Rain didn’t stop all the fun of the fair, when the Fair of Cahir took over the town last weekend, bringing entertainment for all the family.
The organisers stayed with the original and well loved format of the Fair with the Queens, the Dog Show, Pub League, Funfair, music in the Square, lots of entertainment all around town including The Cahir Park Field Day and the hugely popular Boat Race which went ahead despite much speculation! They could only hope for fine weather and the rain that did fall didn’t stop the fun of the fair.
The Fair of Cahir this year coincided with Heritage Week and so the committee worked closely with local clubs to promote and include them and used as many local services, musicians and volunteers as much as was possible to promote the heritage in the town. This was their first year of running this much requested event so they kept it small and intend to build on it every year, making it the family event that we all look forward to and enjoy so much. The main sponsor was Cahir House Hotel and the Fair was organised by The Promoting Cahir Group. Committee members were Chairman Patrick O’Donovan, Treasurer Catherine Caplice, Secretary Brian Dolan, Music Director Jason Maher and Event Manager Maria Taylor.
Chairman, Patrick O’Donovan, addressed the crowd gathered before the stage on the final night and thanked all the local traders who made this event possible by sponsoring items on the programme, or by donating towards the cost of the event and by entering a Queen or a Boat. This means that the Fair can continue every year to provide a weekend of free entertainment for the residents of Cahir who continue to support their local traders. Pat also thanked the local services, An Garda Siochana for their assistance and patience over the weekend, The Cahir Red Cross Group for their fantastic cover of the Fair and keeping everyone safe, Cahir River Search & Rescue for their help on the river and without whom the Boat Race could not take place, they certainly had plenty of work this year! Cahir Dive Club was also on hand if needed. He also thanked South Tipperary County Council for all their support. The Fair of Cahir Committee could not host this event without the help of these local services. Pat also thanked his committee and concluded his speech by telling the crowd to enjoy the last night’s entertainment.
Here are just some of the results of the weekend, more next week.
Barman’s Race (sponsored by The Heritage) - 1st place went to The Galtee Inn with Jonny Walsh getting to the finish line with hardly a drop spilled! 2nd place went to The Shamrock Lounge with Hughie O’Donoghue showing he can still compete with the best of them and 3rd place went to The Gatehouse where an enthusiastic Derek Mulhall just barely missed out on 2nd place by a few drops. Well done to all.
Queen’s Competition (sponsored by Cahir House Hotel) - 1st place went to Ciara Cunningham who was sponsored by The Shamrock Lounge, 2nd place went to Naomi Coonan who was sponsored by Cahir House Hotel and 3rd place went to Amy Sweeney who was sponsored by Irwins. Well done to all the girls who took part and their sponsors too. Their names were: Clionagh Higgins, sponsored by Susies Salon, Kirsty Downey, sponsored by A Touch of Klasse, Kelly Maher, sponsored by The Riverhouse, Caroline O’Connor, sponsored by Dolans Supervalu and Saoirse O’Flynn, sponsored by The Gatehouse. Thank you to ‘The Pride of Tipperary’ Aoife O’Meara who kindly presented the winners with their trophies on the day.
Crazy Boat Race (sponsored by Dolan’s Supervalu) winner was ‘Cahir Carpets’ and Best Boat went to ‘The Granary’
The Pub League Final took place in Cahir Park F.C. on Sunday with Morrissey’s Bar Team beating Poulmucka to win The Cup Competition and Darren Ward Jewellers Team beating The Hill Bar to win The Plate Competition.
The Fair of Cahir Fundraising Raffle results will be printed next week.
Congratulations to all those who took part. Any uncollected prizes can be picked up at The Heritage in The Square, Cahir.