Cahir to host Colonel Richard Butler-Charteris commemorative weekend

The Butler-Charteris commemorative weekend – marking the 50th anniversary of the death of Colonel Charteris (picturedleft) – is being held in Cahir on Saturday September 3 and Sunday September 4.

The Butler-Charteris commemorative weekend – marking the 50th anniversary of the death of Colonel Charteris (picturedleft) – is being held in Cahir on Saturday September 3 and Sunday September 4.

The programme of events – free of charge and open to all – is as follows:

Saturday September 3

10am Opening of the photographic exhibition in The Great Hall, Cahir Castle, in the presence of The Colonel’s relatives.

11am The Butler-Charteris memorial lecture, delivered in The Great Hall by The Very Revd Dr Robert B. MacCarthy, Dean of Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin, entitled ‘The Cahir Estate since the Reformation, with particular emphasis on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries’.

12noon Guided tour of Cahir Castle, with emphasis on the Glengall and Butler-Charteris years.

2.45pm Guided tour of Swiss Cottage

4.15pm Visit to Cahir Park AFC Clubhouse and grounds, to view The Cricket Pavillion (the old changing rooms) and tour the new clubhouse. The Charteris Cup (1921) will be on display, as well as team photos with the Colonel (both soccer and cricket teams: he was patron of both clubs from 1921-61); the principal room of the clubhouse will then be officially named The Colonel R.B. Charteris Room, in the presence of the Colonel’s relatives, and his portrait unveiled. Refreshments will be served.

Sunday September 4

10.30am Visit to the Butler-Charteris plot at Kilcommon Burial Ground for wreath-laying by the Colonel’s relatives followed by a private visit for the Charteris Family and former estate employees to Cahir Park and grounds, courtesy of Mrs Helen Wheeler.

2.30pm Walking tour of Cahir town centre, emphasising Butler and Charteris links, particularly The War Memorial (the Colonel’s nephew, Henry Richard Inigo-Jones, is commemorated thereon); The Butler-Charteris Memorial Fountain in The Square (erected to the memory of The Colonel’s father). The walk will conclude with a ‘behind the scenes’ tour of St Paul’s Church with its family plaques and gallery, and a wreath will be laid at the Glengall Mausoleum in the church grounds.

5pm The weekend will close with an Ecumenical Evensong Service, when thanksgiving for the work of the Butler and Charteris families in creating the heritage town of Cahir over several centuries –– may be given.

Do come along – all are welcome at this service, particularly surviving estate employees and their families, and all who remember The Colonel with affection.

Further information from event organiser, Dr David Butler, by email to carrigeencastle@yahoo.co.uk or 052-7441370.