South Tipperary County Council is one of 17 European partners in an INTERREG IVC project which, in simple language, means that a body called Waterways Forward are looking at the Heritage Tourism potential of the River Suir.
Chairman of Cahir Tidy Towns, Andy Moloney, has announced that a committee is in place to work with the Heritage Office to investigate how the group can assist in the development of the Cahir Region.
This €2.8million project runs for three years from 2010 to 2012 of which €84,000 is available to the County Council.
Anthony Bates has agreed to be the Liaison Officer for the Bio Diversity project which will entail a Butterfly Meadow, Wildflower Meadow and a Hay Meadow. The group have availed of the assistance of Kevin Collins and Labhaoise McKenna, Heritage Officer, to drive this project forward and will engage the students from Colaiste Dun Iascaigh and the Cahir National Schools.
This promises to be an exciting venture for the Tidy Towns Group and the Inch Field should be a hive of activity for the summer as we wait and see how the meadows develop. We hope that by being involved in this project we will raise our marks in the Tidy Towns considerably. We must remember that we gained one extra point in the results last year for our efforts in wildlife but the judges did remark that the success of the geese and ducks would be gauged this year.
Cahir has so much going for it and a ramble along the banks of the River Suir, on the Tipperary Heritage Way, between Cahir Castle, a romantic, breathtaking folly, built for Lord Cahir as a Hunting and Fishing Lodge in 1812. This area is now rich in Bio Diversity and a sanctuary for birds.
Andy is encouraging more people to get involved over the next few weeks and be a part of getting Cahir and its surrounding area as one of the top places to visit in Tipperary in 2011.
More info can seen on www.irishtrails.ie and www.discoverireland.ie/tipperary