The weekend kicked off on the Inch Field with events organised by the Cahir Development Association
The place was full of Donkey’s.
First Heat runners were...
1. Liam Ahern’s mount “Mitchell”
2. Mattie McGrath's “Rebel”
3. Tom Hayes with “The Governor”
4. Sean Lonergan and “Socialist Seanie”
5. Marie Murphy’s “Country Councillor”
6. Morrissey’s steed “Donkey Bath”
7. Abbey Tavern entered “Bridie’s Pride”
8. The Gatehouse had “Loose Women”
9. Poulmucka Pub and “Mr. McGrath’s Ass”
10. The Bell with “Lady Loretta”
Second Heat runners were...
1. Mossy Casey's with “Marble Maiden”
2. Paddy Caplice's “Going, going Gone”
3. Darren Ward's “Clockwork baby”
4. Cahir Carpets' “Under lay”
5. Enzo's (Genoa Take Away) “Ah, 1 & 1 please”
6. The Heritage (Pat Donovan) with “The Lazy Baa”
7. Morrison’s Pharmacy with “Goodnight Sweetheart”
8. Johnny Cummins with “Public Liability”
9. Jim Carey and “One Careful Owner”
10. John Quirke with “Diamond Donkey"
These twenty, gracious, community-minded people covered the cost for the night—allowing the rest of us to enjoy the late evening of fun and silliness.
Honours go to Leah Condon on 'Rebel' for Mattie, in third place, who also picked up the “most crowd chilling dismount and Ouch” award. Second place went to young Kevin Keane on Andy’s “Mr. McGrath’s Ass”—a convincing ride with few mistakes. First place was taken by an exhausted David O’Conner who was placed in all of the races and was starting to show the strain by the last jump. But a special mention has to go out to his son Kevin who was our youngest competitor and looked like winning until the last race when a pile up on the second lap finished his race.
A hamper for first place was donated by Ladrigan’s of Abbey Street—many thanks to Ian for that.
The second event of the night, and just as well received, was the Challenge between Cahir, Kilcoran, Ballylooby and Graigue in the marvelous and mammoth Tug o' War.
Kilcoran Stags against the Village Inn Ballylooby was the first battle of the night with The Village Inn taking a knife edge win in the opening heat. The second match gave us a noble showing from Cahir GAA but the more experienced Graigue team pulled to victory. This brought on the clash of the Titan’s as the Men of Graigue and Ballylooby went to work in the final.
They pulled till normal men would snap but slowly and deliberately the men of Graigue, from the Knockmealdown Mountains, were victorious.
Well done to one and all, and special thanks to Carmel Dolan from 'SuperValu' who sponsored the hamper for this event.
Saturday and Sunday were the days for Cahir Park AFC and Cahir GAA to entertain the town—and they did so in true community spirit and in fine fashion.
On Saturday Cahir Park put on a fine display and had games, stalls, pony rides and competitions for all to enjoy. All of the Park’s fine committee were manning their stations. The Obstacle Course was ably run and judged by Vincent Conran, who guided the teams from Cahir Cabs, The Punters Rest and St Kieran's FC through the wet and fun based challenge. It took mind and body to engage as one, with teamwork critical for success. A close race, and a joy to watch, as the Boy’s of St Kieran’s were pipped at the post by the Youngsters of the Punters.
Many thanks to Ger Hally and his team for hosting the event and to Kevin from Spar, on Church Street, who sponsored the hamper for the obstacle course.
The GAA field day got going at 12:30 and had a plethora of events throughout the day. There were running races, very popular rides behind a 'Quad-Bike', a variety of stalls, a pets corner, pony rides and delicious food and drink. The day was rounded out by the Cahir Majorettes who wooed the crowd with music and dance, mixed with a dash of cuteness from the tinker bells. A day such as this would not have been possible with out a strong team behind John and Geraldine.
So fair play to everyone involved and a job well done. A great weekend and loads of fun for all—with every part of the community getting involved it has great prospects for the future.
If anyone has photos of the Donkey Derby and the Tug o' War that we could add to this page please contact Brendan Davis on the number or e-mail address at the foot of this page.
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Darren Ward bravely faces the onslaught of the wet sponges—Go on! Try to hit me!
Above left: The start of the obstacle course lies ominously in wait.
Right: Paddy Caplice briefs the contestants
Above: They're off!!
Right: Collecting water
Below Left to Right: Carry the water over a slippery surface; fall over and get loads of sympathy from Paddy; solve a complex bridging problem to get your water to the final task
Left: Block holes in a leaky pipe and fill with water to float up a tennis ball.
Below: The ball is retrieved and it's congratulations all round
Above Left: Good shot!... Centre: "One nil!!"... Right: "One all!!"
Left: "Let's have the decider on solid ground!!"
Below: 'Pets corner' was a popular area.
Above: The burger stall was kept busy throughout the day with long queues
Below: The quad-bike rides were very popular
Above: An extra special race was hastily organised for four competitors that were too young, or too old, to take part in the 'Big' races. Unfortunately one competitor did not seem to understand what a 'race' was all about but there was little doubt about the winner!
Below left: Paul Lafford provided some high-class entertainment throughout the afternoon
Below right: The pony rides and the quad-bike rides were kept busy all day.