Visit to Dunsink Observatory

Dunsink Observatory is one of the oldest scientific institutions in Ireland. Of the many occupants of the Andrews' Professorship by far the most important was Sir William Rowan Hamilton, Ireland's greatest mathematician and arguably also our greatest scientist, who spent his entire working life in Dunsink. His discovery of quaternions while walking to Dublin from Dunsink on the 16th October 1843 is celebrated annually with a commemorative walk from Dunsink to Broom bridge.

Weather permitting, visitors can view celestial objects through the historic Grubb Telescope and two smaller telescopes. Visitors can also attend audio-visual presentations and lectures on a wide variety of topics in astronomy. There is also a question and answer session on all your astronomy related queries.

Open nights are free of charge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(For many years Dunsink provided the local time standard for Dublin and there are a number of references to Dunsink time in James Joyce's great novel Ulysses.)

(Dunsink was the inspiration for William Wordsworth's "Daffodils" it seems. He was a close friend of Sir William Rowan Hamilton and was inspired after a visit to Dunsink during the month of March.)

If there is sufficient interest in this I shall contact the Observatory and make specific arrangements for our group.

We may need to car pool for this.

Driving Directions: Dunsink Observatory. Castleknock, Dublin 15 is located about 8 kms northwest of Dublin city centre, in the suburb of Castleknock. Easily accessible by car, head for Castleknock along the N3 out of Dublin. Dunsink Observatory is signposted from the Auburn roundabout (this is the only entrance to Dunsink Lane) which is in close proximity to the Blanchardstown intersection, on the M50.

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  • Dave B.

    you are a natural presenter John, everything put across very well! Thanks for organising Elaine.

    March 8, 2013

  • Mark

    Thanks Elaine and John - it was out of this world :) and thanks John for demonstrating the animal liberation lesson at the end. Great night.

    1 · March 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    very interesting,need more meetups like this.

    March 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wonderful night, many thanks to Elaine and John.

    March 8, 2013

  • johnsdas

    hi everyone, many thanks for the kind comments and it was wonderful see you all along on the evening. Sorry the weather didn't cooperate. Thankfully that bird wasn't looking to nest permanently in the telescope dome ;-)

    I'll ask the Sober Slice organisers to schedule another Dunsink meetup for March 28th -- I just heard this morning that the normal public night scheduled for March 20th will NOT be going ahead.

    I've an Ms-Powerpoint slide show on the history of Irish astronomy loaded to Dropbox along with a couple of other self-guided presentations ... links are below ...
    http://dl.dropbox.com/u/25805353/Slideshows/The_Story_of_Irish_Astronomy.ppt

    http://dl.dropbox.com/u/25805353/Slideshows/The_Story_of_Spaceflight.ppt

    http://dl.dropbox.com/u/25805353/Slideshows/Exploring_the_outer_solar_system.ppt ... about why Pluto is no longer a planet

    See you all soon,

    John

    1 · March 8, 2013

    • Marion

      Thanks for the links John. I'll take a look now

      March 8, 2013

    • Marion

      Is the time ball still there ?

      March 8, 2013

  • Don L.

    Interesting and entertaining presentation by John. How did you train the bird to fly into the observatory? :) Well done. Very enjoyable night.

    March 8, 2013

  • Caroline J

    Big thank you to Elaine and John and as Lara said the volunteers, it was great night, learnt alot and apologies if I hovered too closely to the Jaffa Cakes. And thanks John for the lift, a really nice group.

    1 · March 8, 2013

  • El

    My apologies for not turning up last night, an emergency arose. See you soon

    March 8, 2013

  • Daniel O.

    Thanks to all involved in organising and helping. A great night and very interesting. will be back.

    March 8, 2013

  • Elaine H

    John thanks so much for your very interesting presentation. Thanks to everyone for braving the elements, I hope you enjoyed the evening

    3 · March 7, 2013

  • Jane C.

    Really lovely atmosphere...very enjoyable evening

    March 7, 2013

  • Niall L.

    Thanks Elaine for organizing Dunsink. Really Enjoyed it. Was Cool to hear a bit about the history of astronomy in Dublin and the Telescope. And Thanks a Million to Daniel for the lift. Cheers. Niall

    March 7, 2013

  • Marion

    I really enjoyed the night. John has just a world of astronomical information and anic dotes. Really enjoyed listening to his talk. Thanks John

    March 7, 2013

  • Lara

    Elaine, thanks for organising another great meetup. I could listen to John with his plethora of info all day, such a fascinating topic. Thank you John and the other two volunteers with your warm welcome. During similar interesting nights, you should have some sort of a money box for visitors to support the observatory.

    3 · March 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Elaine thanks so much for organising. Fascintating evening. Talk and hospitality of volunteers at venue much appreciated.

    March 7, 2013

  • Ger

    Hi John
    Im sorry .i couldn't make it . Didn't finish work till 8.30pm
    I hope to make it on the 20th
    Hope you all had a great time
    Ger

    March 7, 2013

  • Shinead

    Hi I tried to RSVP but it said that it was full. Is there room for one more?

    March 6, 2013

    • johnsdas

      hi Ruth, welcome to the group! No problem to come along as there has been a few people who can't make it now.

      March 7, 2013

    • Ruth

      Hi, All traffic too much. had to turn back will go on the 20th

      March 7, 2013

  • Geraldine C

    Hi Elanine, John, Unfortunately traffic was so bad I turned back. My plan was to get something to eat before Dunsink as coming straight from the office. Apologies. Geraldine

    March 7, 2013

  • Ciara

    Hi Elaine. John and I couldn't make it this time. Ciara

    March 7, 2013

  • Cileny

    Hi all! We are 2 people but we don't have car. Please, Could anyone pick us up near city center or strategic somewhere we agree?

    March 3, 2013

    • Daniel O.

      Cileny, may be a bit late. Wait just inside station and ring me at about 10 past if you dont see me. Daniel[masked]

      March 7, 2013

  • Peter H.

    Sorry, due to lack of a lift for the 7th March I need to postpone this trip until 20th March so I hope to see you guys then :).

    March 6, 2013

    • johnsdas

      Sorry you can't make it Peter. However, if you can get as far as the Travelodge Hotel at the start of Dunsink Lane we can drop down and collect you. Give me a shout if that works ... otherwise we can link up on the 20th.

      March 6, 2013

    • sophie m.

      Hi Johnsdas I wont need a lift after all, I have to cancel as I have unexpected visitors coming

      March 7, 2013

  • Dave B.

    driving over from northside ,Beaumont if anybody need a lift!

    March 6, 2013

    • Ruth

      Hi Dave this is Ruth just new to the group still hoping there is a slot can i get a ride with you live in north county.

      March 7, 2013

  • Ruth

    Hi just wondering if i can join says two spaces left. just new to the group.

    March 7, 2013

  • johnsdas

    Getting to Dunsink
    -----------------------

    hi all, I've added a rough map of the grounds of Dunsink Observatory to Dropbox and this details a one-way traffic flow for anyone arriving by car. The link is http://dl.dropbox.com/u/25805353/PDFs/DunsinkObservatoryGrounds.pdf

    A map to Dunsink itself is at http://dl.dropbox.com/u/25805353/PDFs/DunsinkObservatoryDirections.pdf

    The schedule for the evening is a short talk on the history of Dunsink, a main lecture on celestial sights you can see during 2013, and a tour of the main telescope dome. We'll also have tea and coffee available afterwards in the main Observatory building. See you all on Thursday!

    John[masked]

    March 6, 2013

    • Ger

      I have been cAlled in to work till 7pm , It would take nme 30 mins to get there. Would that be too late

      March 6, 2013

    • johnsdas

      Hi Ger, no problem on calling along later. The main gate will be open and the main talk won't start 'til around 7:30pm. See you tomorrow! John

      March 6, 2013

  • Elaine H

    I'm definitely on for going but would need to get a lift from someone.

    February 9, 2013

    • Elaine H

      Hi Marion I live near Parkgate St but I work on the quays. Jacki will give you a call

      March 6, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Marion do u need a lift?

      March 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    So sorry for not being able to make it and for the late notice.

    March 6, 2013

  • Elaine H

    Hi I currently have no internet access at all at work so will only be contactable by phone tomorrow -[masked]

    March 6, 2013

  • John

    I will be driving from south Dublin area if anyone needs a lift

    March 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll be driving from palmerstown if anyone needs a lift.

    March 6, 2013

  • Marion

    See you all there

    March 6, 2013

  • Claire H.

    Sorry for the late notice, I can no longer make it. Really disappointed and hope its on again.

    March 6, 2013

  • Anne K

    I cannot tommorrow now. I plan to go on 20th Mar instead. Enjoy it all. Anne K

    March 6, 2013

  • johnsdas

    Thanks everyone for re-scheduling and apologies if the 7th now means some people can't make it. However, if those who are unable to attend want to ring me after the 7th I can add your names to the Open Night scheduled for March 20th [masked]).

    I will be travelling from Donnybrook Village thru town @ 6pm on the night and will have 2 free spaces in the car if anyone needs a lift. John

    P.S. as I'll be speaker on the night if there's any topic of interest you'd like me touch on just let me know ;-)

    February 26, 2013

    • sophie m.

      thanks John

      March 2, 2013

    • Peter H.

      Hello, I may need to reschedule until the 20th March 2013 myself now due to having no lift so I will call you soon :). Thank you.

      March 6, 2013

  • johnsdas

    Many thanks for that info below about the buses Victoria. So people travelling by bus know, take care crossing the Navan Road at this point as it is dual carriageway and extremely busy at that time of the evening. Dunsink Lane itself can also be busy up to the turn at the New River Road. After that, it is safer but because it ends in a cul-de-sac it does not have street lights for the last part.

    I would advise anyone walking up the lane to phone me [masked]) and I will collect you near the start of Dunsink Lane. Can everyone aim to not arrive until around 6:45pm -- this gives us time get to the Observatory and get organised ;-) I'll not get to Dunsink until about that time myself. Cheers! John

    March 3, 2013

    • Daniel O.

      Hi John. I just want to confirm how to get there. When I went down across the railway tracks and across the river, the road ended at locked gates. I went around to the main entrance which is further away along river road and turn left to another cul de sac. Where are we meeting? Thanks. I have your number. See you Thursday. My number is[masked]

      March 6, 2013

  • Niall L.

    Hi, is anyone going through city centre and have space in a car? Thanks a Million, Niall

    March 3, 2013

    • Niall L.

      Cool, Thanks a Lot, my phone number is[masked], see you at 600 on Thursday. Thanks

      March 5, 2013

    • Daniel O.

      Great, I collecting Cileny and her nephew as well at heuston. My number is 0857569399. will have a red jacket on.

      March 6, 2013

  • Daniel O.

    Hi, Looking forward to Thursday. I am coming in from Skerries and have room in the car. See you Thursday

    March 4, 2013

    • Cileny

      Hi Daniel! That is perfect for us, my nephew and me. Thanks so much!!! See you in Heuston at 6:00. :-)

      March 5, 2013

    • Daniel O.

      I will park and wait over by the river, Red car, I will have a red jacket on. My number is[masked]

      March 6, 2013

  • Peter H.

    Hello, the person offering me a lift cannot make it now. Does anyone have a spare seat in their car. I live in Blanchardstown :). My number is 0858167160. Thank you.

    March 5, 2013

  • Elaine H

    As this is a very popular event and there is now a waiting list if you can no longer make it please update your RSVP to reflect this. It would be a shame that people miss out

    March 4, 2013

  • Paul K.

    Hi I am coming from Bolton Street Dublin 1 could some kind person please offer me a lift. Thanks a million. [masked]

    February 9, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Will do

      February 10, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Paul, did you get sorted for a lift? If not I have a space as Carl had to pull out:-)

      March 4, 2013

  • Tracey

    Just wondering if there is any free spaces to bring 2 or 3 guests? If anybody can no longer make it?

    March 4, 2013

  • Ann-Marie M.

    This will be my first time going out with a meet up group looking forward to it

    March 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm coming from Blackrock and I have a seat available

    March 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Anyone driving down from the city center and has 2 spaces available?

    Cheers

    March 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry but with the change of date to Thursday , I cant make it - will try for the open day on 20th

    1 · March 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Lara,
    That would be fine - would 6pm suit - we'd want to leave time for traffic.

    March 3, 2013

    • Lara

      OK, thanks Barry. See you at the Elfin pub at 6.

      March 3, 2013

  • Victoria

    Buses (numbers 38 and 39) to Dunsink leave from Hawkins Street, off Burgh Quay on the south bank of the river Liffey. Get off at the bus stop after the Auburn Avenue/New Dunsink Lane roundabout (Dawn Till Dust visible on the right) on the Navan Road, cross over to New Dunsink Lane and follow it for the next two miles.

    1 · March 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    7th is fine for me thanks Elaine.

    February 26, 2013

    • Lara

      Hi Barry, do u still have room in ur car? R u going via baldoyle and then the M50? If so, I could meet u at the Elfin, what time does suit? Please let me know, because I don't have my car on Thursdays so I'd need to RVSP differently. Thanks a mil Barry.

      March 3, 2013

  • Daniel O.

    Looking forward to it

    March 2, 2013

  • Elaine H

    Hi, is everyone sorted for transport? If not maybe people could meet in Castleknock and share cabs ? There are a lot of people signed up but I only see a few lifts arranged

    March 1, 2013

    • Tracey

      Yeah thanks. It's interesting that dunsink is now known as being in castle knock as its in finglas :)

      March 1, 2013

  • Carl M

    I'll need a lift from Ballsbridge or city centre or Drumcondra, if anyone can oblige.

    February 26, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Carl, I'll pick u and Grace up opposite the Horse Show House at 5.30 on the 7th My phone no. is[masked]

      March 1, 2013

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