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Dream Big- Space, Limerick and two men’s Quest to Reach for the Stars

Millennium Theatre, Limerick October 5, 2016 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Dream Big event

Its the 1960’s and in Limerick, 9yr old Cyril Bennis meets John Glenn, NASA astronaut and first American to orbit earth. It changes the course of his life forever. Meanwhile, across the Atlantic, fighter pilot and young NASA astronaut Al Worden watches the first moon landing and wonders if his time will ever come.

In 1971 Col. Worden, orbited the moon as part of NASA’s iconic Apollo programme and Cyril will be one of the first Irish people to orbit earth on XCor’s commercial spacecraft Lynx II in the coming months. How did they do it?

Join Dr. Niamh Shaw as she chats with these space explorers as they tell their story of getting to space. A family event celebrating Limerick’s involvement in space exploration past, present & future which encourage us to never give up on our dreams.


Created by Niamh Shaw, LIT, Lough Gur & CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory



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