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ET, phone … Offaly? Scientist says ‘it’s virtually certain alien life will be found’ and they could first be detected in Birr

Radio telescope in midlands town could be crucial to receive ‘first contact’, says Nasa academic

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The character ET from the Steven Spielberg movie

The character ET from the Steven Spielberg movie

The character ET from the Steven Spielberg movie

When ET calls, the phone could be picked up in Offaly .

It is “virtually certain” that life beyond Earth will be found within a decade, and an Irish telescope at Birr Castle, Co Offaly, could be the first to detect a signal from an extra-terrestrial intelligence.


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