Butler Trail free family events planned for Carrick-On Suir, Clonmel and Cahir
A tourism trail that links the Butler family history and architecture with the three towns of Carrick-on-Suir, Clonmel and Cahir in South Tipperary is being launched this month with a host of free festivities planned.
‘The Butler Trail’, an initiative by the South Tipperary Tourism Company, stretches thirty-eight kilometres along the River Suir, encouraging visitors to explore the history and the buildings of the Butlers and in turn discover the character of the towns they influenced.
Carrick-on-Suir, Clonmel and Cahir, each with their own associations with the Butlers, one of Ireland’s most powerful families between the 13th and 18th centuries, are individually launching the trail at three free family events. A series of historical re-enactments, craft demonstrations and walking tours will take place in June when each town showcases its Butler heritage. The trail will be launched at three separate venues: Ormond Castle in Carrick-on-Suir on June 2nd, The Main Guard in Clonmel on June 9th and Cahir Castle on June 30th. The map and guide produced for the Butler Trail will be officially launched by Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Leo Varadkar T.D. on June 28th in Carrick-on-Suir. The Butler Family exerted large influence over the Tipperary region, arriving in Ireland in 1185 and remaining one of the country’s leading families until the 18th century. The impact of the Butlers can be found throughout the area, from local history to the impressive architecture of Ormond Castle and the Swiss Cottage.
The development of cultural built heritage in South Tipperary is part of a long term strategy to make the most of the natural and cultural resources in the area, and consequently increase visitors and revenue in the region.
Tony Musiol, Chairman of the South Tipperary Tourism Company, explains: “The Butler Trail shines a spotlight on the wealth of heritage that exists in South Tipperary, offering a complete tourism experience that will appeal to a wide variety of visitors; from students to touring groups to independent travellers. There is something for everyone on the Butler Trail and we are confident that it will meet the needs and expectations of the tourist market and in turn provide a welcome boost to the local economy.”
The Butler Trail is an initiative by the South Tipperary Tourism Company, supported by South Tipperary County Council, South Tipperary Development Company, Fáilte Ireland, the Office of Public Works and the Tipperary South County Enterprise Board. www.discoverireland.ie/thebutlertrail.
Butler Trail: Local Launch Events in June
Carrick on Suir, June
2nd, 11am – 1pm
To be held in partnership with the Clancy Brother Festival: www.clancybrothersfestival.org. Location: Courtyard of Ormond Castle.
Official speech by Mayor a re-enactment about Black Tom Butler and display of weaponry.
A stand by An Irish History Live, costumes, artefacts and stories from the period. Basket Weaver demonstration.
Calligraphy demonstration. Fly tying demonstration. Falconry demonstration. A walking tour of Carrick on Suir
Clonmel, June 9th, 2 – 4pm
To be held in partnership with Festival Cluain Meala at their pre-festival event. Location: The Main Guard, Clonmel
Official speech by Mayor a re-enactment about the Butlers & display of weaponry.
A stand by An Irish History Live, costumes, artefacts and stories from the period.
Basket Weaver demonstration. Rush Work demonstration. Spinning demonstration. A walking tour of Clonmel
Cahir, June 30th, 11am -1pm
To be held in partnership with Cahir Horse Festival: http://visitcahir.ie/Events/CarriageTrialsCahir.html
Official speech by Cathaoirleach of South Tipperary County Council.
A re-enactment about the Butlers & display of weaponry.
A stand by An Irish History Live, costumes, artefacts and stories from the period. Blacksmith demonstration. Calligraphy demonstration. Fly Tying demonstration. A walking tour of Cahir. The Butler Trail Map