July 26, 2014 by Alistair Uncategorized 0

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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July 23, 2014 by Alistair Uncategorized 0

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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July 17, 2014 by Alistair Uncategorized 0

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 […]

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July 10, 2014 by Alistair Uncategorized 0

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 […]

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July 3, 2014 by Alistair Uncategorized 0

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 […]

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