Queens, Boat Races and fun at Fair of Cahir

This weekend the streets of Cahir will come alive with music and fun as the annual Fair of Cahir kicks off! The Fair will take place this weekend from Friday, August 24, right through to Sunday, August 26, with the main sponsor being Cahir House Hotel. Weather is always a big factor with the Fair but whether it rains or not, the Fair will go ahead.

This weekend the streets of Cahir will come alive with music and fun as the annual Fair of Cahir kicks off! The Fair will take place this weekend from Friday, August 24, right through to Sunday, August 26, with the main sponsor being Cahir House Hotel. Weather is always a big factor with the Fair but whether it rains or not, the Fair will go ahead.

The Boat Race, sponsored by Dolan’s Supervalu, is the one event which is entirely reliant on the weather as heavy rain makes the river unsafe for a race so it is accessed coming up to the weekend and if the river is too high in the opinion of the professionals, then the race will be reset for a future date so listen for update from the stage over the weekend. But please remember that there is a Parade of Boats on Sunday, August 26, at 1.30pm from the Castle Car Park. As many boats do not survive the initial race and so much work has gone into making them, the Fair Committee feel that the public should get the chance to see them and the teams who made them should get the chance to show them off.

Programme of Events

Friday: 6pm - official opening of the Fair on stage in the Square; 6.30pm - Barman’s Race (Sponsored by The Heritage); 7pm - The introduction of Queens (sponsored by Cahir House Hotel) with compere Gerry Duffy; 7.30pm to 8.30pm – Dance Revolution on stage; 8.30pm to 10pm - ‘Fair Exchange’ to finish off the evening’s on-stage entertainment (sponsored by The Gatehouse).

Saturday: 9am to 1pm - Farmers Market in Castle Car Park with extra stalls, food, entertainment, Medieval Spice workshop, Pet Farm and Place 2 B Workshop, crash scene demonstration/rescue with Cahir Red Cross, Fire Service and Garda presence and more. Lots of freebies too! 11am - A guided heritage tour of Cahir will start from teh tourist office courtesy of Dr. David Butler; 2pm to 6pm Cahir Park Football Club Field Day with the famous Dog Show (sponsored by Darren Ward). Dog Show entries will be taken from 1pm and judging of pedigree and purebred
puppies will start at 2pm. The Fun Classes will begin at about 4.30pm and don’t forget that there is a Fancy Dress Class for the dogs too! With bouncy castles, pony rides, various different stalls, penalty shoot-outs, kids corner and face painting, tea and cake stand, a stand providing burgers and hot dogs and a shop running for the day. So it’s bound to be a fun filled family day out.

6pm – Stage in Square opens with interviewing of Queens (sponsored by Cahir House Hotel) by Gerry Duffy; 7pm to 8pm music with ‘Footloose’; 8.30pm to 10pm The Wig Wam Glam Band (sponsored by Irwin’s Yard and Punter’s Rest) to finish.

Sunday: 1.30pm meeting in Castle Car Park, a Parade of Queens will be followed by Boats to the Square (boats to continue on to slipway by Community Hall to prepare for Boat Race); 2pm - On stage, The Queen of the Fair (sponsored by Cahir House Hotel) is announced and crowned; 3pm to 6pm - Funday Sunday in the Inch Field with Crazy Boat Race (sponsored by Dolan’s Supervalu), bouncy castles, egg and spoon race, sumo suits, inflatable slide, barbecue, teas and coffees, soft drinks, games, stalls, etc. Fun family entertainment! 4pm- Crazy Boat Race (sponsored by Dolan’s Supervalu); 6pm to 7pm- Ceolta Feasa, Irish music, song and dance, directed by Micheal Harty with dancers from Kathy McGrath School of dancing; 7.30pm to 8.30pm –DJ Declan on stage (sponsored by The Gatehouse); 8.30pm to 10pm- The Band ‘Never Heard of ‘Em’ on stage to finish.

Other Events

Funfair all weekend in GAA Field.

Pub league all weekend also with League Final on Sunday, August 26, at 5.30pm in Cahir Park FC.

Night Club will open in Cahir House Hotel on Saturday night, August 25.

A Bric a Brac Sale will take place in the Butler-Charteris Hall on Sunday from 1.30pm until 4pm.

For information please contact Maria Taylor on 0861022014 or caplicetaylor@hotmail.com

Fundraising Raffle

A fantastic raffle for stunning prizes continues this week to raise funds for the Fair of Cahir 2012. Tickets are just €2 each or three for €5 and are available from The Heritage and Skelly’s Sweet Emporium, both on the Square. The raffle prizes are fantastic - first prize is a summer house with veranda sponsored by Kenny’s Garden Sheds, second prize is a two-night stay in Kinnitty Castle, Co. Offaly sponsored by The Foot Bar, third prize is a two-night stay in Johnson House Hotel & Spa, Co. Meath sponsored by Cahir House Hotel, fourth prize is a two-night midweek stay in the Kilford Arms Hotel, Kilkenny sponsored by Kilcoran Lodge Hotel and lastly there is also a superb Mountain Bike (on site in Dolan’s Supervalu) sponsored by Abbey Service. The draw will take place on stage in the Square during The Fair of Cahir on Sunday.

Please support the Fair of Cahir 2012 by buying a ticket for this fantastic raffle and help keep the Fair going every year.

Calling all Queen and Boat Race Entrants

Have you picked a Queen to represent your business, club or group yet? Pick up entry forms from The Heritage in The Square. This competition is sponsored by Cahir House Hotel. Don’t forget the Boat Race. Once again, this year Dolan’s Supervalu is sponsoring the race. All entry forms for Queens and Boat Race must be submitted by 6pm on Thursday, August 23, to The Heritage, on The Square.

Don’t forget this is National Heritage Week. There are events taking place all over South Tipp. Check out the Facebook page set up to promote heritage events in South Tipp ‘southtipperaryheritageforum.’