The official opening of the refurbished Community Hall took place on March 23rd with local man Seamus Martin, of Tipp FM, cutting the ribbon and declaring the hall open. There was a large attendance at the opening, including Chairman of South Tipperary County Council, Michael Fitzgerald—members of South Tipperary Development Company, who part funded the project—builder Arthur Morrissey and many local community groups including the Cahir Gardai. The hall has had a complete makeover from roof to floor. 'Cahir Country Markets' were on hand to provide tea and cakes and to sell their delicious fresh produce.
This building dates back to the 184Os when it is believed to have been a store. In the 1940's it was the home of the local Vocational School until the Ceard Scoil was built in
Church Street. To this date, the community hall is an active part of commuinity life in Cahir, from Monday right through to Saturday the Hall is in constant use.
For over four and a half years the hall committee had being trying to get funding, from various bodies, to refurbish the building. A South Tipperary Development Company grant of 50% of the total works greatly aided the project. Work began on the building after Christmas 2011 with a new roof, insulation, windows, new toilet facilities, kitchen, emergency lighting, re-painting, and tiling. The iron vents on the roof were painstakingly restored by Cahir Engineering Company. The hall was re-painted, the floor sanded and varnished and new doors filted. Comprehensive re-wiring was done and a new emergency door was installed. Where possible local trades-people were recruited to do the work.
Following the refurbishment the hall experienced its busiest period for several years with around 5,000 people having frequented the popular venue in a single month, justifying the confidence, time and expense of the renovations.
Just under two years ago a steering committee was formed, under the chairmanship of Father Ray Reidy assisted by Martin O'Keeffe (treasurer), Peggy Crosse (secretary) and John Quirke (PRO) to save the hall from dilapidation. The committee were fully committed to re-opening the only public hall in Cahir. Undaunted by the major task ahead, they set about their work in a determioned manner. All sorts of fund raising events were put in place , including quizzes, bring and buys, church gate collections etc.
Regular user of the hall include Country Markets, Majorettes, art classes, On Your Toes, Irish and disco dancing, drama, GAA meetings, keep fit, Colaiste Dun Iascaigh, musicals, craft fairs, children's Christmas choir and Majorettes shows.
The committee would like to thank patrons who supported various fund-raising events, CDA and PAS for their support. There is still some way to go to raise all of the money required so please be generous with the on-going fundraising activities. Any trade sponsorships would also be most welcome.
During the coming year many more improvements are planned. If you wish to make use of the hall Hillary Carter will be pleased to take your booking at 052 7441524.
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Guests start to arrive for the ceremony.
Father O'Dwyer and the Reverend Arthur Carter each say a few words and bless the hall
Left: Councillor Seanie Lonergan shares a joke with Seamus Martin, Francis Cunningham (a founder member of the Cahir Community Council) and Mary Finnegan-Burke (Colaiste Dun Iasgaigh)
Right: Seamus interviews John Quirke for Tipp FM.