Tallafest 2015

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The family spent the Friday night in Grandads house up in Dublin, as I had an early start on Saturday morning, well not exactly early, but it would have been if I had to drive up to Dublin that morning. I first heard about the Tallafest as a result of the two articles I did on St. Colmcille’s Well and Ballymount Castle for the Tallaght Echo. In fact it was a member of Tallaght Community Council  and a fellow photographer Declan Corrigan whom tipped me off about the event. Two particular events where of great interest to me. The first concerned a nature walk around the Priory Gardens. I have being trying to arrange access to these hidden gardens ever since I wrote about Tallaght Castle back in 2013. The main reason for my interest here was that they were said to contain a Bullaun Stone. As part of the festival the Tower of St. Maelruan’s was to be opened to the public. Some of you might remember I wrote about this during a series of article I did on the Tallaght area back in 2013.

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James (Golden Eagle)

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So things kicked off at about midday on the grounds of the priory, there was the usual stalls selling their wares along with ice cream vans and food vendors, but the first thing of interest for me was the birds of Prey display by the lovely folks of Woodlands Falconry whom were ever so hospitable. I was invited into the enclosed display area and got some really cool shots and learned so much about these stunning birds, many of whom are only recently being reintroduced into the wild in Ireland. So I shall be dedicating a full piece on this later on this week. Over at the main stage the official opening was held with a grand release of balloons and a cracking performance from Sonna Samba. Amongst the crowd I spotted Stuart and Kevin from the Minions getting up to their usual antics. There was a fine display of really cool cars and motor cycles. Greenhill’s Archery had a display and I just had to put the camera aside and have a go. Surprisingly, it’s been about ten years since I have fired a bow and my grouping was still pretty damn good. There were also some great displays from the local rugby and Taekwondo clubs and even the local Scouts had a display with marshmallows getting toasted on the fire. Obviously I took interest in a particular stall which had a number of interesting medieval weapons and armour on display. Times like this that I really miss the old re-enactment days.

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Sonna Samba

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By 2 pm it was time for the nature walk with Christopher Moriarty and we were led into the inner sanctum of the Priory and into the hidden gardens to the rear. As it happened, there were only three people whom showed up for this tour, but all the better for me I thought to myself. It was a really interesting walk around the almost secret garden, which was a nice mix of History and Nature. And I finally found my elusive Bullaun stone, but I will go into more detail on this in another post.

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There was so much more going on at the festival than I shot on the day, but my primary concern was to ensure I got my Priory garden and Maelruains Tower in the bag that I skipped over quite a bit. I should probably have brought the kids along whom would have had a ball, but they were off with their Mum and Grandad for the day. I was born and raised in Tallaght so it was great to see such a brilliantly organised festival which really showed off the community spirit of area. It’s a shame it gets so much negative attention in the media sometimes. And so moving on I left the grounds of the priory and headed up the road to the grounds of St. Maelruan’s Church, in order to complete my final goal of the day, and climb the Tower. About half way up, tragedy struck and the shutter on my camera seized up, so I had to resort to using my HTC smart phone to capture the remaining shots. Again I will do a full post on the Tower soon so in the mean time I hope you enjoy the images of the Festival. I’m already looking forward to next year’s event.

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About edmooneyphotography

Photographer, Blogger, Ruinhunter, with an unhealthy obsession for history, mythology and the arcane.
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55 Responses to Tallafest 2015

  1. John says:

    Lovely photos as always! I didn’t know American cars are fancied there, and darn good ones too. I drove the Trans Am cars while in high School in the late 1970’s and miss these ‘real cars’. Bold design back up with bold power under the hood (bonnet).

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  2. ramblingsofaperforatedmind says:

    I really like the banner…..is it quilted?

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  3. wildninja says:

    I had no idea there were Trans Ams with rebel flags in Ireland. This is a great collection of photos. And the difference between our festivals here in America and yours there– you have real castles!

    This reminded me of the scene in Billy Madison in which he does what was cool back in our day but not so much when that movie was made, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ZjviMmXIY8.

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    • LOL, it was most certainly interesting to see after all the media attention the flag was getting in the media recently.I was always more of a bike guy, but these muscle cars are really cool too. 🙂


      • wildninja says:

        Because one racist murderer glorified the flag before his killing spree, calls for removing the Confederate flag go out all over the nation. To many it just represents their Southern heritage, not slavery, not racism.

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        • I agree completely, and now most TV stations wont show the Dukes anymore. I might be mistaken, but I always thought that this was the battle flag of the southern states, a symbol of rebellion against the oppression of the northern states. Did,nt the Confederates have three different national flags?


  4. archecotech says:

    Great post, loved seeing the face of the man behind the blog.


  5. beetleypete says:

    Looks like a grand day out, Ed. I like the muscle cars too. I always wanted to own a Dodge Charger, back in the day.
    Excellent eagle close-up too.
    Best wishes, Pete.


  6. Ali Isaac says:

    You found St Mael-whatsisfaces ancient yew tree, didn’t you???!!! I was reading about it whilst researching today’s yew tree post! Wow! Can’t wait to see your pics! 😀

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  7. What a great day Ed. Nice to see fete’s and festivals like this are making a come back. We are getting them more and more around these parts as each year passes. It’s good to see a return to the past.
    Well done!

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    • Cheers Cameron, It sure is nice to see, gives a great sense to community. I was involved for a few years in one in my town. But sadly the last few years could not go ahead as their were not enough volunteers to help organize it 🙂


  8. Brilliant Ed, a very enjoyable read.

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    • Thanks Declan, it all nearly went to sh7t in Maelruains. The shutter on my camera just siezed 😦
      So the last few shots were taken on my phone. It was a fantastic day, I only wish that I had gotten to see more.
      It was a credit to you all, Ill be bringing the kids back up next year 🙂


  9. That just looks like loads of fun. Oh, and that first classic car. I swoon.

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  10. looks like fun!!! btw I’m in Dublin now!! after a fabulous time on Skye. Internet connections have been very poor for me though!

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  11. colonialist says:

    Most interesting, throughout!
    Also, it inspired me:
    I must take out my too-neglected bow
    And give to archery another go!

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  12. Adrian Krucker says:

    Hi Ed! Thanks for stopping by at my blog and the like on ‘Combining photography and cycling … but now comes the question!’. Just looked at your nice page. Really interesting! BTW there are lots of ruins (roman and medieval) near the site where I took that picture … Have a nice day! Adrian

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  14. sl4lifestyle says:

    I would love to go to Ireland. Nice pics. I work together with my husband and photographer Enric. You liked his picture in beingaphotographer. I am a journalist. Looking forward seeing more of your blog.
    Greetings from Germany.

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