The Swiss Cottage received a welcome boost last week when word was received from the Minister’s Office that they have been granted an extension to the opening season until October 23.
The Cahir Tidy Towns Group and in particular, Chairman Andy Moloney, have been driving a campaign to have the opening hours of the Swiss Cottage restored to that of previous years when it opened from St. Patrick’s Day right through to the October Bank Holiday. “This news is welcome but, next year is still another battle,” Mr Moloney said. He dismissed claims that a yew tree recently cut down on the grounds was causing damage or was rotten and has called on the OPW to replace it with a mature tree. “Trees in that area have been there since the 1800s and need our protection. In Cahir we have Sap Nurseries and Grangemore Landscapes and I’m sure they would be more than willing to replace it at a minimal cost”.