A great night was had by all who attended the annual Super Valu Cahir Tidy Towns Awards at the weekend.
The Shamrock Lounge was buzzing with anticipation of this year’s results which as usual were kept a secret until the night.
This year’s entry was a record and that just goes to show the town’s participation and awareness of the effort that people are making to put Cahir on the map at a national level.
On the night the chairman, Andy Moloney, announced that the current format will have to change next year as they need to separate smaller gardens from bigger ones and have a look at other categories also.
He thanked Dolan’s Super Value for their continued sponsorship of the awards and for their contribution to the town and other community organisations yearly.
He complimented them on the refurbishment of their premises and wished them every success while presenting Carmel with the Tidy Towns Lifetime Achievement Award.
“Cahir is blessed to have people that come out every week to tidy our streets and approach roads.
“There is never any fuss and they go about their work diligently,” he said.
He praised his own group who apologise for missing a night as if it’s a sin and also the TUS lads Gerry and Dave who do great work with their supervisor Seamus Conway.
Mr Moloney also thanked the Area Engineer, Paul Mulcahy, and the council staff (both outdoor and administration) and the FAS boys who all contribute to a lovely town.
He was full of praise to the machinery men who gave so willing of their equipment, diesel and time during the year.
The cooperation between all groups is what is making Cahir the envy of many like sized Rural towns in Ireland.
He also thanked Margaret and Hughie for their meeting room during the year and refreshments on the night.
There were many new prize winners this year and Mr Moloney said he hoped to see some of the older winners back on the podium next year.
The bar has been raised and competition is well and truly on. He appealed for people to continue to do outside their own area and the town would handle itself after that.
Those who were successful on the night were:
Best Garden - Seamus and Kathleen Shealy; Tony Fitpatrick, Market Yard; Ned Costello, Cahir Abbey; with Cahir House Hotel highly commended
Best Residential - Market Yard, Beechpark, Woodview, with Highfield highly commended.
Best Hanging Basket - Seamus Shealy, Abbey Falls; Noelene Ryan, Bengurragh; Angela’s Hair, Mountain Road; with Tony Fitzpatrick highly commended.
Best Shop Front - Galtee Inn, The Hill Inn, John Quirke, Jewellers, and Shamrock Lounge highly commended.
Tidiest Business Premises - the Riverhouse, Susiesalon, Millrace, Irwans Yard with The Gatehouse highly commended.
Lifetime achievement Award to Dolan’s Super Valu.
It is important to note that the Cahir Tidy Towns Group do not know who the judge is as this organised and judged by the Engineer who brings in external judges with professional knowledge and expertise in town judging and we thank them dearly for their time.
There will be more on the National Reports next week.