Sea to Sky

Sea to Sky; a day of free, family-friendly activities that bring the importance of marine and astronomical science to life for all.


11am – 12pm & 12.30pm – 1.30pm Learn about Marine Life With Cork Nature Network (venue – MakeSpace workshop)

Join Cork Nature Network in a workshop learning about marine life. What species do we have on our local shores? This is a childrens creative workshop using items collected from local beaches whilst learning about life on the shore.

(family workshop / Inquiry based / 60 minute workshops x 2)

FREE, but book through eventbrite

12.45pm – 1.45pm  Monitoring Our Waters (venue – Theatre)

Learn how the Maritime Mechatronics team at the HALPIN Centre for Research & Innovation, NMCI is using technology to monitor and collect data in the waters off Irish coasts and out to sea. Cormac Gebruers will deliver an insightful seminar and share working instruments for people to explore.

1pm – 4pm Journeys Of Exploration (4 x 30 minute tours on the hour)

Take a Journey of Exploration. Explainers will guide visitors through the heart of the Castle along a route that tells the story of Cork’s defended landscape, its merchant trade and the smugglers and pirates that navigated one of the world’s deepest natural harbours.

Journeys of Exploration is presented at CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory in association with Fáilte Ireland, celebrating stories along Ireland’s Ancient East. Places are limited on the tour and we reserve the right to restrict numbers for safety reasons.

2pm – 3pm Learn About Whales, Dolphins and Octopus Species in Irish Waters (venue – Theatre)

Join Marine Biologist Emer Keaveney for a talk on whales, dolphins and octopus species in Irish waters. (suitable for all ages / lecture / 45 mins) Book through eventbrite.

2pm – 2.55pm Map Your Way On The Water (venue – MakeSpace workshop)

Wondering how to map your way on the waters without the internet? Join Master Mariner Bill Kavanagh and Cork Astronomy Club member James Quain to learn more about the skies above us and how to journey using the ancient art of celestial navigation. In an era where satellite technology is used in virtually every aspect of our lives, learn how mariners navigated the oceans using some simple instruments such as the quadrant, cross staff and compass

(talk / showcase – 30 mins / 30 mins)

3.15pm – 4pm Climate Change Mapping (venue – Theatre)

All coastal life and the activities of coastal communities depend on what happens over the horizon in the open ocean. Using cutting-edge European Space Agency Climate Change Information tools, UCC (ERI/MaREI) researchers will overview the amazing annual changes we can now monitor as they happen beyond the horizon.

4.15pm – 5pm Neolithic Cave Art and Our Link With the Sea (venue – Theatre)

Cork Environmental Forum member Martha Doyle describes maritime Neolithic cave art demonstrating our ancestral links with the sea and the importance of sea vegetables.

Event Information

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  • Dates: Saturday 9th June, 2018
  • Time 11am - 5pm
  • Venue: CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory , Castle Road, Blackrock
  • Booking: These are free events. Book via eventbrite for the family workshops and for the 2pm talk in the theatre, all other talks & tours are free and drop in.
  • Parents/Carers: One parent or carer per child/group of children is required.
  • 2pm Learn About Whales, Dolphins and Octopus Species in Irish Waters: Book through Eventbrite

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