Initial results from the Irish case study on the sustainability of coastal tourism were presented by Dr Daniel Norton at 14th European Symposium for the Protection of the Night Sky in Mulranney, Co. Mayo in Ireland on the 3rd – 5th November 2019.
The location of the event was chosen as it was close to one of Ireland’s two dark sky areas. Both dark sky locations in Ireland are along the MOSES case study area of the Wild Atlantic Way.
The Wild Atlantic Way objective is to promote a touring route along the West coast of Ireland aiming to attract more visitors to this region. This may put pressure on the coastal environment through increased development if such development does adapt sustainable measures to reduce its impact on the coastal environment. For dark skies, the main pollutant is excess light pollution which can affect wildlife and astrotourism.
Part of the draw of the Wild Atlantic Way is the remoteness and isolation and increased light pollution may take away from this experience for both tourist and residents. Presenting at this conference also allowed the work of MOSES to be highlighted to other stakeholders in the case study area including locals who are resident in the region.