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Cahir go Léir Festival - July 9th to 11th

The launch of the much anticipated “Cahir go Léir Festival” and TRI3 Triathlon Series took place on Wednesday May 5th in Cahir. The “Cahir go Léir Festival” will take place this summer from Friday 9th July to Sunday 11th July. This Community Festival is being organised in conjunction with the TRI3 Triathlon Series and a great weekend of entertainment is being planned.

Local people, County Council representatives, Garda representatives, dignitaries, school teachers and children all joined with the Tri 3 creators and the Cahir go Léir Festival committee to celebrate the official announcement of what is going to be a fantastic event for tourists, visitors here for the triathlon, competitors taking part and for the people of Cahir.

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The launch day started with almost two hundred children under 12 years old on bikes and walking to school. This was part of the green strategy in place at the schools, Cycle On Wednesday and Walk On Wednesday to get fit and lower carbon, as well as helping advertise the community festival. Once the children were all safe in class, Tony Griffin of Tri3 visited each school to thank them for their efforts in launching the event. The Local Garda presence was vital to the smooth running of the morning. They also had the opportunity to go through some of the fine points of the big day with the triathlon organiser.

This was followed by a photo-call at the castle (see photo below) and the official presentation and launch at the Duneske leisure centre

The Triathlon itself is a sprint distance race comprising a 750metre swim, a 20km cycle and a 5km run that will centre around the Castle car park with a route designed especially for Cahir and its wonderful environment. The Tri3 Triathlon Series takes place in 3 stages in Ireland in this its first year. The first of the three races is set for Galway City, the second in Cahir and the third will take place in Kilrush Co. Clare.

The festival will include many of the favourite elements of the earlier 'Fair of Cahir' events, as well as many new attractions taking place throughout the town. The Queen of the Festival, a Field Day in Cahir Park AFC, The Parade, Top Class Live Music on all 3 Nights in the Square, The Funday Sunday on the Inch Field, and of course the ever popular Crazy Boat Race.

Over 2000 people are expected to come with the Triathlon—with up to 500 of these being competitors! Up to 3000 people are expected locally so the town will be full to capacity. This has been heralded as an unprecedented opportunity to promote businesses in Cahir and the surrounding area to a receptive and appreciative audience.

A Festival Information Night will take place in Cahir House Hotel on the 19th May at 7pm to present the Festival Programme to date and to sign up any willing volunteers who will be crucial to the success of the event.

The festival committee are busy planning the program and fundraising events, but staging a community event such as this also depends on the generous sponsorship of the businesses in and round Cahir. The support that has been shown to date is a clear indication that the people of Cahir are behind the event and are determined to make it a success. The committee is also very grateful to South Tipperary County Council for their support of both the Cahir Go Léir Festival and the Tri3 Triathlon, particularly since maintenance work will be required at some areas of the route to meet Triathlon standards.

launch of the Cahir go Leir Festival

Liam Ahern (head of the county council), Tri3 organiser, committee members, Garda representatives, river rescue team and Johnny B band members, with support from local schoolchildren, on the launch day.

Current Programme (subject to change - watch this space)

2:00pm - TIPP-FM, Live in the Square
6:00pm - Mick Martin, Republic of Ireland International Player, officially opens the festival on Stage in the Square.
6:30pm - The Barman's Race and Pub Relay
7.00pm - Introduction of Cahir House Hotel Queens on Stage
7:30 to 8:30 - Irish Dancing and Music on the Stage - Tipperary Youth Ensemble
8:30 to 10pm - LIVE ON THE SQUARE - Sponsored by Cahir Pubs - Johnny B and the Boogie Band on Stage until the finish of the evening's entertainment

8:30am - Registration for the Triathlon takes place in Cahir Castle
9:00am to 1:00pm - Farmers Market in the Square
11:00am - TRI3 Triathlon
2:30pm - Triathlon Prize-Giving in the Square
2:00pm to 6:00pm - Cahir Park Soccer Club field day, Fun and Games for all
7:00pm - Stage opens with the Interviewing of the Queens
8:30pm - 10:0pm - LIVE ON THE SQUARE - Sponsored by Cahir Pubs - The Kopycat Killers Tribute Band to finish

2:00pm - 'The Parade' - Sponsored by The Heritage and the Lazy Bean Café - starts in Woodview and finishes in the Square
4:00pm - Crazy Boat Race on the river - Sponsored by Dolan's Supervalu
2:30pm - Dog Show on the Inch Field (behind Castle) - Sponsored by Darren Ward Jewellers
2:30pm to 6:00pm 'Funday Sunday' on the Inch Field (behind the Castle) with Bouncy Castles, Donkey Rides, Games, Stalls, Barbecue sponsored by Tom O'Donnell & Tom Hallinan Butchers
3:00pm - Cahir House Hotel Festival Queen is crowned on the stage in the Square
6:00 to 7:30pm - Irish Dancing and Music from the Tipperary Youth Ensemble
8.30 to 10pm - The Knights of Leon Tribute Band to finish

And lots more to come!! For more information please contact Maria Taylor on 086 1022014

Download a PDF copy of the schedule poster here

Download a PDF copy of the Crazy Boat Race and Parade poster here

Other Events taking place in conjunction with the Festival

Barrack Street Bash in The Hill Inn Saturday & Sunday night 7 - 9.30pm Live Music, Irish Dancing, Street Barbeque & much much more

Queen of the Festival Competition (under 18’s with parental consent only) introduced Friday Night, Interviewed Saturday Night, Winner Crowned on Sunday after Parade.)

Dr. David Butler of Carrigeen Castle will give two walking tours of Cahir over the festival Weekend. Both will start at 3pm on Saturday 10th July and on Sunday 11th July, meeting at the Tourist Office. David will take you on a tour of the town, which will last about hour, to see the local sights and architecture

Funfair in GAA Playing Field all weekend

Matches to take place in Cahir Park Football Club Saturday & Sunday and Field Day 2-6pm on Saturday

Art Exhibition in The Craft Granary, Church Street, Cahir

2:30pm and at 3:15pm - EPIC Youth Theatre (Entertainment Productions In Cahir) presents "The School" in the Parochial Hall. A short performance of approximately 15 minutes.

Treasure Trail (Saturday & Sunday)

Shop Window Competition (Winner Announced Sunday)

Festival Fever Competition (Tickets to be bought for Sponsored Weekend away Prize)

Festival Parade (Sunday, Fancy Dress Competition, Floats, boat floats, Industrial and other, Groups, FCA, etc,)

Fun-day Sunday on the Inch Field (behind the castle) 2-6pm. with Dog Show, Pony Rides, Stalls, Barbeque, Bouncy Castle, Games, Pets Corner, FCA Exhibition (to be confirmed),
Fly-tying and fishing lessons

Crazy Boat Race 2pm (Sunday)

Boat Rides (Saturday & Sunday by River Rescue/Cahir Dive Club)

Try A Dive (Saturday & Sunday by River Rescue/Cahir Dive Club)

Country Market Stalls (Saturday on Square)

Farmers Market Stalls. (Saturday on Square)

Face painting on Square on Saturday and at Funday Sunday

Ladies GAA Football competition under 8’s and under 10’s in Duneske Saturday morning 10th from 10.30am-12 noon

In Pub Entertainment all weekend


Cahir go Léir Festival gets off to a good start...


Mick Martin, former Republic of Ireland international footballer, officially opened the festival on the stage in the square on Friday evening. Johnny B and the Boogie Men then kicked off the music for the weekend with an enthusiastic crowd braving the 'slightly damp' weather.

Go Léir means 'all' or 'altogether' and signifies the whole town pulling together to create a successful event.

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Tipperary Leader logo
STDC logo
Agri logo
Cahir Go Léir Festival Committee acknowledges the support of the South Tipperary Development company, the Department of Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs and the EU
photo, Gerry Duffy interviews Mick Martin at the opening of the Cahir Go Léir Festival
Photo, Mick Martin receives a memento from Pierce Connell
photo, some of the Go Léir committee with Mick Martin
photo, Johnny B and the Boogie Men get the music started
photo, part of the crowd in the square
photo, farmers market at Cahir Go Léir Festival
photo, general view of the stage
photo, band on stage
photo, band on stage
photo, some of the fans move closer to the stage
photo, more contestants leave the river

Cahir Go Léir - Day Two

photo, the Triathlon with contestants swimming in the river Suir
photo, triathlon contestants emerge from the river
photo, triathlon contestant starting on the bike race stage
photo, the first contestant back at the castle at the end of the bike stage
photo, sprinting in with the bike
photo, after the bike stage contestants leave immediately for a 5km run
photo, contestant delighted with her performance
photo, local businesses took part in the parade
photo, the overall triathlon winner arrives back in Cahir
photo, a pleased competitor arrived back

Gerry Duffy interviews Mick Martin at the opeining of the festival

Mick Martin is delighted with a memento presented by Pierce Connell
Some of the Fair Go Léir committee members with Mick Martin. Left to right Tim Shanahan, Maria Taylor, Gerry Duffy, Pierce Connell, Mick Martin, Brian Dolan
Johnny B and the Boogie Men entertain the crowd in the square
Triathlon competitors return from their swim up the river, emerge near the Parochial Hall and run down to the castle to collect their bikes for the 20km ride to New Inn and back
Colm Turner, the eventual winner, is first to arrive back at the castLe (above and left) after the bike race stage. All competitor then quickly put on their running shoes and ran past the 'Fish' for the 5km race to the Swiss Cottage and back along the Ardfinnan Road
Colm Turner, of the Limerick Triathlon club, passes through the finish on Castle Street to win the Cahir event of the Tri3series

Right. The first lady home, though not the winner - due to the staggered start, seems pleased with her performance...

...Correction she actually seems 'delighted' with her performance (below).

photo, Cahir Farmer's Market in the square
For the Saturday of the festival the Cahir Farmer's Market moved from its usual location, by the Craft Granary, into the square. The stallholders were selling a wide variety of food and some of the smells were fantastic!
The winner of the ladies race was Patricia O'Brian from Ennis,County Clare
photo, members of the cast of 'The School' presented by EPIC
photo, members of the cast of 'the School' presented by EPIC
Members of the cast of 'The School', staged in the Parochial Hall by EPIC (Entertainment Productions in Cahir) Youth Theatre. Formed just four weeks ago the group, led by Jennie Davis and Jennifer Williams, delivered this hilarious black comedy like a team of veterans.
photo, the Kopy Kat Killers
photo, the Kopy Kat Killers
photo, the Kopy Kat Killers
The Kopy Kat Killers Tribute Band provided some excellent entertainment in the square to close out the second day of the festival
photo, the Kopy Kat Killers

Cahir Go Léir - Day Three

photo, horse and hounds lead the parade at the Cahir Go Leir Festival
photo,the Abbey Tavern entry for the crazy boat race
photo, Harley Davidson motorbikes on the parade
photo, ladies of the Cahir Community Bingo shower the crowd with lollies
photo, the queens o0f the festival assemble on stage
photo, Bernadette Doverman sings for the audience
photo, Niamh Delahunty sings and plays the guitar
photo, the three winning queens with Gerry Duffy
The parade was led by a horse and hounds followed by a wide variety of floats and teams. A "passel of hogs" (a team of Harley Davidsons) roar up Castle street; local businesses were well represented; entries for the crazy boat race were on display and local organisations such as the ladies of the Cahir Community Bingo, seen below showering the crowd with lollies, all took part.
The festival queens gather on stage to be interviewed by Gerry and to hear the judges results. Bernadette Doverman (below left) and Niamh Delahunty Below right) sang while Gerry gave his impression of a mobile mic stand.
photo, charlie and the umpa lumpahs from the abbey Tavern receive their award
photo, the ladies of the Cahir Community Bingo receive their award
photo, Pierce Connell, chairman of the festival committee, makes some closing remarks and thanks all sponsors, committee members, facility suppliers and everyone else involved in the festival. The action them moves to the Inch Field

The results are announced and the winner, representing the Bell pub, is Niamh Delahunty (with cup). In second place is Bernadette Doverman (centre), representing the Heritage shop, and in third place is Sinead Phelan (on right) representing the Cahiir Development Association.

Cahir House Hotel were the main sponsor of the 'Queens' event with individual queens sponsored by the pubs, shops and organisations they each represented.

Below - Gerry talks to Mary Ellen Flynn, the festival queen from 2003 when the festival was last held. Mary Ellen crowned her successor and handed over the trophy.

Below - Gerry congratulates some of the ladies from the Cahir Community Bingo who won best float.

Below right - The Abbey Tavern team won the best fancy dressed float

Photo, Gerry talks to Mary Ellen Flynn, the reigning queen from the last festival in 2003, whor formally handed over the trophy to the queen of 2010
Pierce Connell, chairman of the festival committee, thanks all of the sponsors, suppliers, committee members and everyone else who helped to make the festival a success. Activities then moved from the square to the Inch Field. Unfortunately, the rain of Friday and Saturday had turned the river into a raging torrent and the Crazy Boat Race had to be cancelled. It is hoped to run the race on Sunday the 18th so watch this space for news of this.
Photo, large crowds on the inch field
photo, the Knights of Leon Tribute band
photo, dog show at Cahir Go Leir
photo, dog show at Cahir Go Leir
photo, the Knights of Leon Tribute Band
Large crowds on the Inch Field enjoy the improved weather. Many of these were watching the dog show, sponsored by Darren Ward Jewellers, where Maureen Calvert was kept busy with a large number of competitors.
photo, the Knights of Leon Tribute Band
The Knights of Leon Tribute Band close out the festival with a rousing session in the square.
photo, the Knights of Leon Tribute Band
All photos of the festival by Brendan Davis. For any corrections or additions to the captions please call 087 2268126
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