In this its 4th year, the local festival, which is titled “A Town and Country Fair,” had its most successful event to date with a great crowd enjoying the festivities in the Architectural Conservation Area of Tallaght village.
Organised by Tallaght Community Council Tallafest 16 saw over 80 participating groups, performers, businesses and a wonderful volunteer team come together last Saturday for a fun filled family day.
The weather even played its part serving up blue skies and sunshine for the festival. Creative and imaginative fun was the order of the day for everyone who attended.
The festival was opened by a parade from the ITT, through the ACA to Main Stage in The Priory.
The parade showcased the range of arts & heritage in Tallaght – arts, culture, heritage, farming heritage and sports and was led out by vintage cars from Dennings, which transported the Mayor, Guss O’Connell and Aoife and Kayleigh Preston who represented the late, great Philip Preston, TPOTY’15.
It also included the Sonna Samba band, St Martins Twirlers, followed by our native farmer, Donie Anderson, our talented Transplant games athletes, some former TPOTY and the Kiltipper Ramblers.
Tallafest16 had all the firm favourites for youngsters, with some new attractions this year – Engineers Alley from ITT, a fly over from the Air Corps before 3 pm, Claphandies Playlabs, Badge making classes with Rua Red, Dory craft workshops with Joan and art classes with Don Conroy were just some of the new activities.
The musical acts and stage performers provided a vibrant day’s entertainment – the main stage was sponsored by Brian McElroy – a new business to Tallaght.
The stage performances included dance performances from Xquisite Dance, South Dublin Dance Academy, Bipolar Empire, The Level Heads, Brookfield Musical School and Tallaght Choral Society. The Choral Society are celebrating 50 years and performed a fantastic medley which included Vivaldi.
The cultural events didn’t stop there, there was also poetry sessions, history lectures and art exhibitions of 1916, Artzhimers and local artist Barbara de Faoite and Elleen Saunders.
There was a firm educational presence this year at the festival with the ITT, An Cosan, Citywise and Greenhills College on hand to help inform people about educational opportunities available to them.
Body & Soul are equally important. Physical well-being was clearly on show in the diverse Sports zone – full of demos and try-outs. Mental Well-being was also an important aspect of the festival – with HOPE, Pranic Healing, Tallaght Cancer Support Group and Jigsaw on hand to offer support and coaching to the festival attendance.
The festival takes months planning and relies on a spirit of community and working together and that was evident in the crowds, colour, vibrancy and the atmosphere in the village for Tallafest16 last Saturday.
Festival Director Tara De Buitléar spoke of her delight with this years event. She said:
“Tallafest16 was a complete success – our best yet – a wonderful varied program of creative and imaginative fun for all the family. The day went very smoothly, and that was testament to the dedicated organising committee who were simply amazing on the day.
I was extremely proud of everyone involved and found the opening parade emotional – it was the culmination of months of tireless volunteering behind the scenes.
To march down Main Street behind the talented groups, to the upbeat Samba beat was the highlight of the day for me”.
Gerry Stockil, Chairperson of Tallaght Community Council reiterated those words:
“TCC would like to extend a huge thanks to all our local sponsors, the volunteer bureau, the ITT, St Maelruains, The Priory, South Dublin Libraries, Dublin Fire Brigade, the Civil Defence, the Air Corps and all the community groups who took part on the day – even the weather was on our side last Saturday. It was wonderful to see families come down to the village ACA to soak up the festival program – everywhere was smiling faces and laughter – that was truly satisfying for me and all the TCC committee. A final word of thanks to my committee colleagues, who have spent 100s of hours preparing for Tallafest16 – it was all worthwhile to see the enjoyment across the massive crowd on Saturday.