TPS outing Tuesday 23rd August

Hi Folks,
This Tuesday we will be heading to Carton House in Maynooth. Located 20 minutes from Dublin Carton House is a 1,100 acre parkland estate with lots of interesting photo opportunities. There is the iconic picturesque boathouse and the Tyrconnell Tower as well as Carton House it self which is a fine example of a Georgian Mansion.
The grounds and parkland with its lakes and waterways will make for some nice shots also.
We will meet at Molloys at 7.30 sharp and can car pool if necessary.
Neil
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TPS Outing Tuesday 16th August

Hi Folks,
This Tuesday we will be heading to the Phoenix Park for our weekly outing.
The Phoenix Park is a huge park covering 707 hectares and there is plenty to see there. There is the Wellington Monument, the tallest obelisk in Europe, the papal cross which is another impressive structure. There is of course the Aras, home to President Higgins, and many other interesting buildings.
Wildlife in the park include Fallow Deer which roam the park and are quite tame so no need for huge lenses, Woodpeckers have been seen in the woods and there are resident Buzzards & Sparrow hawks. So all in all plenty to see and photograph. The weather forecast is looking good so hopefully there will be a nice sunset.
Meet as usual Malloy’s car park at 7.30.
See you then.
Neil
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TPS Outing Tuesday 9th August

Hi Folks,
This Tuesday we will be heading to Howth Harbour. There is lots to do and see in Howth (and photograph). There is the harbour itself and the famous lighthouse. There are interesting tracks around Howth head that give interesting views of the lighthouse and there is the chance of getting a nice seascape shot.
Howth is ideally situated to get a good sunset shot so hopefully we will have a nice sunset tomorrow.
Meet at Molloys car park 7.30pm.
See you then
Neil
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TPS Outing Tuesday 2nd August

Hi Folks,
This Tuesday we will be heading to the Grand Canal Basin. The Grand Canal Theatre, Conference Centre and the Samuel Beckett bridge can all be photographed in the same night without having to travel to far.
When it gets dark these attractions are lit up with some fantastic lighting and you can try and capture the buildings & reflections in the surrounding water.
As usual we will meet at Malloy’s car park 7.30 sharp.
See you then
Neil
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TPS Outing Tuesday 26th July

Hi Folks,
This Tuesday we will be heading to Lough Bray & Glencree, Co Wicklow. Not too far from Dublin, beside the Military Road (R115) is Glencree, a beautiful mini-lakeland. Lough Bray is actually two lakes, Upper and Lower, gouged from the granite by a glacier millennia ago. There should be plenty of opportunities for some great shots.
Being the Wicklow mountains there surely will be midge about so bring some insect repellent.
Meet at Malloy’s car park 7.30pm.
See you then
Neil
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TPS Outing Tuesday 19th July


Hi Folks,
This Tuesday we will be heading to the Blue Light Pub in the Dublin  mountains. The Blue Light is located 700 feet above sea level and offers the best views of any pub in Dublin. The name the “Blue Light” comes from the fact that a blue light used to be shone from the pub to let smugglers in Dublin Bay know the coast was clear. They would wait until the customs officers had gone home before notifying the smugglers waiting in Dublin Bay that it was ok to land their illegal booty!!
There is a car park there that overlooks the city and we should get great views of Dublin City as the sun sets.
It is supposed to be the hottest day of the year tomorrow so you will be able to quench your thirst with a creamy pint of Guinness once you have got your shots.
Meet at Malloy’s car park at 7.30pm.
See you then
Neil
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TPS Outing Tuesday 12th July

Hi Folks,
This Tuesday we will be heading to Blessington Lakes for our weekly outing.
Set in the Wicklow Mountains the Blessington Lakes cover 500 acres of water. The lakes were formed 50 years ago by the building of the Poulaphouca Dam and hydroelectric station making it the largest man made lake in Ireland.
The road around the lake offers amazing views of the lake and the Wicklow Mountains. There will be plenty of great photo opportunities including Valleymount Bridge which spans the lake not to far from Blessington Village.
Meet at Molloys car park at 7.30pm.
See you then
Neil
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TPS Outing Tuesday 5th July, Cloughlea

This Tuesday, July 5th, 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 trees and is overlooked by St John’s Church.  A perfect spot to practice blurred water shots with a slow shutter speed!

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!
Neil
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TPS Outing Tuesday 28th June

Hi Folks,
This Tuesday we will be heading to Killiney for our weekly outing. Killiney Hill is the southernmost of the two hills which form the southern boundary of Dublin Bay. Crowned by an obelisk the hill is 153 metres high and offers beautiful views over the surrounding areas.
There will be plenty of great photo opportunities. White Rock is a rocky beach that is good for seascapes and if you climb Killiney Hill you get great views looking towards Bray Head and Killiney Bay.
Peregrine Falcons nest on the cliffs or in the quarry behind Killiney Hill and can be seen soaring high above the hill. Dolphins can also be seen in Killiney Bay so if you have binoculars you could bring them along.
We meet at Molloys car park at 7.30 sharp.
See you then
Neil
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Trip to Sally Gap Tuesday 21st June

Hi Folks,
This Tuesday we will be heading to Sally Gap in the Dublin Mountains.
The Sally Gap got its road after the Irish rebellion of 1798. It was built by British Army forces looking to flush rebels from the hills, and to this day is known as the Military Road
On the road to Sally Gap, there are spectacular views of the surrounding blanket bog and the Wicklow Mountains. Wild Deer graze these areas and if you are lucky you might see a Merlin, Irelands smallest Falcon. The Merlin hunt over the bog chasing meadow pipits and other small birds.
There is also the Coronation Plantation, near the Sally Gap which was named in celebration of the coronation of King William IV in 1831. Mostly consisting of Scott’s Pine it stretches for 2km along the Liffey Valley.
We will meet at Molloys car park at 7.30 sharp and can carpool if necessary. Suitable clothing and footwear is advised.
See you then
Neil
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