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What is the stars?

April 17 at 7:00 pm


Star-gazing on the farm is a shared pastime for Debbie and her uncle Billy in the novel Snowflake. Come along to Dunsink observatory for readings by the author, Louise Nealon. Staff from the observatory will be on hand to tell us about the stars and there will be music performances from harpist Siobhan Armstrong.  This event will also include a visit to the South Dome home of the Grubb telescope.

Siobhán Armstrong is one of Europe’s foremost harpists playing historical music on reconstructions of medieval to baroque harps. She performs and records with many of Europe’s most prestigious soloists, orchestras and opera companies, and also collaborates with some of Ireland’s best-known traditional-music performers. Siobhán is the founding director of The Historical Harp Society of Ireland, spearheading the international rediscovery of Ireland’s ancient harp, strung in brass wires. The debut recording of her ensemble, The Irish Consort—Music, Ireland and the Sixteenth Century—has shed light on a neglected century in Irish music, and was one of The Irish Times’ top five international Classical Music picks of 2021.

Transport can be arranged if necessary, please email

Tickets will be available to book from 4th April.




April 17
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Dunsink Observatory
Dunsink Lane
Dublin 15, Ireland
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