Our guest country of honor: Ireland

Every year NightScapades invites a country to come and present its starry sky reserve. For its first edition in Lourdes, NightScapades will receive the international star sky reserve of Kerry in Ireland.

The Kerry International Dark Sky Preserve is located on the Iveragh Peninsula, which has approximately 4,000 residents, and includes approximately 700 square kilometers of territory along the Wild Atlantic Way Trail. Its location between the Kerry Mountains and the Atlantic Ocean offers natural protection against light pollution.

The night sky has captivated the Irish for millennia. Nearly 6,000 years ago, the Neolithic inhabitants of the Iveragh Peninsula built stone monuments incorporating alignments to follow the cycles of the Sun, Moon and stars. According to some experts, ancient Ogham inscriptions found in the area could represent celestial observations.