Northern Lights ignite Irish skies with spectacular displays (photos)

28 Feb 2014

The Northern Lights provide a backdrop for Dunluce Castle in Co Antrim last night. Photo by Martina Gardiner Photography

Northern Lights glittered across skies over northern parts of Ireland last night, dazzling skywatchers to the extent #nothernlights trended on Twitter, where users shared snaps of the Aurora Borealis over the island.

The Northern Lights also rippled their way over the UK night last. In Ireland, photographers snapped shots of the cosmic red and green light show in Co Donegal and Northern Ireland, and there have even been reports of the Northern Lights being visible as far south as Co Kerry.

Aurora Borealis are the result of electrically charged particles from the sun that enter the Earth’s atmosphere colliding with gas molecules in the atmosphere, according to The Northern Lights Centre. The subsequent energy from these collisions are given off as light.

The light show – which is known as Aurora Borealis in the northern hemisphere and Aurora Australis in the southern hemisphere – are usually most visible above the Earth’s magnetic north and south poles.

Here’s a collection of photos from last night’s Northern Lights display over Ireland that Twitter users shared on the microblogging site:

Derry City

Over Derry City. Photo by Owen Anderson

Northern Lights

Photo by Martin McKenna

Elephant Rock

Elephant Rock, Co Antrim. Photo by Stephen Wallace


Fanad, Co Donegal. Photo by Rita Wilson


Inishowen, Co Donegal. Photo by Brendan Diver


Photo by

Malin Head

Malin Head, Co Donegal. Photo by Patryk Sadowski

Northern Ireland

Over Northern Ireland

Rathlin Island

Rathlin Island, Co Antrim. Tweeted by @prowldawg

Ireland Northern Lights

Tweeted by @darrenbhoy

Giant's Causeway

The Giant’s Causeway, Co Antrim. Photo by Martina Gardiner Photography

Dublin lights

There’s one in every crowd.

Tina Costanza was a journalist and sub-editor at Silicon Republic