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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Massy’s Woods and the Hell Fire Club – July 8th

Tuesday, July 8th’s club outing will be to Massy’s Woods and the Hell Fire Club.

As usual we’ll be meeting at Molloy’s car park, leaving at 7.30pm.  Once there, you can head straight to either the Hell Fire Club or enter Massy’s Woods and visit the Hell Fire Club later.  It’s up to you :)

Dress for the weather and remember it may begin warm but may turn chilly later in the evening!

See below some info on the history of the area:

Located at the summit of Montpelier Hill in the Dublin Mountains, the Hell Fire Club was built around 1725 by politician William “Speaker” Connolly as a hunting lodge.  Originally the building was named Mount Pelier and was built on the site of a prehistoric burial cairn using some of the stones from the cairn.  Shortly after the lodge was built the roof was blown off in a storm.  According to superstition, this was the Devil’s doing for building on the site of a burial ground.  Since then, the lodge has become well known for paranormal and supernatural activity.

In 1735, a few years after William Connolly’s death, the Irish branch of the infamous Hell Fire Club began to use the lodge for their meetings where tales of occult practices and other strange behaviour at the lodge became well known locally.  The lodge was eventually destroyed in a mysterious fire and the Club members began to meet in what is now known as Killakee House, which now also has a reputation for being haunted.

Across from Montpelier Hill is Massy’s Woods, where in the early 19th century, politican Luke White, built a large Victorian house and gardens.  Known as the Killakee Estate, it was inherited by Baron Lord John Massy in 1880.  Lord Massy was evicted from the estate in 1924 after losing his fortune over the years – the house was demolished and the gardens went to seed.

Hope to see you all there :)

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Howth Harbour… Take 2 and The Rock of Dunamase

Next Tuesday, July 1st we will head out to Howth Harbour for our club outing.

Howth Harbour was the proposed outing for this summer’s first outing, but the heavy rain that evening put most of us off from venturing outdoors.  Dun Laoghaire Harbour was the published destination (see Programme) for next week’s outing, but Howth Harbour has more to offer photographically, so weather permitting why not give it another shot?

As usual, we’ll meet at Molloy’s car park and leave for Howth at 7.30pm sharp.

Bring a brolly… just in case :)

This Sunday, June 29th we will head out to Co Laois and the Rock of Dunamase for an afternoon outing.  The Rock, 150 feet about the ground has the ruins of the 12th century Dunamase Castle and a beautiful view of the surrounding countryside and the Slieve Bloom Mountains to the west.

An early start to avoid tourists, we’ll meet at Molloy’s car park on Sunday morning leaving at 9.30am.  Car parking at the rock is sparse so car pooling will be the best option.  We’ll head for the N7/M7 for Portlaoise and turn off at Exit 16 to get to the Rock.  Hope to see you all there!

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Tuesday, June 24th Outing to Grand Canal Basin

While we had glorious sunshine for last Tuesday’s outing to Glencree, the warm weather also brought us plagues of biting insects.

So this Tuesday, June 24th, let’s get away from the midges and into the city and the Grand Canal Basin.  As the sun sets the city lights up and we should get some nice evening shots of the lights around the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre and nearby Samuel Beckett Bridge and Conference Centre.

Meet in Molloy’s car park on Tuesday evening, leaving at 7.30pm sharp!  Parking will be limited around the theatre so we can car pool from Molloy’s!  See you there :)

Just a quick reminder that Palmerstown Camera Club’s 5th Annual Photographic Exhibition is open for a visit tomorrow and Sunday between 10am and 5pm at The Parish Hall, Palmerstown Village and all are welcome!

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Tuesday, June 17th Club Outing and more…

Our great friends Palmerstown Camera Club are holding their 5th Annual Photographic Exhibition on the Saturday & Sunday 21st & 22nd of June 2014 at the Parish Hall, Palmerstown Village from 10am to 5pm.  They have kindly extended a warm invitation to all Tallaght Photographic Society members to attend.  This would be well worth a visit if you can spare an hour or so that weekend as the exhibition will be sure to contain some very creative and inspiring work and you’ll be very welcome.

Last Tuesday’s weather improved greatly and prompted a smashing turnout for the club outing to Valleymount Bridge at Blessington Lakes.

This Tuesday, June 17th, we’re off to Lough Bray near Glencree, Co Wickow.  Lough Bray is a tarn or corrie lake formed by a glacier in the ice age and consists of an upper and lower lake.  Nearby village, Glencree is home to the Glencree German War Cemetery which may also be of interest.  Alongside the cemetery runs the Glencree River.

As usual, we’ll meet at Molloy’s car park on Tuesday evening, leaving at 7.30pm.  Parking at Lough Bray and in Glencree is limited so car pooling from Molloy’s would be a good idea.  Hope to see you there!

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Blessington Lakes

It would seem that the terrible weather might have put most of us off heading to Howth Harbour for last Tuesday’s first outing of the summer :(  although a couple of dedicated members turned up at Molloy’s – did anyone venture out to Howth?

Hopefully the weather is kinder this coming Tuesday, June 10th for a trip out to Vallymount Bridge, at Blessington Lakes

We will meet at Molloy’s car park, leaving at 7.30pm.  Take the N81, through Blessington, turn left onto the R758 (signposted for Valleymount).  Cross the first bridge and carry on until the second bridge, Valleymount Bridge, and there is a car park on the left just before the bridge.

Dress for the weather and bring a brolly (just in case)…  hope to see you there :)

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Here Comes the Summer!!!

The bad news is our weekly club meetings at the Maldron for this season have come to an end :(

The good news is that Summer is here again!!!  …and that means our weekly summer outings are back beginning with a visit to Howth Harbour this coming Tuesday, June 3rd.  We’ll be meeting in Molloy’s car park and leaving for Howth at 7.30pm sharp! I’m looking forward to a good turn out from members old and new!

Howth Harbour is a great place to visit with plenty to photograph from boats and yachts, sea birds, Irelands Eye, Howth Lighthouse and if you’re lucky you may even catch one or two seals swimming about the harbour.  If we’re lucky with the weather, we may even experience a spectacular sunset.

If you’re currently not a member of the TPS, you’re more than welcome to join us on any of our summer outings each Tuesday evening.  Keep an eye on the website for updates!

This June bank holiday weekend offers some great photo opportunities in Dublin City, with Bloom 2014 already underway in Phoenix Park.  Bloom is Ireland’s largest gardening, food and family event and features 30 beautiful show gardens as well as many food and Irish craft stalls.

Staying in the city, why not take a stroll down to Dublin’s docklands for the Dublin Port Riverfest!  This maritime feast includes the arrival and berthing of 3 tall ships and 4 schooners and will feature music, dancing, circus street performers, pirate re-enactments and open air food and craft markets.

Have a great bank holiday weekend!

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TPS Meeting Tuesday 27th May

First I would like to thank all the members that turned up at the AGM last Tuesday. We have had a few changes to the committee, and I would like to thank the departing committee members, Ray Mallon and Martin Dunne for all their work over the past year. We have a new committee and a big welcome to them, President Paul Maxwell, Club Secretary Paul Power, Treasure, Brian Nealon, Competition Secretary, John Brady, Committee Members Maureen McNamara, Dermot Halligan, Liam Hennessy and John Holmes.

This Tuesday coming we will be in the Maldron Hotel, Tallaght from 8.00pm onwards. This will be a social night where we will have a drink and some food for you. This is also the prize giving night, with prizes for the monthly League Competition, Best of 4 and the Photographer of the Year.

This is also a great opportunity for all members to come and meet everyone and have a great evening.

This Tuesday’s meeting is the last of the season – but fear not photography fans… we will continue to meet each week for photographic outings during the summer. We will meet in Molloy’s pub car park each Tuesday evening for 7.30pm and venture off to somewhere with some photographic interest e.g. Blessington Lakes, Howth Harbour, Dalkey, Dublin/Wicklow Mountains etc. Any suggestions for Tuesday evening outings are welcome but bear in mind that we are limited with travelling time so some place local (within 30-45 minutes drive) is ideal.

Parking at the Maldron Hotel

The Maldron Hotel has a free secure underground carpark. You get a ticket from the machine and the gates will open. When parking please park in the Hotel parking bays (if you don’t you might get clamped). On leaving please get your ticket validated from the reception in the hotel lobby.

See you all on Tuesday

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Club AGM Night

A big thank you to everyone who attended the Club AGM last night as there was a great turnout and fantastic participation in the meeting by all on the items that were discussed. 

Firstly I want to say thanks to the Committee member who have served the club so well over the past few years and have stepped down this year, Derek Clarke, Martin Dunne and Ray Mallon thank you all for the work you have put into keep the club running.

Secondly a big welcome to the new Committee with some returning who have served before and to the new member who have joined this year for the first time, I look forward to working with you all over the next year.

President
Paul Maxwell

Club Secretary
Paul Power

Treasure
Brian Nealon

Competition Secretary
John Brady

Committee Members
Maureen McNamara
Dermot Halligan
Liam Hennessy
John Holmes

Looking forward to seeing you all at the Presentation night next week and thanks again to everyone for attending last night.

John

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