It was interesting to hear this week on a Tipp FM survey in Cahir that the majority of tourists that were interviewed had only heard about Cahir Castle by word of mouth from visiting other castles and friends who had recommended that they pay a visit.
The main numbers of visitors on the day of the survey were Germans and they had been travelling in cars and were not part of a tour.
There were some Americans present who were staying in Cahir on the night and then heading for Kerry the following day.
The Swiss Cottage was not on any of their agendas and they had only heard about it when the saw leaflets in Cahir and so their time schedule did not allow them to visit but if they had known they would have made allowances.
When asked about the revealing figures, the Cahir man of Tidy Towns, Andy Moloney said that he was not surprised in the slightest by the facts as he had been campaigning for years for a proper drive on tourism in the area.
“We have enough history in Cahir between the Castle, Swiss Cottage and Mitchelstown Caves to spend a day around Cahir. This is outside the fact that we have plenty activities for the more energetic in the Galtee Mountains and Knockmealdowns. There are buildings in Cahir towns and cemeteries full of history from the Butler Trail to St Declans Way to keep anyone amused for a week,” he said.
“As a Tidy Towns Group we have been working tirelessly with the people of Cahir who have been keeping the premises attractive in their bid to increase footfall and we are been ignored on the national stage by a department who seem to think that if your not in the West you don’t matter.
“I have been 12 months trying to get proper signage for the Cahir Abbey and it has been passed from Brian Hayes’ office to more people that would fill a tour bus. This was signage that was promised on the day the Abbey was officially opened and I am still waiting.
“We have hands, shovels, brushes and a drop of paint and are not afraid of the hard word but the officials need to step up to the mark,” he said.
The Tipp FM survey also revealed that there is an amount of graffiti around the town that is a new craze and that it’s in several languages, but overall those visiting are very happy to be in Cahir and say that it is a lovely place to visit.
Let’s work together on the issues to promote Cahir as a place to visit and stay a while.