Ireland has regular rocket launches at Greencastle in Co Donegal and Tuam in Co Galway. The launches are family events, and are organised by the Irish Rocketry Society. There are also rocket launches in Cork by the UCC Aeronautics and Rocketry Group.
These rockets range from small “A-class” motors to high-power rockets capable of travelling thousands of feet into the sky at supersonic speeds. One of the largest sports rockets in Ireland is called the BFM (Big Fat Missile)…
Information for teachers
The Irish Rocketry Society’s website has plenty of useful resources for learning how rockets are constructed, fly and are recovered after flight.
It also has useful information for primary and secondary school teachers on how to use rockets to introduce science in a safe and exciting way in class, and has links to suppliers of rocket parts.
ESERO Ireland, the European Space Education Resource Office, also has plenty of useful links to space-related information in the classroom.
Eric Stenzel, one of the founders of the Irish branch of the Tripoli Rocketry Association, says his association uses the rocket launches to foster schoolchildren’s interest in science.
In 2009 Eric set a new record for the largest Irish rocket ever launched. His 17-foot rocket reached an altitude of 1,000 feet from a site at Cloonkeen, near Tuam, Co Galway. It then activated a parachute and returned to earth safely.
Check out one of the Irish Rocketry Society’s regular rocket launch sites – the Maritime Museum & Planetarium at Greencastle in Co Donegal.
Read about upcoming events for teachers and members of the public at ESERO.ie, the European Space Education Research Office.