Heritage plaque installed in village on Priory walls
Rod Smyth (TCC), Tara De Buitléar (TCC), Rob Byrne (AIB), Albert Perris (TCC) and Jackie Mullen.

Heritage plaque installed in village on Priory walls

Tallaght Community Council (TCC) installed a heritage plaque on The Priory walls on Sunday to mark the place of local historical interest known as, “Talbots Leap”.

This is part of the on-going community-led activities to recognise and celebrate local heritage in Tallaght. Tallaght is a place of very rich heritage, much of it known only to a small percentage of the wider community.

TCC is keen to gather, document, preserve and celebrate as much of the historic past places, events and traditions from across Tallaght.

This can be animated and celebrated through accessible public art and informational signage as well as other formats. The story behind the naming of the spot on Main Street as Talbot’s Leap dates back to Cromwell’s reign in Ireland in the 1600s and the pillaging of churches and large country homes by his ironsides.

The volunteer Heritage Officer with TCC and Vice Chair, Albert Perris unveiled the plaque on Main Street saying, “Much of Tallaght’s built heritage has been lost over the past five decades.

All that remains in many cases are the stories and memories of the past. The story of “Talbots Leap” is one such story from the 1600s.

It is important that we preserve and transmit these stories, so future generations are aware of them and have a deeper appreciation of where they come from”.

AIB Tallaght kindly sponsored the information plaque of Talbots Leap. Rob Byrne, customer advisor from the Tallaght branch of AIB attended the short unveiling ceremony.

TCC would like to thank AIB for their support, The Priory for permission to install the plaque on their stone wall and the brave Tallaght history buffs who braved the cold and rain to attend the short unveiling ceremony last weekend.

For anyone interested in hearing the background to “Talbots Leap”, they can go onto Tallaght Community Council’s You Tube channel or other social media platforms and watch the short video.

If you have other places of local interest in urban or rural Tallaght, you feel should be honoured in this way, please contact TCC – tallaghtperson@gmail.com

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