IMPORTANT UPDATE ON BARBECUE TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 26TH – CHANGE OF VENUE!!!

Due to the weather forecast looking bad for tomorrow night’s barbecue – the venue has been changed!
 
The barbecue will now be held in Tymon Park, Tymon North Tallaght at the Rangers HQ/Interpretive Centre.  This is accessible from the Tymon North entrance to Tymon Park and there is parking at the rear of the building.  If you are unfamiliar with Tymon Park, meet us at Molloy’s car park and follow someone from there :)
 
As usual, we’ll meet at Molloy’s car park and head from there for 7.30pm sharp.
 
A huge “Thank you!” to TPS member Liam Hennessy for arranging the venue at Tymon Park and a great big “Thanks!” to the staff and rangers at Tymon Park for allowing us access for our barbecue.
 
Please do not go to Killakee car park as the barbecue will now be held in Tymon North Park, Tallaght!!!
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The End of Summer, New Season and Beyond…

Where did that summer go?

Sadly, summer is almost over and this Tuesday, August 26th, is the last of our summer outings…  So we’re going to finish with a barbecue!!!

The barbecue will be held at Killakee car park in the Dublin Mountains.  About 5 or 10 minutes from Tallaght by car, Killakee car park provides a terrific view of Dublin city and Dublin Bay from the Dublin Mountains.  As night falls the city lights up making the car park a popular attraction both day and night.  Meet at Molloy’s car park on Tuesday evening – leaving for Killakee car park at 7.30pm sharp.  Don’t be late or you’ll miss the food!!!

There is another final chance at getting out before the end of the summer as August’s monthly outing to Carlingford in Co Louth is set for Sunday, August 31st.  Located half way between Dublin and Belfast, Carlingford is the site of medieval ruins King John’s Castle, built in the late 12th century. The town also contains some medieval streets and one of the last remaining town gates in Ireland.

We’ll be leaving Molloy’s car park at 9am on the morning of the 31st and should arrive at Carlingford at approximately 10.30.  We can then spend the day exploring and filling our memory cards with beautiful photographs.

Back at the Maldron Hotel…

The summer’s end brings good news as the Tallaght Photographic Society weekly meetings will begin again!  Now we can catch up with our TPS friends and share what we were up to during the summer break.

The first meeting will take place on Tuesday, September 2nd at the Maldron Hotel from 8pm and each Tuesday from then on.  Looking forward to see you all :)

40th Birthday Bash!

Finally, the Tallaght Photographic Society are celebrating our 40th year on Saturday, September 6th from 8pm at the Maldron Hotel, Tallaght.

All TPS members, past and present, old and new are invited to the party so if you have ever been a member of the TPS, you are more than welcome to come along to this party – don’t forget to bring a friend or partner!

If you are coming to the party please email info@tallaghtphotographicsociety.com to confirm as we need to pass this information on to the Maldron Hotel.

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Tallaght Photographic Society at TallaFest, August 23rd

The Tallaght Photographic Society will be at this year’s TallaFest Town and Country Fair on Saturday, August 23rd.

We’ll have some photographs on view and a bit if banter…

There should be plenty going on at the Festival with a lot of photo opportunities – so if you’re thinking of coming along bring your camera!

Would be great to see you there – drop by for a chat :)

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Outing to Bray, August 19th

Pack your bucket and spade for our outing on Tuesday August 19th to Bray, Co Wicklow!  Stroll along the promenade or the beach, or hang about the harbour for those summery sea side shots!

We’ll be meeting at Molloy’s car park and leaving for Bray at 7.30pm sharp!

See you there :)

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August 12th Outing to Bohernabreena Reservoir

This Tuesday, August 12th we’re staying local with a trip to Bohernabreena Reservoirs and Waterworks.  These reservoirs were originally built in the 1880′s to supply water to Rathmines.

The River Dodder flows from Kippure through the valley and the area is very popular with walkers with a 6km walk around both lakes.

We’ll meet in Molloy’s car park to leave at 7.30pm sharp.  There are no car parks at the reservoirs so parking is very limited and car pooling highly recommended.  The best option for parking may be at the southern end of the reservoirs.

See you there!

We’re considering a day out to Carlingford in Co Louth for Sunday, August 31st.  Located half way between Dublin and Belfast, Carlingford is the site of medieval ruins King John’s Castle, built in the late 12th century.  The town also contains some medieval streets and one of the last remaining town gates in Ireland.  Keep an eye out for updates.

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Tuesday August 5th, Outing to the Great South Wall, Dublin Bay

This Tuesday, August 5th, we are heading seaward again to the Great South Wall (AKA the South Bull Wall).

Originally know as The Piles, the Great South Wall was built between 1715 and 1731 to deal with a problem of silting at the mouth of the River Liffey which was preventing access to the city quays.

The wall extends from Ringsend over 3 miles into Dublin Bay and was the world’s longest sea wall at the time of its contruction and is still one of the longest sea walls in Europe.

We are meeting at Molloy’s car park and leaving at 7.30pm sharp.  Head for the Grand Canal, via either Harolds Cross, Rathgar and turn right onto the R111 running alongside the Grand Canal.  Stay on the R111 onto Haddington Road and then onto Bath Road (the right of Slattery’s Bar).   Continue straight from the R111 onto the R131, Sean Moore Road, then take the 4th exit off the roundabout and after 300 metres, turn right onto the Pigeonhouse Road.  Follow this road until you come to the Wall.

See you there!

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Tuesday, July 29th – Outing to Bullock Harbour, Dalkey

This Tuesday, July 29th, we’re off to the seaside and Bullock Harbour, Dalkey.  Bullock Harbour is one of Dalkey’s two small harbours so we have the option then to move up to Colliemore Harbour where you will have a view of Dalkey Island.

We’ll meet in Molloy’s car park on Tuesday evening and will be leaving at 7.30pm sharp.

From Molloy’s we’ll take the M50 southbound and turn off at exit 16 for Cherrywood and onto the R118 Wyattville/Church Road.  After about 4km you’ll come to a roundabout – take the 3rd exit onto the Avondale Road.  At the next roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto the Barnhill Road.  Go straight through the next roundabout onto Castle Park Road.  Continue straight for about another kilometre until you come to a T junction and turn right onto Breffni Road and then left after about 100 metres onto the Harbour Road.  There is usually parking on the Harbour Road opposite Bullock Harbour or you can park at the harbour itself if available.

See you there :)

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Straffan Butterfly Farm, Sunday July 27th

Set your cameras to Macro because this Sunday, we’re exploring the tropical world of exotic butterflies at Straffan Butterfly Farm, Straffan, Co Kildare.

Iris at Straffan Butterfly Farm is very kindly allowing us access to the butterflies at 9.30am.  This will give members a good hour and a half to photograph the butterflies in peace before the Farm opens to the public at 11am.

It will mean an early start as we will be leaving Molloy’s car park at 8.30am sharp!

Whatever the weather, inside the Butterfly House is tropical heat so dress lightly.  Bring along a packed lunch and something to drink as there is a picnic area at the Butterfly Farm.

Directions:
From Molloy’s, head for the M50.  Exit the M50 at Junction 7 for the N4/M4 for Sligo/Galway.  Carry on the M4 and take the Maynooth exit and the R406 to Straffan.  After about 5km you’ll come to a roundabout – take a right off this roundabout (3rd exit) onto the R4o3.  From the roundabout, take the 2nd left turn and carry on until you come to a T junction.  Turn right here and the car park for the Butterfly Farm is directly on the right.

See you there :)

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TPS Grand Canal Walk, July 22nd and Straffan Butterfly Farm, Sunday, July 27th

This Tuesday, July 22nd, we’ll take a stroll along Dublin’s Grand Canal.  We can park at Charlemont Place (under the LUAS stop) and saunter around the canal banks where we may be able to photograph swans and ducks mixed with some urban photography.  As the evening becomes darker why not play with the traffic and try some colourful light trails.

Car park spaces by the canal may be sparse so car pooling is recommended.  Meet at Molloy’s car park to leave at 7.30pm sharp.  Dress for the weather and don’t forget your camera :)

The following Sunday, July 27th, is our trip to Straffan Butterfly Farm  in Straffan Co Kildare.  We’ll be meeting at Molloy’s car park – the time is to be confirmed but be prepared for an early morning start!

Inside the butterfly farm is very hot and humid – this is how the butterflies like it!  It will be much warmer that the temperature outside and this will create some problems with the camera lenses fogging up inside.  See below some tips for preventing this from happening:

  • Warm up your camera slowly over Saturday night or (very) early Sunday morning by using a hot water bottle or microwaveable heat pads
  • Bring a plastic bag with you and any sachets of silica gel if you have them, to put in the bag
  • DO NOT place your camera on top of a radiator or in a microwave (duh) as this will not be good for your camera
  • Your cameras will eventually acclimatise to the humidity in the butterfly house – these tips will just help speed up that process
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Outing to Cloughlea, July 15th and Upcoming Visit to Straffan Butterfly Farm

Cloughlea, Co Wicklow, Tuesday July 15th

For Tuesday, July 15th’s club outing we’re heading to Cloughlea, Co Wicklow.  Behind a small church there, we’ll find a lovely little river that offers many opportunities for getting those milky water effects with slow shutter speeds.

We’ll meet at Molloy’s car park as usual and leave at 7.30pm sharp.  We’ll take the N81 heading towards Blessington.  After about 12 0r 13 kilometres take a left turn onto the R759 – signposted for Kilbride – there is an Antique and craft shop opposite this left turn so keep an eye out.  After another 2 km turn left, staying on the R759 (for Roundwood) and the church is about 3 km further down this road just after a sharp right bend over a small bridge.

Parking here is very limited so car pooling is strongly suggested.  Looking forward to seeing your there :)

Straffan Butterfly Farm, Sunday, July 27th

On Sunday, July 27th, we’re off to Straffan Butterfly Farm, Straffan, Co Kildare.

Experience the world of butterflies in the Tropical House as you walk through a mini jungle while an array of exotic and colourful butterflies fly freely around you.

Take a look at their Exhibition Area and see an amazing collection of framed butterflies and other insects.  Also in the Exhibition Area are a variety of live tarantulas, scorpions, reptiles and other critters.  Then cool off by the beautiful garden pond!

There is a covered picnic area, so perhaps bring along a packed lunch.

Visit the Straffan Butterfly Farm‘s website for more details.

Our meeting time is yet to be confirmed, but it will be an early start, meeting in Molloy’s car park.  Keep an eye out for updates :)

Cheers!

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