Outing to Lough Bray/Glencree, Co Wicklow

This Tuesday, August 4th, the TPS outing is to Lough Bray near Glencree in Wicklow.  Lough Bray is a great example of a corrie lake just a short drive into the Wicklow Mountains!

Nearby is the small village of Glencree which is home to a World War II German military graveyard – well worth a visit!

As usual, meet in Molloy’s car park at 7.30pm sharp!  There may be midges, so insect repellent may come in handy and don’t forget your camera!

Hook Head and its world famous light house in Wexford will be the destination for August’s day trip.  This will take place on Sunday, August 30th just before we begin our club meetings again in September!

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Straffan Butterfly Farm and the South Great Bull Wall

This Sunday, July  26th we are off to Straffan Butterfly Farm, Straffan, Kildare.  This has become an annual outing each summer over the last few years, but sadly, this will be the last visit as the butterfly farm is closing down after this season.

Des and Iris have always generously opened the doors of the Butterfly Farm to TPS members each year and we would like to thank them and wish them the very best of luck in the future!

The Butterfly Farm is open to the public from 10am, but we can get in an hour earlier at 9am.  We’re meeting in Molloy’s car park for 8am and leaving promptly!  Dress lightly as the butterfly house is extremely warm and humid.  It is advisable to bring a change of shirt as you will perspire inside!

The humidity will fog up the camera lenses at first but they will become acclimatised after a few minutes.  A good tip to prevent this from happening is to use hand warmers to heat up the lens body before going in.

Next Tuesday, July 28th our evening outing is to the South Great Bull Wall.  Here you can enjoy the long walk to Poolbeg Lighthouse and photograph the famous Poolbeg chimneys.

Meeting Tuesday evening at 7.30pm sharp!

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Club Outing to Cloughlea, Co Wicklow – July 21st

This Tuesday, July 21st, we’re going to picturesque Cloughlea, near Manor Kilbride, Co Wicklow.  The Cloughlea river flows under the stone bridge here and cascades down a series of small waterfalls before joining the River Liffey.  The river is surrounded by tress and is overlooked by St John’s Church.  A perfect spot to practice blurred water shots with a slow shutter speed!  Try not to fall in :)

Meet in Molloy’s car park at 7.30pm sharp.  Then take the N81 towards Blessington.  After about 12km turn left onto the R759 (signposted for Roundwood, Manor Kilbride and Sally Gap) and just opposite a craft shop, Tramway Treasures and Crafts.  After about another 2.5km turn left, staying on the R759, just before entering Manor Kilbride.  The turn is signposted for Sally Gap and Roundwood.  Follow the road for about 4km and you’ll come to the bridge on a sharp right bend and you’re there!

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TPS Outing to Howth Harbour – July 14th

Grab your cameras for Tuesday, July 14th’s club outing to Howth Harbour, Dublin.  Howth is a hugely popular destination, especially during the summer.  There are plenty of boats to photograph, a lighthouse, seagulls and maybe even seals as they follow the fishing boats into the harbour!  Howth Harbour is also usually a good spot to capture sunsets.  Sunset on Tuesday is at 9.46pm so stick around weather permitting for a nice sunset!

Meet in Molloy’s car park on Tuesday at 7.30pm sharp!

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July 7th – Blessington Lakes/Valleymount

Our first outing of July is to Blessington Lakes near Valleymount!  The bridge crossing the lake there is popular for photographers and of course you’re surrounded by the beautiful Wicklow countryside!

Meet in Molloy’s car park at 7.30pm sharp on Tuesday, July 7th!

dogfight white tailed eagles - Neil O'Reilly

Nature: Dogfight Whitetailed Eagles by Neil O’Reilly

Room with a view - Paula Banks

Travel: Room with a View by Paula Banks

tales from the promised land - Paul Power

Open: Tales from the Promised Land by Paul Power

Congratulations to TPS members, Neil O’Reilly, Paula Banks and Paul Power on becoming finalists in the Irish Times Amateur Photographer of the Year competition with their photographs below entered into the Nature, Travel and Open sections respectively .

It’s a great achievement for all three members and we’re very proud that the Tallaght Photographic Society has such a high degree of photographic talent in it’s members!

For more examples of members’ photographs, you just have to click on the link to the right to visit the Tallaght Photographic Society Flickr page!

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TPS outings to the Rock of Dunamase and Bull Island

This Sunday, June 28th, we’re off on a club outing to the Rock of Dunamase in Co Laois.  On the Rock stands the ruins of a 12th century castle which overlooks the surrounding Laois landscape!  We’ll be leaving early to avoid other visitors to the site so are meeting in Molloy’s car park at 9am sharp on Sunday morning!  All are welcome :)

Don’t let bad weather put you off going as dark clouds may add to the atmosphere over the ruins – but dress for the weather and be prepared for rain!

On Tuesday, June 30th our outing is to Bull Island and the North Bull Wall.  There is also Dollymount Strand and its grassy sand dunes as an option.  We’re meeting as usual, in Molloy’s car park on Tuesday evening, 7.30pm sharp to car pool.

Don’t forget your camera :)

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Club Outing Tuesday June 23rd – Dublin City

We’re going urban on our outing this Tuesday, June 23rd with a visit to Dublin City’s Samuel Beckett Bridge and the Conference.  There is also the colourful Windmill Lane nearby with its brightly graffitied walls and the Grand Canal Basin.

Meet in Molloy’s car park for 7.30pm departure and have fun!

On Sunday, June 28th, we’re off to the Rock of Dunamase in Laois for a day outing.  Meet in Molloy’s car park at 9am and get there before the tourists.  The Rock is the location of the ruins of a 12th century castle above the Laois landscape.  Later we can head to nearby Stradbally for a coffee before heading home!

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Tuesday, June 16th – Dalkey

We’re back to the sea side on our club outing this Tuesday, June 16th with a trip to Dalkey, Co Dublin.  At Dalkey we have the choice of Bullock Harbour, Colliemore Harbour and Dillon Park at the end of Colliemore Road.  At Bullock Harbour you might have the opportunity to photograph dusk over Dun Laoghaire or you can see Dalkey Island from Colliemore Harbour and Dillon Park.

As usual we meet at Molloy’s car park to car pool and leave at 7.30pm.

Don’t forget to enter the Tallaght Photographic Society Flickr group club outing photo competition.  Click our Flickr Group for more details!

We had a great time last Sunday, June 7th on our day trip at the Saltees in Wexford.  15 members turned up for what turned out to be a fantastic day.  The weather was great and we got some awesome photos of puffins, gannets and other seabirds.

We can look forward to another day trip on Sunday, June 28th to the Rock of Dunamase in Laois.  Located between Portlaoise and Stradbally, the Rock stands about 150 feet above the surrounding landscape and is home to the ruins of a 12th century castle.

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Saltee Islands Trip and the Hellfire Club!

Avast me hearties!

This Sunday, June 7th, we set sail for the Saltee Islands in search of photographic treasures!  Our intrepid adventure will begin in Molloy’s car park on Sunday morning.

We must leave at 6.45am at the very latest as the boat leaves Kilmore Quay at 9am and it’s at least a 2 hour drive there.  If you’re not there by 6.45 you will miss the trip!  Please arrive early.

The sea be a cruel mistress so we recommend that you bring a plastic refuse bag to keep your cameras and equipment dry on the boat.  If the sea is choppy, waves may splash onto the boat.  Dress comfortably and bring a raincoat just in case but so far, the weather looks to be dry for Sunday.  Wear walking boots or wellingtons as you might have to get your feet wet getting off the boat onto the island.  Bring a packed lunch and something to drink – a flagon of rum, yarrgh!.  We will be on the island for about 5 hours and there are no shops or cafés on the island and also no toilets!  The boat should return at about 3pm to pick us up and bring us back to Kilmore Quay and then we head for home!

Our Tuesday club outing on Tuesday, June 9th is to the Hellfire Club on Montpellier Hill at the foot of the Dublin Mountains.  From here there is a terrific view of Dublin and if we’re lucky we may get to photograph a smashing sunset!

Meet in Molloy’s car park for 7.30pm on Tuesday evening and everyone is welcome!

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Summer at the Tallaght Photographic Society

The Tallaght Photographic Society have come to the end of another season.  There will be no more club meetings until September.  However it does mean the beginning of our summer outings for anyone who wants to come along!

Each Tuesday evening, beginning Tuesday, June 2nd, we will meet in the car park of Molloy’s pub in Tallaght and head out on a short photo trip to some local place of photographic interest.  To make the most of the summer evenings we aim to leave at 7.30pm sharp.  We are beginning this summer’s outings with a trip to the seaside so we’re off to Bray!  See you in Molloy’s car park on Tuesday!

Congratulations to all of the prize winning members at last Tuesday’s TPS Awards Ceremony: Ronan Kennedy, Andrew Butler, Ann Dennehy, Liam Hennessy, Paddy Sayers, Phil Callan, Maureen Hastings, Peter Murphy, Ben Russell, Mike le Page, Jon Moran, Neil O’Reilly, Karl Bergin and our Photographer of the Year, Carl Farmer.

Committee member Brian Nealon was voted as the TPS Person of the Year and there is no other member of the Society more deserving of this award.

Finally, a warm welcome to the upcoming committee for the next season: Paul Maxwell, Neil O’Reilly, Brian Nealon, David Turnbull, Mike le Page, Andrew Butler and John Coffey.

A very special huge Thank You!! to the outgoing committee members, Paul Power, Darragh Sherwin, Maureen McNamara, Liam Hennessy, Dermot Halligan and John Holmes – the TPS would not have run without you :) x

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