Astronomy in Ireland

  • E. J. A. Meurs
Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 310)


An overview is presented of the development of astronomy in the Republic of Ireland, from the earliest times till present. Up till about 1990, astronomical activities were dominated by Dunsink Observatory in Dublin. Since the nineties several developments are occurring, resulting in a noticeable (although still very moderate) staff increase and in greater participation from the side of the universities, and a slight improvement in funding opportunities. Observing facilities have to be found outside Ireland, for which purpose an Agreement for access to the La Palma observatory was operational between 1979 and 2003. A pressing need for membership of the European Southern Observatory has been recognized, which was recommended to the Government. With many research programmes emphasizing high-energy astrophysics, space-borne facilities are important in addition.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • E. J. A. Meurs
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  1. 1.Dunsink Observatory CastleknockDublin 15Ireland

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