A decision by the OPW to shorten the open season at one of South TIpp’s top tourist attractions has angered people in Cahir.
The Swiss Cottage is set to open several weeks later and close several weeks early, this year.
The Chairman of Cahir Development Association, Mr Andy Moloney has called on Minister Brian Hayes and Jimmy Deenihan to knock heads together and reverse the decision to decrease their opening hours of the Swiss Cottage.
“This important and quaint attraction was traditionally opened on St Patrick Day and would close after the Bank Holiday in October. We are not looking for anything extraordinary here apart from the Cottage to open at its usual dates. The OPW have sent notice to open late March and close in early October,” Mr Moloney said.
“The government has been promoting the Gathering in 2013 and to close the cottage, which local groups have been selling in order to get people home, is madness. Cahir is unusual as it has more than one heritage site and we need it open to promote our town. When the Cahir Abbey was opened almost two years ago we were promised signage for the site by Minister Hayes but only got lip service and we are still waiting.
“This is economical suicide for the area which has been growing its tourism trade over the years with limited resources.”
Mr Moloney says that the revival of the St Patrick’s Day Parade by the Promoting Cahir Group has led to large volumes of people coming to town and now they are deprived of a visit to the Swiss Cottage along the 2km wood walk that incorporates the lovely views of the golf course and protected Cahir Park Wood.
He applauds the many people trying to keep Cahir on the map and has asked the Ministers to step up to match their commitment.