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Voices for Dark Skies - A Dark Sky Ireland (Mayo hosted) event for International Dark Sky Week 2021

April 12 @ 07:00 pm

A networking event to raise awareness of light pollution in Ireland and to encourage advocacy and support for Dark Sky groups on the island. Hosted jointly by Mayo Dark Skies and Cork Sky Friendly Campaign, this Dark Sky Ireland event features presentations from: Sue Callaghan - Divisional Ecologist National Parks & Wildlife Service Daragh Quill - Roads Management Office Bettymaya Foott - International Dark Sky Association, USA Niall Smith - MTU Blackrock Castle Observatory All welcome: Georgia MacMillan of Mayo Dark Skies - Introductions & Introduction to Newport Lighting Master Plan - a community driven lighting initiative and case study for Ireland. Opening Speaker Bettymaya Foott - Director of Engagement - International Dark-Sky Association Bettymaya graduated from the University of Utah with an H.B.S. in Environmental and Sustainability Studies. Her dark sky career began with working for Utah State Parks starting 12 International Dark-Sky Park Applications across the state. She then worked as Coordinator for the Colorado Plateau Dark Sky Cooperative and the Consortium for Dark Sky Studies at the University of Utah. Now, she is incredibly excited to be on the team at IDA as Director of Engagement. When off the clock, Foott loves to practice night sky photography. Preserving dark skies is her life goal and she is incredibly excited to continue this journey of saving the stars! Talk Title – Global Dark Sky Advocacy How to connect with IDA's global dark sky network! Daragh Quill Roads Management Office Daragh Quill is a local authority engineer who is leading a shared service team with the Road Management Office (RMO) whose role was to develop a business case which identified options for local authorities to achieve energy savings targets while also meeting other local authority public lighting service efficiency objectives. He subsequently led the RMO team to project manage and coordinate the sector into delivering the PLEEP (Public Lighting Energy Efficiency Project) into regionalised contracts. He has thirty years’ experience working for engineering consultants delivering a wide variety of transport infrastructure projects in particular relating to bridge structures. From 2007 - 2016 he was TII (Transport Infrastructure Ireland) regional bridge manager for the South West region. Susan Callaghan - Divisional Ecologist - National Parks and Wildlife Service Susan Callaghan works as Divisional Ecologist with the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS), Dept. of Housing, Local Government and Heritage. She has worked with NPWS in the roles of Education Officer, Conservation Ranger, District Conservation Officer and has been Divisional Ecologist in the Western Division since 2019. She has been based in the Mayo area for the past 20 years and has been involved in the management of Wild Nephin Ballycroy National Park and the establishment of Mayo Dark Sky Park. Her current role as Divisional Ecologist focuses primarily on ecological assessment and providing advice on the implications of works such as infrastructure development, capital projects and farm activities on nature conservation from landscape to farm level including implications for European designated sites and protected species. Talk Title “National Guidance on lighting for ecologically sensitive area” “National Guidance on lighting for ecologically sensitive area” Irish National policy and guidance on lighting in ecologically sensitive areas is lacking. I hope to ‘shine a light’ on some of these areas and consider how national guidance and ecological assessment can become robust and appropriate measures to ensure that lighting impacts are minimised on the natural world. Dr Niall Smith MTU Head of Research and Head of MTU Blackrock Castle Observatory Niall is the Founder-Director of the internationally award-winning Blackrock Castle Observatory. In 2017, Niall was the host Director for the International Space University Space Studies Programme which is the largest conference programme ever to come to Cork, lasting a total of 9 weeks and involving over 320 global space experts. Niall’s research focuses on space topics including ultra high precision photometry and the uses of small satellites in low earth orbit for a wide range of functions from high resolution imaging to space cybersecurity to rural broadband. He was the Higher Education representative on the National Steering Group for the Irish Government’s recently published Space Strategy for Enterprise and considers Space 4.0 to be a significant opportunity for the Irish business community.

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