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£500K Funding Boosts Davagh Dark Skies

Visitor Attractions, Local Council, Mid Ulster

Posted by Tourism NI

Published February 14, 2018

A funding investment of £500K from the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) Rural Tourism Scheme under the Rural Development Programme 2014-2020 has boosted plans to create Northern Ireland’s only ‘Dark Sky Observatory’ at Davagh Forest near Cookstown.

£500K Funding Boosts Davagh Dark Skies

Davagh Forest, Co. Tyrone

The new star-gazing experience, to include a visitor centre, complete with a virtual reality exhibition and telescope, is being developed by Mid Ulster District Council at a total investment of over £1M.

To be sited close to the ancient Beaghmore Stone Circles, at the foot of the Sperrin mountains, the new centre is scheduled to open in spring 2019, and will give visitors a unique opportunity to experience the night sky without light pollution.

Speaking after the funding announcement, Chair of the Council, Councillor Kim Ashton, said:

“This is one of the most exciting, innovative and progressive tourism development projects of recent times and it is at the core of our work to showcase this part of the country as the heart of ancient Ulster."

The ‘Davagh Dark Skies’ project is due to commence in March of this year.

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