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About The Club:

The Limerick Astronomy Club (LAC), was founded on 6th Feb 1986. From the the mid 1990s until 2018 the club was known as the Shannonside Astronomy club (SAC) but we eventualy decide to revert to our original name. LAC is composed of members who share a common interest in the various aspects of astronomy from Limerick, Clare, Tipperary and further afield. We run a bulletin board for people to discuss astronomical related subjects.

We were a founding member of IFAS (The Irish Federation of Astronomical Societies). The federation encompasses clubs and societies from all over the island of Ireland with a view to mutual benefit and co-operation. The club also runs an excellent Bulletin Boards section which is the 'online' hub of astronomy in Ireland. It's a friendly place to chat with other amateur astronomers of all levels about equipment, events, astrophotography and the sky.

As part of our commitment to bringing astronomy to the public in the region, we provide talks for Schools, etc., and arrange occasional public gatherings for major celestial events at O'Callaghans strand in Limerick. The main clubs activities include;

  1. Monthly Club Meetings

    Meetings are held on the first Thursday of every month (except January where it is the second Thursday).They normally take the form of the following,

    Sort discussion on astronomy related news and events
    Short presentation detailing the night sky for the coming month (Starrynight)
    Tea break with light refreshments (a great chance to chat and mingle)
    Main speakers talk

    The topics are varied and are presented by both our own members and by the occasional guest speaker. New members are always welcome to come and join us. 

  2. Observing Sessions

    Observation sessions are organized to coincide with various eventsor clear nights on a weekend night. The club has a 12" Dobsonian telescopea and a Meade 10" Schmidt Cassegrain telescope, our members also bring their own instruments. We usually observe, weather permitting of course, from one of a few dark sky sites around Limerick, from the Burren carpark in county Clare and O'Callaghans strand in Limerick city.

  3. Weekly Newspaper Articles

    For a  number of years, Shannonside Astronomy Club had  been submitting an article to the limerick leader newspaper for weekly publication in a special feature called 'Starscape'
    Click here to search or read the articles.

  4. Yearly Starparties

    Each year the club runs an annual StarParty in the Burren and events at O'Callaghans strand in Limerick. Keep an eye on the Club News page for upcoming events.  

  5. The current LAC  Constitution

    The club has a fully democratically electable committee and has a non profit ethos. It's run by a group of enthusiastic volunteers who freely give up their time and efforts.
    All club funds are channelled back into the club interms of equipment for the benifit of the club and other expenses such as insurance and room rental.