Astronomy Ireland is an astronomy association based in Ireland (including the Republic and Northern Ireland). It is a non-profit educational organisation, separate but connected to its parent company 'Astronomy & Space Ltd.', owned by its director David Moore. The club does not hold annual general meetings nor allow its membership to elect its officers. It does not publish annual accounts, despite publicly aired concerns about its close relationship with the chairman's commercial interests.
- Observing sessions: Eclipses of the Moon, meteor showers, favourable planetary apparitions, and other events. In Dublin, the most popular meeting place is beside the Papal Cross in the Phoenix Park.
- Lectures: These are recorded by the society and are made available on the club website for free download for a limited period of time. DVDs of each lecture may be purchased for €5. Astrophysicist Chris Lintott and science writer John Gribbin have delivered lectures.
- Star-B-Q: Annual barbecue held at Roundwood, County Wicklow.
- Astro-Expo: Annual astronomy and science exhibition held in Dublin.
- Astronomy course: Introduces new members and non-members to elementary astronomy.
- Foreign trips: Arranged to observe total solar eclipses. Turkey was visited in 2006.
Publications and media
Members are kept up-to-date by e-mail newsletters and text messages. A premium rate telephone news service alerts Irish and British astronomers to celestial events, ranging from flyovers of the International Space Station to meteor showers.
Astronomy & Space Ltd. produces a monthly magazine for Astronomy Ireland called Astronomy & Space which is aimed mainly at young people and inexperienced amateur astronomers.
A weekly radio programme, AIRS (Astronomy Ireland Radio Show), is broadcast every Tuesday on FM radio and on the Internet. Previous shows are available from the MP3 archive on the club's website, along with recordings of other radio programmes of interest to astronomers, such as interviews with famous astronomers.