Ready for Space Explorers!

This article was published in Irish Examiner by Peter Gallagher on June 5th, 2018

On June 5, 2018 we completed the refurbishment of our new I-LOFAR Education Centre & Control Room at the Rosse Observatory, Birr Castle, Co. Offaly.


 The Education Centre will be used to host groups of school children, university students, researchers, and tour groups interested in learning about the fascinating science and engineering of I-LOFAR. The Control Room contains computers to control I-LOFAR remotely and to processes the huge volumes of data that the array generates.We’ve come a long way from the “Sheep Shed Control Room”!

We’re on the road to LOFAR … come on inside.Groups or schools wishing to visit I-LOFAR can contact the reception at Birr Castle Gardens & Science Centre.The refurbishment was carried out by building contracts Bracken & Sons (Offaly), Cooney Architects, consultant engineers Fitzsim, Doyle & Associates, and project managed by Trinity College Dublin Estates & Facilities.Funding for the project has been provided by the Rural Economic Development Zone (REDZ), Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, supported by Offaly County Council and the Offaly Local Enterprise Office.

The I-LOFAR Education Centre (June 2018).

TCD’s Joe McCauley and Eoin Carley in the I-LOFAR Control Room (June 2018).

The Mt. Palmer Barn (January 2014). What a mess!

“The Sheep Shed Control Room” (July 2010). The sheep are now long gone!

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