News from Cahir



Operation Transformation Cahir is proving to be a great success with large crowds hitting the streets in an effort to get fit.

The weight loss is dropping each week and week five showed a loss of almost four stone.

Next week we continue with Monday, Wednesday and Thursday walks at 7.45pm and Saturday walking and running at 10am.

Everyone is invited to come along for these activities. Plenty water, fish and green veg seems to be the order of the day and there are OT specials in many of the shops around town.

You can follow the progress on Facebook - Operation Transformation Cahir.


The Cahir Tidy Towns Group will embark on a big clean up once this poor spell of weather is over. We will start a new flower bed at Avondale Court.

Members are still pounding the pavements for the Operation Transformation Cahir which is run for the Shaun Fogarty Appeal fund in conjunction with Tidy Towns and Duneske Sports & Leisure Centre.

All are welcome to our 5km run/walk on Saturday, March 1 at 11am. This will be the final day of our fundraising for the fund. Back to the Tidy Towns and there are some offers advertised locally on paint and with the Cannon Ball Run coming to Cahir we are encouraging people to get their painting done early and have to town ready for the year ahead.

The Tidy Towns AGM will take place on February 18, 2014 at 8pm in the Shamrock Lounge with refreshments on the night. All those who have been nominated for positions will be notified by post beforehand.


There is an exciting line-up of events and exhibitions in store for 2014.

There will be a series of Kids Craft Workshops and these are booking up fast so get in contact as soon as you can if you want to book a place for your child.

There wil also be various exhibitions from painters to photographers and craft workers, so watch this space for more details.  

The first of these is a photography exhibition by the students of Bernard O’Brien of New Age Photography.

The exhibition consists of various styles that exhibit the skills and techniques these students are continuously learning at their photography classes.

Much of the work is photographed locally so you will be treated to many different perspectives of the surrounding areas. Opening night will take place on Monday February 17. All are welcome.


President of Cahir Lions Club, Cllr Seanie Lonergan, has announced that all local defibrillators (thirteen in total) have now been re-charged.

Renewed batteries cost over €300 each per defibrillator.

Funding was provided by the Lions Club and Cllr Lonergan wishes to thank the people of Cahir and surrounding areas for continuing to support the work of the Lions Club.

Details of further projects will be published in the coming weeks.


Cahir Comhaltas Group is having a session in the bar of Cahir House Hotel on Thursday, February 20 at 9pm.

Do come along and listen to the cream of Irish music and musicians in the comfort of Cahir House Hotel.


Monthly meeting took place on Wednesday 5th February last and there was a good turnout. 

A craft and jewellery course will commence in the McAuley Room on Monday, February 17 at 10.30am for six Mondays. Some vacancies are still available.

Anybody interested in the Mike Denver Concert and pre-concert dinner taking place in Cahir House Hotel on Thursday, February 27, please contact any member of the Committee. 

Dinner is at 5.30pm and total cost of dinner & concert is €45 per person.

The group is planning a holiday to Malta from Dublin from April 25 to May 2.

Cost is €411 per person sharing with half board. For all enquiries please call 086 8336634.


The dates for the 10th anniversary trip to Scarborough in March are from March 27-30.

The trip marks the 10th anniversary of the twinning of Cahir and Scarborough, in Scarborough.

There will be a civic reception on February 28 and Dougie’s 96th birthday is on the 27. Anyone wishing to travel with the group can bring a deposit of €100 per person to the Enterprise Centre as soon as possible.

The Committee can then book flights and accommodation for those wishing to travel. All are welcome and a deposit will secure your place on a trip to remember.

Spread the word to friends, it would be great to have a good crowd going over as more than 40 Scarborough folk travelled to Cahir last September for the 10th anniversary celebrations here.



Last month’s draw winners were Pat Lonergan, Breda Gallagher, Josie Sullivan, Michael O’Shea, Marie Coveney, Jane Fanning, Frank Ryan, and Ita Peters.


The Parent Councils of both the boys and girls Cahir primary schools would like to sincerely thank all those who supported our fundraising Rock ‘n’ Roll Bingo night which was a great success.

Thanks to all the sponsors who never fail to support us and to the management and staff of Cahir House Hotel for their help and generosity on the night.


Once again the talented Fr Mathew Players will entertain audiences with their latest show ‘The Shaughraun’ with music.

Produced by the amazing Tom Fitzgerald and with fantastic reviews the show will take place in New Inn Community Hall on Saturday, February 15. Proceeds are for Cahir & District Lions Club Charities, so your support is much appreciated.

The show starts at 8pm. Tickets are €15 for adults, €5 for children and are available in the bookshop behind the Lazy Bean in The Square, Cahir, Purcell’s Grocery Shop, New Inn or call Patsy McGuirk on 086 8465764.


As part of the annual AIB ‘Build A Bank’ competition, a team of transition year students held the official launch of ‘The Builder’s Bank’ in Coláiste Dún Íascaigh, Cahir last week.

Those who attended the hugely successful event included the six members of the Builder’s Bank team: AIB Cahir bank manager, Tadhg Howard; school principal, Mary Finnegan Burke; local bank student officer Michelle Greensmyth; Transition Year teacher, Miss Mulcahy; students and other staff members. Guest of honour at the launch was Kerry’s All Star footballer, Colm (‘The Gooch’) Cooper.

The competition is run nationally. Students from the schools involved are interviewed and a team of six is selected and trained to operate a school bank.

The competition is acknowledged as highly beneficial, not only to students participating but also to the general school community, encouraging money management and interpersonal skills and teaching young people to practice saving money for the future.

Bank manager, Kirsty Arbuckle, welcomed the invited guests to last Tuesday’s launch and introduced the team; assistant manager Sarah Coleman, sales and marketing executive Ceili Cowan, financial controller Caoimhe Condon and customer sales representatives Darragh Boyle and James O’Halloran.

The team kept with the theme of the bank, fully dressed as builders with hard hats and high visibility vests. Ceili Cowan spoke on the services and promotions the bank will offer.

These include lodgement services, phone top-up services, opening accounts for new customers, mobile and internet banking and bank link cards. She also announced a promotional raffle for a chance to win a signed jersey from Colm Cooper for all bank customers.

Coláiste principal, Mary Finnegan Burke praised the student team for their involvement and hard work.

AIB Cahir bank manager, Tadhg Howard spoke of the importance for all students of saving and planning for the future, which was reiterated by Colm Cooper in his address, and he delighted the audience by presenting the special prize to the Builder’s Bank, a signed Kerry jersey. Assistant manager, Sarah concluded by sincerely thanking special guest Colm Cooper, the school and bank for their ongoing support and all who assisted in preparing for the launch.

Colm Cooper then generously gave some of his time to the Girls’ Senior Football team; he first of all talked to them and then gave them a hands on training session, kindly passing on the skills of one of the best footballers ever to play the game.

Report by Ceili Cowan, Transition Year.


Well done to George Resk and Simon Ungurean who shared the first prize of €75 for a recent Christmas Poster Competition, Lewis Norris who won the second prize of €50 and Erikas Menkevicius who won the third prize of €25.

All of the boys are students of Cahir Boys National School in Cahir.

Thanks to South Tipperary County Council for their support.

A Mass will be celebrated in Our Lady’s Church, Cahir on Saturday, February 15 at 10am to mark the fifth anniversary of the death of Mark D’Arcy late of Woodview, Cahir, and his birthday which takes place on February 13. There will be refreshments afterwards in the Abbey Tavern and all are welcome. Still missed, remembered and always loved by Mam, Dad and family.


Contact Maria Taylor either by email at or by phone on 086 1022014 by Sunday, 6pm at the latest please with your news, views or photos for the Cahir page.

Please keep words to a minimum as notes are accumulated over two weeks.

The Seven Dwarves: Sarah Coleman, Happy; Roisin Hally, Sneezy; Kerry Purtill, Dopey; Freya McVicker, Bashful; Daithi O’Donnell, Doc; Kevin O’Conner, Grumpy; Alex Kerton, Sleepy.