17 Jan: SDAS Meeting: "The Sun and Solar Observing" by Michael O'Connell, Chairperson of the Irish Federation of Astronomical Societies ( www.irishastronomy.org ). All are welcome on the night, at Gonzaga College, Ranelagh, Dublin at 8pm.
17 Jan, 19.30: Professor Monica Grady (formerly Natural History Museum, now Open University, and recent Royal Institution Christmas Lecturer) is giving a talk to the Irish Geological Association on meteorites. It is aimed at a general audience, and will take place in the Davis Theatre, Arts Building, TCD (off Nassau Street entrance)
18 Jan 17.00 for 17.30 -- Official launch of the International Year of Planet Earth in Dublin Castle. Followed by public lecture. More details at www.planetearth.ie, or http://www.science.ie/EN/index.cfm/section/events/page/eventPage/event_key/181
21 Jan -- IAS LECTURE: Dr Andy McCrea of the Irish Astronomical Association will give a talk to the IAS titled "Andy's Astronomical Adventures", at Dunsink Observatory at 8pm. More details on www.irishastrosoc.org
23 Jan: The next IAA public lecture will be on Wednesday 23 January, at 7.30 p.m. sharp, in the Bell Lecture Theatre, Physics Building, Queen's University, Belfast (main campus). Title "Photons from the Invisible" (the study of very high energy emitting objects, such as X-ray & Gamma Ray sources, including colliding neutron stars & Black Holes) The speaker will be Dr Paul Callanan from UCC. Admission free, including light refreshments.
25 - 26 Jan: Galway Astronomy Festival: Galway Astronomy Club will hold their annual Festival of Astronomy on the weekend of January 25/26 at the Westwood House Hotel, Dangan, Newcastle, Galway city. The programme always has excellent lectures and includes a telescope building workshop, and a tour of the NUI Galway Observatory. More details at www.galwayastronomyclub.ie.
27 Jan: The next World AstroCast event scheduled for the 27th Jan. All you need is a PC, Broadband and a sound system of some sort. You can view from home early that morning. See attached.
4 February, 12.00, and 14.00; RDS, Dublin 4: Tyndall Lecture on Physics for Schools: "Living with a star", by Dr. Robert W. Walsh (originally from Belfast). Aimed at transition year students and above. More details at http://www.science.ie/EN/index.cfm/section/events/page/eventPage/event_key/170