Fair of Cahir 2012—24th to 26th August

Main sponsor Cahir House Hotel

The ever popular 'Fair of cahir' will take place from Friday the 24th to Sunday the 26th of August and will feature many of the old favourites plus some new events. A preliminary programme is shown below but times may change and there is more to be added so check back regularly for updates.

FRIDAY 24th AUGUST
6:00pm—Official opening of the fair on stage in the Square.

6:30pm—Barman's Race, sponsored by 'The Heritage'

7:00pm—The introduction of Queens, sponsored by CahirHouse Hotel, with compere GerryDuffy.

7:30 to 8:30pm—Dance Revolution (dancing group)

8:30 to 10:00pm—'Fair Exchange' to finish off the evening's on stage entertainrnent (sponsored by The Gatehouse)

SATURDAY 25th AUGUST

9:00am to 1:00pm—Farmers Market in the Castle Car Park with extra stalls, food, entertainment, Mediaeval Spice workshops, Pet Farm and 'Place 2 B' workshop—Crash Scene Demonstration/Rescue with Cahir Red Cross, Fire Service and Garda presence, lots of freebies!!

11:00—Guided Heritage Tour of Cahir starting from the tourist office near the castle, led by Dr David Butler.

2:00pm to 6:00pm Cahir Park Football Club Field Day with the famous Dog Show (sponsored by Darren Ward Jewellers), bouncy castles, pony rides, a variety of stalls, penalty shoot-outs, kids corner, face painting, a tea and cake stand, and a stand providing burgers and hot dogs. There will also be a shop running all day. A fun-filled family day out.

6:00pm—Stage on the square opens with interviewing of 'Queens' (sponsored by Cahir House Hotel) by compere Gerry Duffy.

7:00 to 8:00pm—Music with 'Footloose'.

8:30 to 10:00pm—'The Wig Wham Glam Band', sponsored by Irwin's Yard and the Punter's Rest, to finish off the day.

SUNDAY 26th AUGUST
1:30pm—meeting in the Castle car park, a Parade of the Queens will be followed by the Crazy Boats to the Square. The boats then continue on to the slipway by the Community Hall to prepare for the boat race.

2:00pm—On stage, The Queen of the Fair (sponsored by Cahir House Hotel) is announced, crowned and prizes awarded.

3:00 to 6:00pm—Funday Sunday on the Inch Field—with Crazy Boat Race (sponsored by Dolan's SuperValu), bouncy castles, egg and spoon race, sumo suits, inflatable slide, BBQ, Teas & Coffees, soft drinks, games, stalls, etc. Fun family entertainment!

4:00pm—Crazy Boat Race (sponsored by Dolan's SuperValu)

6:00 to 7:00pm—Ceolta Feasa, Irish music, song and dance.
directed by Michael Harty with dancers from the Kathy McGrath School of Dancing.

7:30 to 8:30—DJ Declan on stage, sponsored by 'The Gatehouse'

8:30 to 10:00pm—'Never Heard of 'Em' on stage to close out an excellent weekend. An immensly popular band and stalwarts of many previous fairs.

OTHER EVENTS TAKING PLACE
FUN FAIR—All weekend on the GAA grounds.

PUB FOOTBALL LEAGUE—Matches taking place on all three days at the Cahir Park Footbal Club grounds. League Final Sunday 26th at 5:30pm in Cahir Park Football Club

NIGHT CLUB will open in Cahir House on Sat night, 25th August

A 'Bric-a-Brac' sale will take place in the Butler-Charteris Hall on Sunday 26th August from 1:30pm to 4:00pm

AND LOTS MORE

 

No unauthorised traders permitted.

For information please contact Maria Taylor on 086 1022014 or at caplicetaylor@hotmail.com

The photos below show some of the fun...

 

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Photo of the first band on stage at the Fair of Cahir 2012
Photo of the first band on stage at the Fair of Cahir 2012
Friday evening: Following the official opening, the 'barman's race', the introduction of the Queens and entertainment by 'Dance Revolution' local band 'Fair Exchange' finished off the opening evening with some fine music.
Photo of the first band on stage at the Fair of Cahir 2012
Photo of the first band on stage at the Fair of Cahir 2012
Photo of craftworker selling his work at the Fair of Cahir 2012
Photo of a Jaxx Band at the Fair of Cahir 2012
The driver is covered with plastic sheeting to protect him from broken glass as the fire brigade cut the roof off the car. The victim is then strapped to a board that has been carefully slipped under him—again in case of spinal injuries—and he is lifted carefully from the wreck.
Photo of road traffic accident demonstration, fair of cahir 2012
Photo of road traffic accident demonstration, fair of cahir 2012
Photo of road traffic accident demonstration, fair of cahir 2012
Photo of road traffic accident demonstration, fair of cahir 2012
Photo of road traffic accident demonstration, fair of cahir 2012
Photo of road traffic accident demonstration, fair of cahir 2012
Photo of road traffic accident demonstration, fair of cahir 2012
Photo, Gerry Duffy interviews the queens at the fair of cahir 2012
Photo, the dog show at the fair of cahir 2012
Photo, the dog show at the fair of cahir 2012
Photo, crowds gather to hear the band at the fair of cahir 2012
Photo, crowds gather to hear the band at the fair of cahir 2012
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Photo, crowds gather to hear the band at the fair of cahir 2012
Crowds start to gather in the square to await the arrival of 'The Wig Wham Glam Band', and they were not disappointed as the band played a great session of glam rock hits made popular by a wide range of bands.
Photo, crowds gather to hear the band at the fair of cahir 2012
Photo, crowds gather to hear the band at the fair of cahir 2012
Photo, the 'queen of the fair' contestants lead the parade from the castle to the square at the fair of cahir 2012
Photo, one of the 'Crazy Boats' passing through the square at the fair of cahir 2012
Photo, part of the crowd listening to the interviews of the queens at the fair of cahir 2012
Photo, Gerry Duffy interviews the queens at the fair of cahir 2012
Photo, Gerry Duffy interviews the queens at the fair of cahir 2012
Photo, Gerry Duffy interviews the queens at the fair of cahir 2012
An attentive crowd watch and listen as Gerry Duffy inverviews the Queens and as some of the queens entertain with song and dance.
Photo, Gerry Duffy interviews the queens at the fair of cahir 2012
Photo, Gerry Duffy interviews the queens at the fair of cahir 2012
Photo, Gerry Duffy interviews the queens at the fair of cahir 2012
Photo, Gerry Duffy interviews the queens at the fair of cahir 2012
Photo, Gerry Duffy interviews the queens at the fair of cahir 2012
Photo, Gerry Duffy interviews the queens at the fair of cahir 2012
Photo, Gerry Duffy interviews the queens at the fair of cahir 2012
Photo, Gerry Duffy interviews the queens at the fair of cahir 2012
Photo, Gerry Duffy interviews the queens at the fair of cahir 2012
Photo, Gerry Duffy interviews the queens at the fair of cahir 2012
Photo, Gerry Duffy interviews the queens at the fair of cahir 2012
Photo, Gerry Duffy interviews the queens at the fair of cahir 2012
Photo, Gerry Duffy interviews the queens at the fair of cahir 2012
Photo, Gerry Duffy interviews the queens at the fair of cahir 2012
Photo, Gerry Duffy interviews the queens at the fair of cahir 2012
Photo, Gerry Duffy interviews the queens at the fair of cahir 2012
Saturday morning started early with the Farmer's Market being augmented with craft stalls. Shoppers were entertained by the 'Gypsy and Jazz' music of 'Zigani'...
...followed by an excellent demonstartion of a rescue of victims of a head on car crash by the local branch of the Irish Red Cross, the Cahir fire brigade, paramedics and Guardai. A running commentary kept the crowd informed and explained the reason behind the procedures being followed. More often than not the teams would be doing this at night in heavy rain rather than on a sunny morning.
Paramedics stabilize the victims and fit neck braces, in case of neck or spinal injury, while the fire brigade methodically lay out their life saving equipment on a waterproof sheet so that everyone knows where to find things.
In a similar manner the roof is cut from the second vehicle and the victim removed in the same manner. Note the protection, on both vehicles, attached to the sharp edges where the roofs have been cut, to prevent injury to the victims and rescuers alike.

Maureen Calvert was in fine form judging the dog show at the Football Club ground despite the almost constant rain.

 

Right: "If you make me go out in that rain it will ruin my hairdo!"

Sunday afternoon: The Queens get thing moving by leading a parade of crazy boats and other vehicles from the castle to the square. Cahir river rescue headed up the safety on the river for the boat race. This was very much needed because the river was high and fast flowing after a lot of rain.
Even though each and every one is a winner there are only three prizes. So—in the traditional manner the winners of the winners are announced in reverse order.
Right: Gerry sneaks a kiss from the second placed queen and a surprised winner says "what, me?"
Above: The queens pose with Gerry in front of the entrance to Cahir House Hotel before going inside for a well earned meal.

After the pomp and ceremony of the 'Coronation', the Crazy Boat Race was its usual mixture of craziness, thrills, spills and spectacle. The speed of the river made it impossible to hold back the boats for a clean start but that didn't dent the fun.

Above: One of the safety kayakers keeps a careful watch on one of the entrants. and (Below) another provides a tow for a 'man overboard'.
Race photos are courtesy of Fiona Murphy.

After the race Ceolta Feasa entertained with Irish music, song and dance followed by DJ Declan who kept the music flowing. Then the last night of the fair was brought to a close in style by the very popular local band 'Never Heard of Em'.
After the band played their final number it was just left to Gerry Duffy to officially bring the 2012 Fair of Cahir to a close and to thank everyone who had helped make it such a success, especially the Red Cross team who provided sterling service and worked long hours to ensure that any potential mishaps would be well and truly covered.