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For anyone unfamiliar with Dublin, the city has a light rail transport system called Luas – which is Irish for ‘fast’, ‘speed’, ‘velocity’. All the main signposts in Ireland are bilingual, usually giving the Irish name first in slightly smaller text, which is then followed by the English name. The Luas (tram) station signs are no different.
The suburb/town of Tallaght is at the end of one of the main tram lines from the city centre. It’s a pretty big place, almost a mini city in itself. Tallaght itself is very ancient. It is mentioned in the 12th century Lebor Gabála Érenn (the Book Of Invasions) which contains story’s of several successive mythical invasions of Ireland by various races and supernatural beings. It’s also the location of an important early medieval church site that was founded in and around the eight century AD (of which I will write further one of these days). Continue reading →