There was good news for Cahir this week with an announcement from Fáilte Ireland that the town’s tourist office will reopen within days.
A spokesperson for the tourism body confirmed to The Nationalist that the office will open in advance of the upcoming bank holiday weekend.
The news has been welcomed by local TD, Mattie McGrath, who last week expressed his strong concern that the office might not reopen. Fáilte Ireland also confirmed to Deputy McGrath that they will now re-open the tourist office this week, following engagement with South Tipperary County Council over the past few weeks.
“It is vitally important that small local businesses that depend on tourism are supported and I welcome the fact that they have agreed to re-open for this tourist season,” said Deputy McGrath.
While Fáilte Ireland have confirmed that they will re-open the Cahir Office for this tourist season, they have also stated that as with other regions and in the context of reducing budgets and staff, Fáilte Ireland will seek to meet with South Tipperary County Council and other local interests in the coming months to explore alternative models of service provision to meet the needs of the local tourism sector.
“The office is still at risk for the future and I will continue to put the case forward for the need for more supports for tourism in Tipperary, but in the interim it is a welcome decision to open the office for the current season,” concluded Deputy McGrath