Schull Planetarium, part of the local Community College, is the only Planetarium in the Republic of Ireland and provides a unique educational resource.

On the Planetarium's 8 metre dome, the Carl Zeiss single sphere sky projector shows an accurate representation of the night sky from anywhere in the northern hemisphere.

Located in the seaside village of Schull in West Cork, the 70 seat Planetarium has a beautiful situation beside the harbour and in the shadow of Mount Gabriel. Known primarily for its fishing and sailing, Schull is the location of the Fastnet International Schools Regatta.

The Planetarium came to be built in Schull due to the largesse of the late Herr Josef Menke, a German industrialist with a keen interest in astronomy. The Menke family were frequent visitors to Schull and felt, like so many others, the area's distinctive charm. Such was Schull's appeal to Herr Menke that he undertook to provide the community with a planetarium projector, if the community would provide the building to house it.

The task was accomplished through the joint efforts of the Cork Vocational Education Committee (VEC) and Schull Development Association, with financial support from Bord Fáilte, the National Lottery, the West Cork Development Association and Cork County Council. The Planetarium was opened on the 9th of March 1989, by the then President of Ireland, Dr. Patrick Hillary and has since provided a sterling service to local and visiting astronomers, as well as people who just want to learn a little about the night sky .

Be sure to take in one of the Star Shows during your holiday!

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