South Tipperary Tourism’s final Butler Trail event for 2012 will take place in the magnificent setting of the Inch Field underneath Cahir Castle during the Cahir Horse Festival on Saturday, June 30th from 11am until 1pm.
Working together South Tipperary Tourism and Cahir Horse Festival have created an event that will highlight the Butler and medieval heritage of Cahir while making it a fun event for the family. Come along and hear all about the famous siege of Cahir in 1599 from two men at arms who fought in the battle. Dressed in full regalia and displaying a fine array of weaponry these men at arms will tell all about life and times in Cahir over 400 years ago! Our joint-launch will also feature medieval craft demonstrations. Children will be invited to dress up in costumes from the period and hear tales of life in those days. The Butler Trail event will conclude with a free walking tour of Cahir departing at 12.30pm illustrating the towns rich Butler Heritage.
Cahir town grew up around Cahir Castle which was originally a fort built on a rock in the River Suir. The town became a stronghold of the Butler family. The Manor of Cahir was granted to James Butler, 3rd Earl of Ormond in 1375, and afterwards to his son, James Gallda, ancestor of the Cahir Butlers. Cahir Castle is one of Ireland’s largest and best-preserved castles. It was famously besieged by the Earl of Essex in 1599. A cannonball can still be seen in one of the walls. It remained under the ownership of the Butlers until 1961. The castle has featured in many films and TV programmes, including Excalibur and The Tudors television series. Under Richard Butler, 1st Earl of Glengall (1775-1819), and his wife, Cahir became a fashionable place for gentry. In the early 1800s he built the delightful Swiss Cottage, a cottage orné designed by John Nash and the finest eco building of its time. Cahir House, now a hotel, was the town house of the Butlers from the 1770s.
The Butler Trail, a new initiative by South Tipperary Tourism links the Butler family’s history and architecture with the three towns of Clonmel, Cahir and Carrick-on-Suir and stretches thirty-eight kilometres along the River Suir.
Cahir Horse Festival is one of the biggest horse events in Munster. It will be a fun all weekend for the whole family, whether into the horses or just fascinated by other people’s skill and courage when dealing with them. A plethora of equestrian activity will take place, centered on one of the Carriage Driving National Horse Driving Trials events. www.visitcahir.ie.