I-LOFAR are delighted to be back running an in-person tour for this special event with Exploring Birr Skies!


A walking tour with I-LOFAR’s Education & Public Engagement Manager, Áine Flood on the engineering and science behind the 19th century Leviathan telescope, before journeying nearly 200 years into the present day to the 21st century Irish Low Frequency Array (I-LOFAR) radio telescope. The tour will explain the astronomical discoveries made at the I-LOFAR observatory and Ireland’s role in the future of radio astronomy.

This tour is suitable for all, no background knowledge needed.


  • Wednesday 15th September 2021
  • 18:00 – 19:30 UTC+1
  • Meet outside Birr Theatre & Arts Centre
  • Tickets free but limited, register now at BirrTheatre.com or on 057 9122911.

Contact Birr Theatre with any queries.

This event will take place in line with current Covid 19 government guidelines.

Exploring Birr Skies is a community project with Dr. Niamh Shaw in collaboration with Birr Theatre & Arts Centre, Birr Tidy Towns, Birr Castle Demesne and AstroLands with I-LOFAR, led by Trinity College Dublin. Supported by the Creative Ireland Programme (2017 -2022) in partnership with Offaly County Council.

AstroLands is an education and public engagement programme launched in 2019.  An initiative of Trinity College Dublin supported by Science Foundation Ireland Discover Programme and ESERO Ireland, AstroLands uses the recently constructed Irish Low Frequency Array (I-LOFAR) and Education Centre at Birr Castle Demesne to connect with students, teachers and members of the public in rural communities in the Midlands.