Ireland Needs to Get Darker

“The lights aren’t yet going out all over Europe, but Ireland could become a darker place if the government takes the advice of an environmental group that wants the country to follow Rome’s example and dim urban lighting.
Friends of the Irish Environment (FIE) has launched a Dark Skies campaign after the Italian capital reduced its public lighting to save energy and make the night sky more visible.”

The Sunday Times – Ireland: Ireland urged to darken its lightness
This is something I’ve noticed when travelling, and arriving by air in cities around the world. Dublin is a more brightly lit city than most. It’s used to baffle me at first – why were the streets of Auckland or Barcelona so dark?

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Writer, photographer, environmental campaigner and "known troublemaker" Dave Walsh is the founder of, described both as "possibly the most arrogant and depraved website to be found either side of the majestic Shannon River", and "the nicest website circulating in Ireland". Half Irishman, half-bicycle. He lives in southern Irish city of Barcelona.

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