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.