Cahir Castle is highlight for tourists

One of the jewels in the South Tipperary tourism crown has been named in a list of Ireland's top visitor attractions.

One of the jewels in the South Tipperary tourism crown has been named in a list of Ireland's top visitor attractions.

The fourteenth century Cahir Castle has been included in a list of the top ten things to do and experience in Ireland by readers of the prestigious Frommer's travel guides.

Combined with the guide's recommendation that Ireland is one of the places to visit in 2011, this bodes well for tourist in Cahir during the come year.

The positive highlight on the medieval castle town has been welcomed by Patrick O'Donovan, chairman of the Promoting Cahir Group, which was set up to attract visitors to the town.

"It's absolutely fantastic," Mr O'Donovan said, "this has given Cahir a place on the map and we'd be delighted for people to come and see it."

Admitting that it was somewhat surprising that Cahir Castle was chosen from all of Ireland's national monuments, Mr O'Donovan said it was very special to have been picked.

"We had no idea he was going to mention Cahir, it's great," he added.

Explaining why he thinks Cahir was highlighted by the travel guide, Mr O'Donovan said that when you come in to Cahir the castle is right in the town and is very accessible.

He paid tribute to the "very good people looking after it," lead by Eleanor Morrissey and her team at Cahir Castle. Mr O'Donovan went on to say the town's success is also due to the huge efforts of many people, incluing the Tidy Towns organisation, under chairman Andy Moloney, and the Cahir Development Association, which is always pushing hard to promote the town.

Frommer's Irish highlights include sailing around the west coast, horseback riding in Donegal and drinking a hot whiskey in Davy Byrne's pub. It recommends Newgrange, the Slieve Blooms, the Dublin Writers' Museum, Glendalough, Powerscourt Gardens, kayaking in west Cork, cycling through Cork and Kerry and kissing the Blarney Stone, as well as visiting Cahir Castle.

According to readers of the guide, Ireland knocked Paris off the top spot and was described by the guide as "the very tourist-friendly nation".

Filte Ireland's visitor attitudes survey is also promising good news. Preliminary findings indicate 57 per cent of tourists surveyed in 2010 said Ireland offered good all-round value for money, compared with 47 per cent in 2009.