Cahir have increased their marks in the National Tidy Towns Competition in 2012 and great credit to everyone involved. Judging covers all angles in the town, from private dwellings and gardens to the public open spaces. The town is heading in the right direction and next year will be another challenge.
This week should see the library painted and Tidy Towns would like to thank Hugh O’Brien in this respect. He has given his time free of charge to this project. The group should also complete the Mitchelstown Road bed and this is another bed not judged this year.
Last week the local Tidy Towns group said that they would start publishing the adjudicators report on a weekly basis and here is what was said about The Built Environment where Cahir scored 40 out of 50 marks.
“Well done on the works at the Dovecote and the action regarding the billboards. The bi-lingual heritage finger post directional signs and round information plaques were of good quality and general well maintained.
“Cahir Castle is a magnificent edifice that dominates the town. Its car park and tourist office looked well and there are great flowers at the monument and the tourist office. The signs here were very informative but the one for the craft granary needs cleaning. Castle street looked well and in particular the AIB was well painted and had nice hanging baskets. The small bridge and fish sculpture were very good as was the notice board and no evidence of litter.
“In the square the flowers were good and signs were clean. Most building such as the hotel here are fine; the derelict antique shop is a problem. On adjudication day the memorial fountain was not working and some litter was present. “The Market House, Post Office and Craft Granary building were all well presented.
There was an unappealing colour scheme at the disused Castle Chinese Restaurant. The Granary and terraced housing looks well. The St Paul’s Church looked splendid as did the former Erasmus Smith House.
“It was sad to see Cahir Motor Company and two service stations closed down but a bit of cheer was added with he well painted old pump nearby. The disused mill opposite the pump was an eyesore.”
We will print the second half of the built environment report next week but in the meantime Tidy Towns still needs everyone on board on litter and tidiness as the town still has a lot of tourists and visitors on a daily basis.
Cahir Local Awards night has been set for Saturday, October 6, at 8.30pm. All are welcome.