Tallafest 2016 launches with a big splash in Tallaght Village

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Tallaght Community Council (TCC) launched Tallafest 2016 (#tallafest2016) to a bustling crowd of over 120 attendees from the business and wider community last Thursday, 9th of June in The Station restaurant in Molloys, Tallaght village.

The buzzing launch event was sponsored by Molloys, in their award winning restaurant where there was barely standing room.

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The tea time event was attended by the Mayor, the current TPOTY, local businesses, our media partners – The Echo and intallaght, our festival venues – St Maelruains & The Priory, The Square, the ITT, SDCC, TDs and Councillors – and a large number of Tallaght clubs, teams and schools.

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This is the fourth year of the village festival, which seeks to energise the village and to celebrate the heritage, arts, culture and creativity for families. It is organised by a team of volunteers and the program includes a wide range of free activities – from guided history walks, art exhibitions, to imaginative child’s play and an afternoon of live entertainment on the main stage.

The family festival takes place in a pedestrianised zone in Tallaght’s Main Street on Saturday 3rd of September from 12 to 5 pm.

The festival program includes the firm favourites of the balloon release and the giant sandbox and the Dublin Fire Brigade and 98 FM – as well as Tallaght’s Choral Society, Tallaght ICA, Xquisite Dance School, Corus Choir and a whole host of sporting clubs who will be allowing you try-out new sports and also hosting sporting displays.

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If you are a business interested in sponsoring the festival, a club who want to take part in the festival or an individual who want to volunteer to be an event steward / marshal, please register online , www.tallafest.ie or email TCC today – [email protected]

Gerry Stockil, the Chair of TCC made some special presentations at the packed launch event to acknowledge the contribution made to Tallaght by TCC member, Jim Lawlor, Tallaght’s Credit Union and The Square.

Jim Lawlor has volunteered for over 3 decades on TCC and has been a stalwart of the council – he is now the Honorary President of TCC.

Vincent Mc Nally from the Tallaght Credit Union accepted the framed heritage map in recognition for their 50 years in Tallaght – helping many families save and fund setting up home, raising a family and even getting to the current Euros.

Jack Leonard accepted the framed map on behalf of The Square – who have supported TCC and host of other communities groups during their 25 years in Tallaght town centre.

TCC Chair, Gerry Stockil was delighted with the launch,

“It is very pleasing to see the launch event so packed with so many positive, community minded businesses and people – it points to another successful Tallafest.”

Pics by Michael Finn Photography