The Horsehead Nebula, as observed from the Kerry International Dark-Sky Reserve, one of only three dark-sky reserves in the world. Photograph: George Doyle.

Plans for a once-off mobile observatory, the first of its kind in Europe, are under way in Kerry. The observatory would operate day and night in all w(...)

 Prof Mark Ferguson  of Science Foundation Ireland: “The top research stars are attractive to companies and other researchers who want to work with them.” Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

A key element of Science Foundation Ireland’s (SFI) strategy to establish Ireland as a location for world-class research is the development of a pool (...)

Prof Eoin O’Reilly, newly appointed chief scientific officer at the Tyndall Institute, in Cork: “What I’m particularly excited about, however, is having a part to play in developing new talent.” Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

There is perhaps nothing more satisfying (or frustrating) for a scientist than to see a once widely disputed theory they developed eventually becom(...)