It’s full steam ahead as Tallafest takes centre stage
By Mary Dennehy
TALLAFEST has finally arrived and will be taking to Tallaght Village this Saturday, June 24, for a community celebration of family fun, culture, history, live music, local talent, food and games.
Now in its fourth year, Tallafest is organised by the Tallaght Community Council (TCC), with the support of an army of volunteers and local businesses.
This Saturday the festival will be returning to Main Street, Tallaght, and the grounds of St Mary’s Priory and St Maelruain’s Church – with a busy programme of activities that boasts a diverse and free programme of activities for all ages.
This year for the first time, a PopUp Gaeltacht will also be pitching tent at Tallafest while a new area called the Create Zone, where kids and parents can get active and have fun and learn at the same time, will be pitching tent.
Ahead of the festival, Gerard Stockil, chair of Tallaght Community Council: “I want to recognise and thank the diligent, passionate and very humble volunteers and groups who work tirelessly behind the scenes for months to make this happen.
“Tallafest is truly run by the community for the community.”
He added: “Tallafest is a wonderfully vibrant festival – with a mix of colour, music, dancing, performing, imaginative play activities, with our village heritage and the great outdoors in Tallaght – which is the gateway to the mountains.
“This year’s festival has all the firm favourites – farm zone, live stage, sports zone, history zone and competitions as well as many, many new activities for families.
“We are delighted to announce that this year,we have our own Paddy Drac, who has volunteered for almost 50 years, as our Opening Ceremony Grand Marshal.
“And who better to lead out the fun on the day in Tallaght than everyone’s favourite vampire.”
The festival is also looking for 100 young opening ceremony balloon mascots, who are invited to meet at the Victors statue, outside the entrance to the Credit Union, at 12 noon on June 24 – with their supervising adult.
The balloons used for the opening ceremony are sponsored by One Stop Party shop and are made from biodegradable materials.
For further information on the festival and its programme, which runs from 12 noon to 5pm this Saturday (today), visit the Tallafest Facebook page.