The best relationships always start with friendship, and this is true of the towns of Cahir and Scarborough.
The two towns celebrated the tenth anniversary of their twinning arrangement in some style in Cahir, last Wednesday, September 4.
Some 37 Scarborians arrived for their annual holiday, among them 95-year-old Dougie Stubbs! As usual, group leader Mike Manning had organised interesting daily trips for the group and on Wednesday their evening was taken up with the anniversary celebrations. These started in Cahir Castle. The Cahir/Scarborough Twinning Committee were blessed with glorious weather to start off the evening. This meant that it was possible to spend the first half hour or so listening to the combined Brass bands of Cahir and Carrick-on-Suir playing their super new set, while sipping drinks and nibbling refreshments kindly sponsored by Supervalu on the lawn in the stunning Castle setting and beautiful evening sunshine.
The formal speeches and exchange of gifts took place in the Great Hall followed by some beautiful singing from Cahir Choral conducted by their Musical Director Maureen Ahern. Visitors and invited guests were then led up to Cahir House Hotel by a lone piper. All were treated to tasty refreshments there and the rest of the evening was considerably less formal!
Entertainment was provided by the ever-popular Mel Doherty and Friend; some members of Cahir Comhaltas; and four of the Newcastle Dancers, all of whom thrilled the audience. The contingent from Comhaltas may have been small but included a home-grown All Ireland winner, Richie Delahunty. All in all it was a fantastic event which everyone enjoyed thoroughly. A group from Cahir hope to travel to Scarborough early in the new year. A group of teenagers visited with the Cahir Youth Trust, who provide holidays in Cahir for children who might not otherwise have them. It is hoped to send a group of teenagers from Cahir to Scarborough in the near future.