Welcome to the Irish Low Frequency Array (I-LOFAR) website. With the award of €1.4 million from Science Foundation Ireland, we are building an cutting-edge radio telescope in Birr Castle in the midlands of Ireland, which will connect Ireland to the International LOFAR Telescope. LOFAR will give new views of the Universe and inspire young scientists and engineers. I-LOFAR are seeking Donors to support this exciting project, following generous donations from Dermot Desmond, Denis O’Brien and Joe Hogan. Please contact Professor Peter Gallagher for further details or become a donor.
LOFAR is a next-generation radio telescope that is currently being deployed across Europe, with stations already operating in the Netherlands, Germany, Sweden, the UK and France. The impact of LOFAR on a wide range of astrophysical topics will be immense; it will revolutionize studies into transient stars and galaxies; conduct the first studies into the early Universe after the Big Bang, complete the most extensive surveys of galaxies at low frequencies; and provide a new insight into the Sun-Earth connection. LOFAR will have applications in geophysics, meteorology, and agriculture.
The Irish LOFAR station (I-LOFAR) will not only bring Irish researchers to the forefront of astrophysics and ICT research, but will provide a platform for educational outreach in mathematics, physics, and technology to students of all ages. I-LOFAR will result in Birr becoming a leading E-Town, therefore enhancing the area’s reputation as an attractive location for ICT-based companies, and the accompanying visitor attractions will be pivotal in promoting science education and tourism in the Irish midlands. These are both strategic goals of the Irish Government's Rural Development Programme (2007-2013).