Donegal family fly to Dallas to see the total solar eclipse

Spectators got to see the sun’s corona, or outer atmosphere, which is usually obscured by the bright face of the sun. Photo taken by Dempsey Byrne using a Dwarf Lab 2 Smart Telescope.

By Dionne Meehan

A DONEGAL family who travelled to Dallas, Texas to see Monday’s solar eclipse has described the experience as “absolutely unbelievable”.


Born and raised in the village of Mountcharles, the Byrne family, who are best known for their family band ‘The Byrne Brothers’, relocated to Florida six years ago.

Now performing at festivals all over America, Tommy Byrne made the decision to home-school his sons Luca, Finn and Dempsey.

Getting creative when it comes to his “home-schooling projects”, this week Tommy took it to another level.

Taking a two and a half hour flight from Florida to Dallas, Tommy and his youngest son Dempsey joined the “millions” hoping to catch a glimpse of Monday’s total solar eclipse.

A total solar eclipse happens when the moon passes between the sun and Earth, completely blocking the face of the sun.

Lucky to witness this natural phenomenon, Tommy told the Donegal News that he was “absolutely blown away” by the whole experience.

“When it goes to totality you look up and see the blackest black.


“It is just absolutely unbelievable, some kind of heavenly thing that I never seen before.

“It was really, really emotional and really amazing,” he said.

Another total solar eclipse won’t be visible from the United States until 2044.

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