Northern Lights spotted over Derry and Donegal

The Northern Lights photographed by Dallan Doherty on St Patrick's Night at Carrickabraghy Castle, Isle of Doagh, Inishowen
The Northern Lights photographed by Dallan Doherty on St Patrick's Night at Carrickabraghy Castle, Isle of Doagh, Inishowen
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Stargazers, late night St. Patrick’s Day revellers and photographers were treated to an amazing glimpse of the Northern Lights in Derry and Donegal on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The Northern Lights, which are also known as the Aurora Borealis, were seen in the skies above the outskirts of the city and amateur photographer, Dallan Doherty, sent three photographs of the display over the Isle of Doagh in Inishowen.

The Northern Lights are best seen in countries such as Iceland, Canada, Norway and Finland but recent years they have been spotted quite clearly off the North coast of Ireland.

The Northern Lights are a natural occurrence and take place as a result of explosions from the sun.

The Northern Lights photographed by Dallan Doherty on St Patrick's Night at Carrickabraghy Castle, Isle of Doagh, Inishowen.

The Northern Lights photographed by Dallan Doherty on St Patrick's Night at Carrickabraghy Castle, Isle of Doagh, Inishowen.

Dallan Doherty took this spectacular photo of the Northern Lights at Carrickabraghy Castle, Isle of Doagh, Inishowen on St Patrick's Night.

Dallan Doherty took this spectacular photo of the Northern Lights at Carrickabraghy Castle, Isle of Doagh, Inishowen on St Patrick's Night.