• Closed until further notice

    In compliance with Government lockdown regulations, The Observatory will remain closed for at least the duration of the current restrictions

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  • Award Winning Research

    BCO, CAPPA and CIT behind award winning Research image Wednesday – Saturday 9am – 2pm

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    Featured Exhibits

    Journeys of Exploration

    Housed in an iconic Cork landmark dating back to 1582, a visit to Blackrock Castle Observatory includes entry to Journeys of Exploration.

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    Cosmos at the Castle

    Learn about the Universe, extreme life forms on Earth and life in outer space!

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    Daily Schedule

    Plan your visit with an up to date list of the times of activities, tours and events at Blackrock Castle.

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    BCO News & Blog

    Sky Matters – January 2021

    Sky Matters January 2021 - Sky Matters is a monthly newsletter about the night sky, published by CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory.

    Holiday Stargazing Challenge

    Join in from home with a stargazing challenge and view the solstice sunrise.

    Sky Matters – December 2020

    Sky Matters December 2020 - Sky Matters is a monthly newsletter about the night sky, published by CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory.

    Talking Heads Image Wins SFI Research Image of The Year 2020

    An image produced by a team of researchers from BCO, CAPPA and CIT has won Science Foundation Ireland's Research Image of The Year Award 2020.

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