History of Irish Astrophysics

Astrophysics in Ireland has a long and varied history, with Ireland home to Newgrange, one of the oldest solar observatories in the world and also the home of the “Leviathan of Parsonstown”, which was the largest telescope in the world in the late 1800’s. There is also a distinguished history of design and innovation, with the Grubb Telescope Company (based in Dublin) making some of the largest telescopes in the world in the 19th Century. There is also a long history of astrophysical discovery at Armagh, Birr Castle and Dunsink Observatories, despite the effects of Irish weather.