Duffy's circus

Yesterday afternoon I brought my daughter Annie to see the Tom Duffy circus which is in Blanchardstown for the next two weeks. The show was due to start at 4.30. We were a little early so we took a stroll around the camp of trucks, mobile homes and tents trying to sneak a look at some animals. The compound was securely fenced off so we would have to wait until the show started to see the sea lions!

 A circus child's bicycle under a trailer.

A circus child's bicycle under a trailer.

The show got underway and really kicked into life with this act. This was some kind of pendulum of death! It was pretty amazing really. Two fearless performers attempted death defying vertiginous acrobatics on a rotating pendulum with no safety wires!

 The pendulum

The pendulum

They had the usual couple of clowns filling in the gaps between the main acts. Pestering the audience members by splashing water and throwing shaving foam at them.

 One of the clowns and the ring leader having a laugh

One of the clowns and the ring leader having a laugh

They had some top notch juggling. This guy juggled clubs, fluorescent footballs and of course fire!

 Fire juggler

Fire juggler

They have a lot of animal act in Duffy's circus. They have dogs, lamas (or maybe alpaquas!) and lots of horses including these 3 dalmatian style steeds. Large, medium and shetland.

 Dalmatian ponies get close to the audience

Dalmatian ponies get close to the audience

They also had a dancing pony.

 Dancing pony

Dancing pony

And a bareback horse riding display.

 Tandem horse riding

Tandem horse riding

They had some really nice looking rope gymnastics!

 Curtain gymnastics

Curtain gymnastics

Then it was time for the sea lion show consisting of 3 adult sea lions who balanced beach balls, waved their flippers and did various balancing tricks.

 Sea lion show

Sea lion show

 The curtain call

The curtain call

The final act of the evening was the globe of death! A trio of daredevil bike riders from Brazil who race motorbikes inside a tiny metal sphere.

 The sphere of fear!

The sphere of fear!

After the show was over they invited the audience backstage to see the animals lodgings for a reasonable €2 per person. This was pretty cool as I always wanted to go back stage at the circus and maybe even get a job as a clown.

 Backstage passes

Backstage passes

This was the portable swimming pool where the three sea lions lived.

 The sea lion pool

The sea lion pool

 The animals tent

The animals tent

 One of the Datamation ponies hanging back stage

One of the Datamation ponies hanging back stage

Not everyone was enjoying the circus. These animal rights activists were protesting against the use of animals in circuses. They believe that circus animals have a low quality of life, are caged for the majority of the day and are trained using fear tactics and intimidation.

 Animal rights protestors outside the circus

Animal rights protestors outside the circus

 The sunsets as the evening show begins.

The sunsets as the evening show begins.