"Cahir - County Tipperary" Caher by pure1942
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Cahir is realtively small town located about 20km south-west of Cashel in the Southern half of the county. Built on the banks of the River Suir, the town is a nice place to visit on a sunny day with nice walks in and around the town. Cahir is a popular location for fishing, walking, golfing as well as sight seeing.
The town was built up around a square dating from the time of the 2nd Earl of Glengall, around 1840 to the plans of the Regency architect, John Nash, who was to have a lasting impact on the architecture and history of Cahir. However the square is not the central focus of the town...
The name of the town 'Cahir' is taken from the irish word 'Chathair' (co-hur) meaning 'stone fort' so it is not surprising to learn of the presence of a stone castle in Cahir. Cahir Castle is one of Ireland's finest and best preserved castles. Originally it was Conor O'Brien, Lord of Thomond, who built a fort here on the banks of the Suir River in the 12th century. This was later used as a basis for further development by one of Ireland's most powerful families, The Butlers, after they had gained ownership of the Castle in the 14th century. Most of the expansion of the castle occured between the 15th and 17th centuries.
The castle is one of Ireland's most visited heritage sites and because of the town's location close to the town of Cashel, it is an easy catch for anyone visiting the mighty Rock of Cashel (See my Cashel Page for more details)
Cahir's 'Swiss Cottage' is another of Cahir's must see attractions. The cottage, which has nothing to do with Switzerland, is another beautiful contribution by the architect, John Nash, to the town of Cahir. The building is a stunning example of a 'cottage ornee' or ornamental cottage, which were fashionable around the time as rural residences of the aristocracy.
(The term Swiss Cottage was applied to the cottage by locals who compared the style of the cottage to Swiss cottage architecture - I can see the similarities...to a certain point. In other ways it is totally diffferent and even unique.)
The Swiss Cottage was built around 1810 and was the rural residence of the Butler's who used the cottage as a country lodge and for entertainment purposes. The cottage is located in a stunning setting on the banks of the River Suir, surrounded by woodland and sitting an a raised hill overlooking the surrounding area.
Inside the cottage are beautiful examples of the elaborate decoration and interior styling from the time. Unfortunately, the cottage was neglected for years and it was only through the efforts of members of the local community and generous donators, that the cottage was rescued from irreparable damage.
(For more details, on the Swiss Cottage and Castle check my things to do tips)
If you're looking for something a bit more upmarket than pub grub, you could try Cahir House Hotel which also has a fine... more travel advice
The Walk along the River Suir takes you from the Castle to the Swiss Cottage. The river walk is a nice stroll through... more travel advice
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