A visit to Tallanstown, Co. Louth, Ireland.

Yesterday was a great day to go for a family bike ride.  The weather was dry and mild which equals perfect!  Our littlest one is 8 and well capable of keeping up with the rest of us.  We decided to visit our neighboring village, which is called Tallanstown.   It was a beautiful and easy 10 minute bike ride.  It was fair day in Tallanstown, with lots of people, music, animals, and different fair attractions.  We enjoyed walking around, seeing the sights, and catching up with friends.  I confess that I didn’t take pictures of the fair (just my kids!).  I think the history and beauty of the village are more interesting.  I had taken some sunny day pictures of the park previously, and today I went back and captured some of the historical side of the village.  It was raining while I took my photos today. Bucketing rain.  But I had this blog post in my head, and that was that!

I enjoyed learning about Vere Foster (1819-1900), a man of wealth with ties to Tallanstown, who lived his life helping others less fortunate than himself.  The statue is fitting, displaying books, since his efforts brought about great change in the Irish education system. He did this to improve emigrants chances of success in America.

The park in Tallanstown is a lovely, peaceful place.  It has pretty paths with so many different plants and trees.  I loved all of the different textures, and sizes of plants (that’s what I go for!).  It is very well maintained.  They are currently putting in a new herb garden.

It came as no surprise when Tallanstown won the national Tidy Towns competition in 2010. The village is pristine and beautified with flowers, lots and lots of flowers!  There is a great deal of pride in the community, and it shows.

We really enjoyed our afternoon out and about.  We arrived home just as the rain started.  Great timing!

I am still figuring out the best way for me to display photos in my blog.  I’m trying a different way today. The pictures are small, but if you click on them it’ll open up a slide show.   Please feel free to let me know what you think!  Is it better to have less photos (I put more in today, to try this out!) enlarged in the blog? or more in a slide show?  Thoughts and comments are always welcome!

Enjoy this little tour of our neighboring village!


6 thoughts on “A visit to Tallanstown, Co. Louth, Ireland.

  1. I don’t like slide shows, I also don’t care for so many pictures in on blog posting, maybe 1/2 the number you posted here.

    Happy Gardening

    • Thank you for your opinion, Tiny Oklahoma Garden! I appreciate you taking the time to let me know. I agree, I don’t think I like the slide show or that many pictures. I’ll be back to my old style for my next post. 🙂

  2. Hi Mominthegarden. Lovely blog, and I enjoyed the photos of Tallinstown School. I visited Tallanstown in 2019 as I’m writing a book about my father who lived in the old Police Station from 1894 to about 1908. It was a lovely June day, and I sat in the back garden of the inn which used to be the barracks. The river was sparkling in the sun and mayflies played all around me. I really enjoyed that day. Let’s know if you ever learn anything about the founding of the old school, and what connection it had to Vere Foster. I know he wasn’t allowed to build any schools, but did put a lot of money into refurbishing hundreds of schools around the country. Keep up the good work.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.