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.
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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!"
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.