Originally from Belfast, Tara moved to Dublin to study drama at the Gaiety School of Acting. “It wasn’t like a normal uni experience that we had. We we were doing more hours than medicine students! Having more free time now to actually explore Dublin and get to know it a bit better is really good.” Even though Tara is finished with university, she decided to stay in Dublin. She works full-time as a waitress, but is also pursuing her acting career. “To be part of this really tight-knit community where everybody has each others back is just great. I’ve never seen this in any other city that I’ve been to, so being an actress down here is really good.”
In 2015, there was a big country-wide casting call for young people for a new short film that was being funded by the Irish Film Board. The idea was to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising, and the impact it had on the 100 years that followed. Tara was cast for the short film, which was called ‘The Party’ and shot in Dublin. It was nominated for a BAFTA in the category Best British Short. “We were so surprised to find out that the film had been nominated for a BAFTA. The whole team got flown to London and got invited to the award ceremony. It is definitely one of the biggest achievements of my life.”
Watch ‘The Party’ with Tara here!
Tara’s Dublin Tips
The Best Street
Grafton Street! Walking up Grafton street, you always see street musicians and just a general business to it. It’s nice to see people excited walking up through Grafton Street and seeing all the different things, especially during Christmas!
The Best Restaurant
The Perfect Night
There’s always theatre going on! The New Theatre is great, which is at the back of a bookshop in Temple Bar. But you never just go for one show in Dublin, you’re back at like 4 in the morning…
The Place to meet Locals
There’s a bar called the Bison Bar, which is down in the Quays just overlooking the Liffey. It is a cool whiskey bar. You go in and there is always someone to talk to, there’s always people chatting to each other. It’s just a typical Irish Pub atmosphere.
The Art Hotspot
Local artists come to showcase their art at Merrion Square Park most Sundays. So when I finish up work on a Sunday, I always walk by the park and have a look at the stunning paintings which are hung up along the fences and gates of the park. I always say that one day I will buy one, but I’ve yet to do that.
My Dublin Song
Little One – ‘The Habit’
Listen to Tara’s favourite Dublin song on our TakeOffTalk Dublin Playlist!