990 and is the largest astronomy society in Ireland. They hold regular talks on a multitude of astronomical topics as well as introductory classes in astronomy. In addition to a monthly magazine for members, they also have a weekly astronomical news program on 102.3 Dublin City FM.

Irish Federation of Astronomical Societies (IFAS)

IFAS is the umbrella group for democratically elected amateur astronomy clubs and societies located throughout Ireland. They provide a way for like-minded enthusiasts to share tips, tricks and information through their website, which can be found here. A more complete list of amateur societies who are members of IFAS can be found on this page.

Irish Astronomical Society (IAS)

The Irish Astronomical Society was founded in 1937 as a society for amateur astronomers living in or near Dublin. Membership in the society is open to anybody, with membership rates ranging from 20-40 euro per year. Monthly observing sessions are held during the winter months, while classes in astronomy for beginners and telescope construction are also available.


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