2 km from Cahir, on the right side bank of River Suir is a beautiful restored building. Locals gave it a name of Swiss Cottage. In fact it has nothing to do with Switzerland or Swiss cottages. It is actually a finest example of the ornamental cottage. It is a type of idealised architecture. It was constructed in early years of nineteenth century by...more
Building was completed in 1881. The Mercy Sisters have been mostly involved in the health and education fields. The Cahir Convent was Mother House to three convents (Clogheen, Ballyporeen and Portlaw) and two hospitals (Clogheen District and St. Joseph's Clonmel), as well as several primary and second-level schools. Impressive building and spacious...more
It has build in medieval times and became Anglican parish church at the Reformation and remained so until 1820s.It is in ruins and still waiting archaeological works because it is believed that it has built on the top of older building. I saw a hole on the ground in churcyard from where the nave could be seen. Very interesting and seemed as if the...more
Nice building, built by Butler family on nineteen century, originally spinning factory.Now you can buy local artists craft from there. I always try to buy local craftsmen work.It is a nice souvenir and when signed, it gets more valuable over the years. Your grandchildren might be grateful to you one day.There are art exhibitions held on the second...more
When you get there and look closer you immediately see, that castle has been built in the island and on the natural limestone rock. Great two deffences. Before the Butler family took it over, there was a earthen stronghold belonging to local chief. But Butler family owned this castle for 700 years.They were great diplomats, that is one reason the...more
Cahir Castle is regarded as one of Ireland's finest and best preserved castles. Originally it was Conor O'Brien, Lord of Thomond, who built a fort here on the banks of the Suir River in the 12th century (around 1142). The original fort was later expanded and developed by The Butler family, who acquired the castle in the 14th century. James Butler,...more
Cahir Castle was our 1st stop in Cahir, we found a free parking spot on the street right across from the castle. The castle, located on a rocky island in the middle of the River Suir, was the stronghold of the Butler family (the earls of Ormonde), the Butler's more or less remained in control of Cahir Castle from 1375 until 1961 with a brief change...more
The drive from Lismore to Cahir wasn't nearly as arduous as I thought, I see the word mountains and I automatically think "oh crap" but the drive wasn't bad at all and was relatively scenic. You'll see signs as you drive along R668 for The Vee which as you'd suspect offers a V shaped view of the valley as you are driving through the mountains,...more
After visiting Cahir Castle, we drove to the Swiss Cottage about 2km away from the castle. It was built in the early 1800s, the architect is thought to be John Nash who was one of the most fashionable architects of the Regency period, most notably for the Royal Pavilion at Brighton. The style is "cottage orné", it was built as a hunting lodge (or...more
The small town of Cahir in County Tipperary is best known for its impressive castle which lies on a rocky island in the river Suir. It's one of the largest and best preserved castles of Ireland and its origins can be traced back to the 3rd century (the Book of Lecan mentions the destruction of a native fort at Caher in this time). The actual castle...more
The Walk along the River Suir takes you from the Castle to the Swiss Cottage. The river walk is a nice stroll through the wooded area whihc surrounds the castle grounds and cottage. The walk passes by the well maintained golf course which is situated on grounds used by the Butler's for hunting and fishing while staying and entertaining visitors at...more
The interior of the cottage was elaborate and lavish with the best of materials used in it's styling and decoration. The wall paper used in the Salon was one of the first examples produced by the Parisian wall papeer factory - Dufour. The wall paper depicts scenes from Constatinople (present day Istanbul) with classical and rural scenes. It was...more
The Galtee Inn is located in the Square in Cahir and is a great option for good filling food served in a nice pub atmosphere. The food is top quality with great steak and fresh fish as well as hearty Irish homemade soup. I often stop in here for a bite to eat and have never been dissapointed. It's unpretentious and filling. they serve a great pint...more
If you're looking for something a bit more upmarket than pub grub, you could try Cahir House Hotel which also has a fine restaurant. Haven't eaten here in a while but it has a good reputation in the area. You can have a more formal style meal (Sunday Lunch is popular) or you can have the informal pub grub served in the lounge bar, which is also a...more
I was so thirsty after 4 km River Walk that I landed quickly somewhere where I could get rid of this thirst.
Irwins bar was a good choise - you can have your pint and food to the side if you wish.
There was nice inner courtyard, with historic walls.
Dress Code: Casual
As we were waiting for the tour to start we had a chance to read up on Lord Caher, the owner of the Swiss Cottage, his story sounds a bit like something you'd find in a fairy tale. His mother was a poor woman who winnowed corn for a living. When the previous Lord Caher died, those who believed they were next in line for the title found out that this woman's two children were in fact the next heirs to the lordship so they kidnapped them and sent them to France where they lived in poverty. When it was discovered that these children existed, they issued warrants for them to be brought back to Ireland, they found them in an attic overgrown with hair. Mrs. Jefferies, the woman who discovered the children and worked to get them back home then arranged for a marriage between her daughter Emily and one of the boys, Richard Butler, who went on to become Lord Caher and the owner of the Swiss Cottage.
On our drive from Lismore to Cahir we encountered two of the many hazards while driving in Ireland, a herd of sheep and a slow moving tractor. Fortunately they were both in the same spot at the same time on a straight flat section of the road and all it caused us was a minor delay but as you are driving through Ireland it's definitely something you need to keep in mind if you can't see beyond that next curve.
This fountain was erected in the middle of the square by Lady Margaret Butler-Charteris ( remember that the Butlers were the castle owner and city grew around it ). She let it build to memory of her late husband. But in addition it improved a lot a citizens supply of water. Just the middle of the square in the shadow of the trees.more